IPL Hair Removal
IPL stands for Intense pulsed light. The procedure uses neon lamps that emit full spectrum of light in a very short period of time. It is proving to be a very popular method of hair removal and is cheaper and much faster than Laser hair removal.
The light is applied to the skin’s surface with the use of a hand-held wand or an articulated arm. The light travels through the skin which strikes the hair shaft and the root. The light is converted to heat that instantly destroys and vaporises the hair-producing papilla and the hair follicle. It is important to remember that Photoepilation is not a permanent hair removal method rather it is a permanent hair reduction method. This means that IPL treatments can permanently reduce the number of body hairs but not completely eliminate them.
IPL can also be used in other skin disorders such as acne rosacea, broken capillaries and sun damage. For acne rosacea, it reduces and relieves facial redness. Pulses of light are very short in duration which minimizes discomfort and damage to other tissues. IPL can work on any skin type and only works on the top layers of the skin which also minimizes damage to the epidermis.
Before IPL hair removal treatments, it is best to let the hair grow and avoid other hair removal treatments for at least two weeks. The more visible the hair is, the more successful the procedure will be. Furthermore, skin should be moisturised daily to make sure that it is not weak and prone to breakage. After the treatment, the skin will feel as if it is sunburned. However, the pain will only last for a couple of hours.
Pain can be reduced by a cold compress and applying special creams such as aloe vera or sunburn creams will also help. The skin should be moisturised as it needs moisture to heal. It is best to avoid harsh rubbing of the skin and instead just pat dry the skin. If the area treated is the underarms, it is best to avoid using deodorants for at least a day. If redness and swelling continues, antibiotic creams can be applied to the affected skin. After a couple of weeks, some stubbles can appear but it is merely old hair and dead follicles being pushed out. Exfoliation can easily remove these. If you are in between treatments, it is best to avoid the sun to avoid development of pigmentation in the skin. It would be best to use sunscreen protection during this period. Other hair removal methods should also be avoided, but you can shave hair within four to five days after the treatment.
One of the advantages of IPL is that is can work on any type of skin unlike laser hair removal. It can work with any skin color, hair color and hair depth. However, the ideal candidates are people with light skin and darker hair. For many people with dark skin or with light blonde, grey or red hair treatments prove to be ineffective. The surrounding skin also does not get damaged in the process. There also adverse effects such as skin pigment cells getting damaged which can result in paler or darker skin patches. For IPL to be completely successful, a physician needs to assess the skin before treatment, this typically costs £25 to £35. The actual IPL Treatment of smaller areas can range between £300 and £350, and larger areas £700 to £1,300.
IPL hair removal is considered to be the most effective and safest hair removal method available. Although side effects can occur in extreme cases, they are very minimal and less common than in laser hair removal.