About Hair Removal with IPL/Laser
Excess body or facial hair can be a problem for both women and men. Frequent hair removal chores including shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing are time-consuming, often painful, and always inconvenient. At best, they offer only temporary results, for some only a few hours. Laser technology has brought us a better way, a safe, long-lasting way to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body, leaving skin feeling smooth and healthy.
Lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light) devices, (which are not technically lasers but work on a similar principal), can be used for hair reduction and skin treatments such as improving skin tone, fading sun damage and acne. Permanent hair reduction involves the use of either a single wavelength of light (laser) or a flash of light containing hundreds of wavelengths (IPL or broadband light BBL).
Melanin within the hair follicles is targeted, heating and damaging the follicles in an active growth cycle. Only hairs that have color can be treated, so white and grey hairs won’t respond. Success of the treatment depends on your coloring, with laser generally working best on fair skin and dark hair. Fairer skin and red hair will respond to a lesser degree and those with darker skin can be treated, with a great deal of care. All the experts agree that laser or IPL treatment, in the hands of an experienced and trained operator can be very effective. It’s the best way to remove unwanted hair, as long as you’re a “suitable candidate”.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IPL OVER WAXING, SHAVING OR OTHER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS?
IPL is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis, and even traditional laser. The cost is less than other technology methods. Although it may be slightly more expensive in the short-term, in the long run it will save you thousands of dollars over other hair removal options, like waxing.
IS IPL LASER HAIR REMOVAL PERMANENT?
IPL hair removal provides permanent relief. Most Alluring Look Laser members receiving treatment can expect 60-90% permanent hair reduction. Any hair that does grow back will usually be lighter, finer and thinner. After completing treatment, members may need to return 1 or 2 times a year for occasional touch-ups. Touch-ups are offered at a discounted rate for those that completed Alluring Look’s IPL treatment.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED BEFORE TREATMENT IS COMPLETE?
We tell clients to plan on a year or a little more for treatment, on average. Most people will need 8-12 sessions for permanent results. You may see results as early as your first session. Your Hair Removal Specialist can start to update you on expected number of treatments after your mid-treatment review.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?
A single area session can last anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the area and your hair type. Your Hair Removal Specialist will review this information in your Personalized Treatment Plan on your first visit.
DOES IPL TREATMENT HURT? IS IT SAFE?
Most people describe our treatment as painless. However, each person has different sensitivity levels. You get to try the treatment with your FREE test patch, before coming in for your first full session. If we feel that this treatment will not be safe or effective for your skin and hair type, we will recommend another hair removal method for your personalized treatment plan. Our well-trained specialists operate FDA cleared machines that provide safe and effective treatment. The greatest risk during treatment occurs by not following the guidelines for safe treatment or failing to disclose medical information.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND IPL HAIR REMOVAL?
Both provide similar results within a similar time-frame. Traditional laser is a focused beam of light, while IPL is a broader spectrum of wavelengths. Generally, if there’s any type of skin reaction during treatment it is more likely to be permanent with traditional laser. You may need one or two additional treatments with IPL over traditional laser. But, each person and each area will react differently. You may find that traditional laser did not work for you, but IPL laser could be highly effective. Most people feel that IPL is much more comfortable.
CAN YOU TREAT BLOND, GREY, RED OR WHITE HAIR?
IPL laser hair removal works best on light skin with dark hair. It focuses heat on the melanin in the hair and carries it into the follicle. Hairs with minimal or no melanin will not be able to get long-term results.
DOES IPL WORK ON DARKER SKIN?
Because IPL laser hair removal focuses on the melanin, it may either be ineffective or pose risk in areas with little contrast between skin and hair color. The test patch can help us decide if an area may suitable for IPL treatment. Some people with darker skin tones find that they can safely get IPL laser treatment in some areas, but may need to do waxing, threading or depilatory products in other areas.
Before Your Appointment
Please be sure to completely shave the area you wish to have treated. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for at least 2 weeks prior to scheduling, this includes spray tanning and other self tanners. Please come free of lotions, makeup and deodorant.
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