What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light.
Light is absorbed by a pigment in the
hair follicle called melanin. Light converts
into heat to destroy the hair follicle
without damaging the surrounding cells.
is the treatment carried out?
A gel is applied to skin for better penetration
of light. Treatment sensation varies but
for most people it feels like 'a flick
of an elastic band' - the discomfort experienced
I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable except black
skin as it has a concentration of melanin
and therefore black skin could be susceptible
to burns. Best results are often seen
on fair skin with dark hair.
Unfortunately, white, blond, and grey
hair cannot be treated due to lack of
are the side effects?
Erythema (redness of the skin) is very
common but it usually subsides within
hours after treatment. Small blisters,
bumps can also be seen, although they
should disappear hours after also. In
very rare cases, blisters can take a couple
of weeks before fading. There are no lasting
many treatments are necessary?
It varies from one person to another.
Usually a course of 6 sessions, sometimes
more, are needed for optimum results.
The treatment is carried out every 3 to
6 weeks (depending on the area treated)
and consultation and patch tests are carried
out prior to treatment