Say goodbye to messy waxing and shaving; IPL offers clients a long-term solution to facial
and body unwanted hair, whilst also reducing ingrowing hairs and shaving rashes.
IPL targets the hair follicle when it is in active growth (known as anagen). Not all hairs will
be in this active phase which is why several treatments are necessary. For effective treatment
the hair must be brown or black in colour to convert the light into heat, which then selectively
damages or destroys the hair follicle resulting in permanent hair reduction. Any remaining
hair should be lighter, finer and less obvious.
A full consultation will be given discussing the procedure, aftercare, cost and likely outcomes
and a simple free patch test will be performed to ensure suitability for the treatment.
The area to be treated should be shaved 24-48 hours prior to treatment and should be no
longer than 1mm in length.
Protective goggles must be worn. A cool gel will be applied to help the handpiece glide aid
absorption of the light and to increase client comfort.
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a ‘flick of an elastic band’. No
anaesthetic is required, and most clients describe the discomforts as moderate and
tolerable. The gel is removed and a cooling balm applied. During treatment protective eye
wear will be provided.
The skin may appear red, and the hair follicles slightly raised after the treatment, this is a
normal reaction. Adverse reactions are rare but can include superficial scabbing, small
blisters or lightening or darkening of the skin.
Post procedure instructions
Care should be taken to avoid trauma to the treated are for 4-5 days
Avoid strenuous activities, sauna, steam rooms and excessively hot baths
Ice packs or aloe vera can be applied if area feels hot or swollen
Make-up can be reapplied after several hours
SPF 50 should be applied to any area exposed to sunlight
Can anyone have this treatment?
Treatment cannot be given to anyone with:
Blond, grey, white or red hair
Skin type VI
Skin that has a real or artificial tan
Pigmentation problems such as melasma in or near the treatment area
History of keloid scarring
Breast feeding and pregnancy
Severe photosensitive skin
Epilepsy within last 12 months
Skin cancer or other malignant disease
Cancer in the last 2 years
Active inflammatory skin condition such as eczema, herpes simplex in the area
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical
history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to
sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
15 - 60 minutes
Duration of Result
Occasional top up treatment required
1 - 2 days
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Number of Treatments
6 - 8 treatments, 4 - 6 weeks apart