Permanent hair removal

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.

Procedure

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.

Treatment summary

Procedure Time

15 - 60 minutes


Duration of Result

Occasional top up treatment required


Recovery Time

1 - 2 days

Back to Work

Same day


Number of Treatments

6 - 8 treatments, 4 - 6 weeks apart