IPL Hair Removal
If you are fed-up of managing your body hair and would like to remove it permanently, then IPL hair removal could be the answer. Unwanted facial hair and body hair can affect the way we feel, our social interactions, what we wear and what we do. At Karma House Clinic we make use of the unique and innovative IPL M22 for great results in making your body stay hair free. This process can be carried out on both men and women who are fed up with unwanted body hair, as well as those who are either starting, in the process, or at the end of transitioning. This treatment is quick and effective and is often referred to as laser hair removal.
What does IPL mean?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and it is a form of light therapy, used for various dermatological procedures, including hair removal. IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets pigment.
“IPL works like a flash-lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making IPL very targeted.”
How IPL hair removal works
The machine has a unique dual phase pulse which is designed to provide efficient destruction of hair follicles. It removes hair by sending out high energy light pulses. There are two beams of light, one yellow and one red, which together affect both the existing hair and the follicles where hair grows.
IPL hair removal, also known as laser hair removal, works best at removing hair when it’s in the active growth phase. The way hair grows is slightly different for everyone, so we tailor our treatment to suit you. Our methods are proven and safe. All hair removal is carried out by our highly expert Practitioners who are committed to providing you with the very highest levels of service.
IPL can be used for:
- Hair Removal
- Thread Vein Removal
- Treatment for Hyperpigmentation
- Sun Damaged Skin
- Acne Skin
- Acne Scarring
- Skin Rejuvenation
Your initial consultation
If you decide you want to find out more, the next step is to come in for a Free Consultation. This is your opportunity to meet one of our highly trained Practitioners, ask any questions you might have and discuss what you want to achieve from your hair removal treatments. The Practitioner will determine your skin type and the kind of hair you have and make sure the IPL treatment is right for you. Then they’ll create a treatment programme tailored specifically to your needs. A patch test will also be performed. This is to determine how sensitive your skin and also to establish the right IPL energy settings. You will also be advised not to expose the treatment area to the sun or any UV light for at least four weeks before or after your treatment.
Your IPL treatment
The hair removal procedure itself is very straightforward. You’ll lie on a bed and make yourself comfortable. As a safety measure, you’ll be asked to wear some eye protection, which the Practitioner will also wear. The Practitioner runs the equipment, a small handheld unit, slowly over the specified area. You might feel a slight burning and tingling sensation, this isn’t painful and is often referred to an elastic-band ping!
Afterwards we’ll apply cooling gel to the area to minimise any discomfort. Treatment times vary depending on the person and the area being treated. Depending on what treatment you’re having, the procedure can be as brief as fifteen minutes. One of our top tips is to apply Aloe Vera to the treated area to keep it cool and we will do this for you while you are with us, although you can do this yourself at home too.
How many sessions will I need
Normally six to eight treatment sessions are needed to provide a permanent reduction of hair growth. This is because at any given time some of the follicles in the treatment area won’t be in the growth phase. We spread our treatments out to make sure that hair that isn’t treated in one session is affected in the next. Facial hair tends to be more stubborn and may need ten to twelve treatment sessions or occasionally more in very resistant cases.
The gap between sessions is usually four weeks for facial areas and six weeks for body areas. The number of hair removal sessions depends on various factors, including where the hair is, how thick it is and also your particular skin type and hair colour. For the best results we recommend that you complete the full series of treatment sessions.
After IPL hair removal
For the first few days after your treatment you should apply aloe vera gel to soothe the affected area. A sun-cream of at least SPF40 should be applied to exposed treated areas every day for at least four weeks, regardless of the weather. You should not expose the treated area to the sun or use sun beds for at least four weeks before and after treatment.
Book a Free Consultation now at Karma House Clinic by calling our friendly reception team on 01296 614441 or alternatively you can book online.