an affiliate practice of The Skin Surgery Center

People with unwanted or excessive hair will find IPL treatment safe, quick and efficient. IPL can be used to remove hair on virtually every part of the body except for eyebrows.

A series of treatments are performed every three weeks for a total of six to eight sessions, resulting in long lasting removal of excess and unwanted hair. Depending on the size of the area being treated, treatment time can take from 10 to 30 minutes each session.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

How does IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair reduction work?

A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light and different types of lasers produce different colors of light.  The color of light produced by a particular laser is one of the keys to its effect on hair follicles. The light is emitted by the hair reduction laser system is the most effectively absorbed frequency by hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling numerous follicles at a time, to eliminate or significantly impede the hair growth.  The laser’s “chilled tip” protects and cools the upper layers of skin before, during, and after each pulse while directing the laser energy to the root.

Can all skin colors be treated?

No, the combination of cooling, laser frequency, pulse durations allow for safe and effective treatment of most skin types and colors.  But because the laser is attracted to pigment, the more contrast between skin color and hair color, the better the results.

How long does a treatment take?  Is it permanent?

Depending on the area, the treatment can take as little as 15 minutes.  It will take a minimum of three treatments and sometimes six or more to get the desired results.  Touch-up sessions are usually needed in the following months.  Some patients with stronger hair growth patterns may need additional treatments.

Does it hurt?

Most patients describe the treatment as the “snap” of a rubber band against the skin. Numbing

agents are available upon request. Please contact us at least 24 hours before your treatment time if you would like to use a numbing agent. Most patients are able to complete their procedure without any topical or oral pain medication.

Should I stop shaving before being treated?

Yes, we recommend that you do not shave 48 hours prior to your appointment. DO NOT pluck, wax or bleach the hair.  These methods alter the hair follicle and leave no pigment for the light to be attracted to for effective results.

What happens if I have been in the sun?

The laser works best if you have not been tanning for at least 14 days.  You can be treated with a tan but much less aggressively.  Temporary burning is more likely to occur.

Are there any side effects?

Depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment and skin type, a small percentage of patients may experience mild blistering or burns. Hyper or hypo pigmentation may occur. This is usually not permanent and should fade over time.  Always read your consent forms carefully prior to treatment.

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