What is IPL?
IPL uses intense pulsed light to remove unwanted hair from the face and body. IPL’s wide beam is suitable for treating large areas of the body such as the back, shoulders and legs. IPL is a fast, gentle and effective hair removal method. Treatment times range from a few minutes to a couple of hours depending on the area that is being targeted.
Benefits of IPL
• Works well on all skin tones
• More gentle than other methods of hair removal
• Large areas of the body can be treated
• Effective on most parts of the body
• Eliminate waxing costs
How does IPL compare to Electrolysis?
Electrolysis involves targeting each individual hair follicle in order to cause an electric shock and retard hair growth. IPL however, uses only intense pulsed light energy to stimulate hair removal. Hair that is red, light brown, brown and black can be safely removed.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments needed varies from one client to another. Factors such as the growth cycle of your hair and its density will determine how many sessions you will need. Ideally, between six and ten treatments are needed for best results.
Is any recovery/downtime required afterwards?
You can return to your normal daily activities straight after the treatment, no downtime is required. It is advisable to avoid exposure to the sun following your session and to use sun protection on treated areas. Your therapist will provide you with guidance following your treatment.
What is IPL skin rejuvenation?
IPL skin rejuvenation involves the use of intense pulsed light to improve the appearance of skin. This works because the darkly pigmented areas of the skin soak up the light and release heat which leads to the destruction of the cell. As well as combating redness and pigmentation problems, IPL skin rejuvenation also stimulates the production of collagen by depositing heat in the dermal layers of the skin. The production of new collagen gives the skin a younger and more radiant appearance.
Is IPL right for me?
IPL is ideal for anyone with the following concerns:
• Sun damage
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Pigmentation problems
• Broken capillaries
• Dilated blood vessels
• Vascular Lesions
IPL skin rejuvenation is most effective on individuals with a light to medium skin tone. Those with darker complexions are unlikely to achieve good results and may suffer an adverse reaction due to the amount of melanin in their skin.
What are the after-effects like?
After an IPL skin rejuvenation treatment you may find that your skin is redder than usual and warm to the touch. There may also be signs of subtle swelling or edema which will subside between one and three hours after the treatment. You will not need any downtime following your session and you can return to normal activities immediately.
If the purpose of the IPL facial was to target pigmentation irregularities then you may find that those areas are darker in the days following your treatment. This is because the pigment is making its way to the skin’s surface. These areas will dry out and slough off to reveal radiant skin beneath.
It is essential that you protect your skin from the sun and limit your exposure to the sun’s harmful rays in the days following your IPL skin rejuvenation treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
You will see an improvement in the appearance of your skin following the first treatment. However, for best results it is generally advisable to have between three and six sessions. Your therapist will analyse your skin and recommend a suitable number of treatments.
We recommend leaving around four weeks between each treatment.
Is tattoo removal painful?
The process can cause a mild stinging sensation similar to having the skin flicked by an elastic band. If your tattoo is in a sensitive area then you may wish to numb the discomfort by using a topical anaesthetic. Your therapist can offer you guidance if you have any concerns.
Will I need many treatments?
The number of treatments you require depends on the size and quality of your tattoo. It may be possible to fade an amateur tattoo in under five treatments. However, a more elaborately coloured tattoo may require up to ten sessions before it is fully removed.
What can I expect afterwards?
Side effects can occur in some rare cases, such as changes to the skin’s pigmentation. However, this is usually only a temporary issue. If you are concerned about side effects or want to remove a large tattoo, then you may wish to patch test a smaller area before commencing with full removal.