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IPL Laser Hair Removal - Frequently Asked Questions

How does light assisted hair removal work?
Light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.
How is treatment carried out? 
The laser or Intense Pulsed Light is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. For Intense Pulsed Light treatment a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to help guide the light, but this is not required for a laser procedure.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair however, contains less melanin and is harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed after 1 – 3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.
Are there any side effects?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4 - 8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments varies, but typically 6/10 or more treatments are needed for optimum results.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.Consultation Procedure Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment, there is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL Luminette)
 IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light. It has a  light-based device that uses filters to isolate specific wavelengths of light that can help to improve unwanted brown spots and redness as well as perform hair reduction. It is basically used to even out complexion and improve the look of sun damaged skin -- typically known as "photo facial."   The light treatment identifies the pigmentation or vascular lesions as unwanted color on the skins surface. The light is attracted to these areas and pulls the color to the surface. Immediately following the procedure the skin may look much worse. Pulses of these combined energies are applied to the skin by a hand-piece, delivering treatment at different depths within the skin with minimal discomfort and recovery time or restrictions. IPL is performed to: * Remove unwanted hair long-term * Improve skin firmness, tone & texture * Fade dark spots & visible sun damage.
Is your skin suitable for IPL treatment?
In order to select the correct skin type for IPL treatment, the table below is used to classify skin according to its melanin (pigment) content and the skins reaction to the sun. The lighter the skin type, the more suitable it is for IPL treatment.
What can IPL treat?
. Flat, benign pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation)
. Facial vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries)
. Diffuse redness, rosacea and red scarring
. Poikiloderma (redness, pigmentation and a spotty look to the neck and/or décolletage)
. Unwanted dark facial and body hair 
. Uneven skin colouring 
. Sun damage

Contraindications (reasons why IPL may not be suitable for you)
. Recent sunburn 
. Unprotected sun exposure or solarium use 4 weeks prior to treatment
. Pregnancy 
. History of seizures
. Severe dermatitis or eczema (within the treatment area)
. Active infections 
. Roaccutane use in the last 6 months 
. Herpes 1 or 2 (within the treatment area)
. Very dark skin        
. Removing hair by the root e.g. waxing or tweezing 4 weeks prior to treatment (hair removal only)
. Photo sensitising medications are best avoided 
How will my skin react after the IPL treatment?
. Most patients will experience a sunburn like sensation that lasts 2 to 5 hours and is often associated with mild to moderate redness. The treated area is generally sensitive to heat for 2 days following treatment.
. After hair removal the skin may appear spotty - this is inflammation caused from the heat absorbed in the hair follicle and can last 2 to 24 hours.
. After treatment of pigmented lesions the lesion will go darker sometimes almost black, then will fall off within 7 to 28 days (depending on the area of the body) or it will just gradually fade. 
. After treatment of vascular lesions they will either disappear immediately or appear grey or purplish in color. Diffuse redness immediately appears a lot redder then gradually lightens within 2-3 weeks. Vascular treatments generally require 3 weekly treatments for best results.
Before Treatment.
Do not bleach or use depilatory cream for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your 1st treatment and stop using for the duration of the laser course. No waxing, plucking, or threading at least 1 month prior to your treatment and stop for the duration of your laser course.Only shave or cut the hair. For best results shave the area at least 24 hours prior to your treatment.Laser treatments cannot be done if the client has false tan or a natural tan on the area on the day of treatment.You must use an SPF 25-30 on the area of treatment during sun exposure and summer months
During Treatment
Please shave 24 hours prior to your treatment. Shaving the same day as treatment leaves the skin more irritated and prone to reaction and setting must be lowered.Always insure us of any change of medication since your last visit.Please make sure fake tan is not present on day of appointment. Treatment will not take place is tan is present.
Pre and Post treatment recommendations:
Pre treatment
. Discontinue sun exposure 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
. Do not use fake tan 1-2 weeks prior to your treatment.
. Use an SPF 30 daily. 
. If having IPL hair removal, do not wax, tweeze or pluck the hair for 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
. Shaving or depilatory creams are fine and you will need to shave the treatment site before your IPL session.
. If you have a history of herpes close to the area being treated, it is recommended that you take antiviral medication before the treatment. (This will be available from the chemist). 

Post treatment
. A sunburn-like sensation is expected for about 2-5 hours after the treatment. If this is uncomfortable apply cold compresses or ice to the treated area.
. Your skin may be temperature sensitive for the following 2 days, so do not use very hot water or your shower or bath.
. Please protect you skin from the sun!
. Do not exfoliate the skin for 1 week after the treatment.
. Your skin may be more sensitive to certain skin care products so please use the products provided to you.
. Do not pick blisters or skin crusting as this may lead to a scar!
Treated area may be red or swollen which can last from 2-3 hours up to 2-3 days.
Avoid itching or tight fitted clothing to avoid any further irritation.Apply Aloe Vera to reduce any discomfort. For the next 24-48 hours after the treatment the following activities should NOT be carried out:
  • No hot showers or baths – tepid water only
  • No heat treatments such as sauna, Jacuzzi or steam rooms should be used
  • No excessive sweating or workouts
  • No deodorants, perfumed or scented body lotions to be applied
  • No swimming in chlorinated water
  • Nothing that will be create heat to the area
For more information on our Laser Hair Removal treatments, check out our general post HERE and/or read about Laser Hair Removal for ladies with PCOS HERE. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Kay on 068-23574 or e-mail kay@kaymcdonnell.com


2 Comments to IPL Laser Hair Removal - Frequently Asked Questions:

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mairead Clifford on 21 April 2014 17:47
Hi there i am just wondering have you a price list for hair removal. Full leg,bikini and underarm. Thanks
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