Hair removal has been around for hundreds of years, as early as the Egyptians who shaved for both religious and medical reasons. Body and facial hair removal is one of the top aesthetic procedures done today and many women (and a good amount of men too!) have hair removed from their body, to create a cleaner, smoother look.
With modern technology though, plucking, waxing and shaving are no longer the only ways to remove hair (indeed they seem almost archaic!). Today, machines and high technology are used to make us hair-free, and one of the most popular methods in the last few years is Intense Pulsed Light therapy or IPL.
Unlike lasers, IPL uses varying wavelengths of light to focus and target certain areas, making hair removal easier and less painful, unlike laser. IPL is safe and effective, and has other uses aside from removing hair. If you’re thinking about getting IPL for your face or body, you may have many questions before you decide. Here are your top 3 IPL questions, answered:
Where can IPL hair removal be used?
Both can men and women get IPL treatments anywhere on the face and body. While any skin type and any skin color can be treated with IPL, it is generally agreed that the darker the hair and the lighter the skin, then the more effective it is, as IPL destroys the hair follicles more easily. Using light in different wavelengths, the IPL machine will target where the melanin pigments are most concentrated, usually at the base or bulb of the hair follicle. Very dark hair contains more melanin, thus, the IPL machine can send more heat/thermal energy which will permanently destroy the hair. Darker skin means there’s more melanin around the hair, and thus absorbs the light, making it less effective.
Is IPL Permanent?
With the technologies in the market today, there is no such thing as real, permanent hair removal – the human body simply tends to adapt to its environment and no two people have the exact same body. But, because of the way IPL works, it certainly is the most advanced hair removal technology in the market, and it guarantees permanent destruction of hair follicles. With most people, there is very little re-growth once the treatments are done – usually these are thin damaged hair and just some yearly maintenance is required. However, in many cases, hair reduction is permanent and has zero signs of re-growth.
What are the side effects?
Any medical or cosmetic procedure has side effects, and IPL is no exception. Immediately after a procedure, swelling and redness of the skin is normal. There can be some scabbing or the irritation can last a few days. Usually, a topical cream can help reduce the pain, plus ice packs to reduce the swelling. Don’t pick at the scabs, lest you want scarring on your skin. The great thing about IPL is that you can return to normal activities almost immediately, as long as you don’t expose the area to direct sunlight.
So there you have it – your top IPL questions answered. If you think IPL is for you, give it a try! A good esthetician or dermatologist will give you advice and answer any other question you have about IPL.
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