Excessive or unsightly facial and body hair can be upsetting and uncomfortable for men and women, as well as being difficult and inconvenient to remove. There are many methods of hair removal though most are messy and temporary. IPL and LASER treatments are the safest and most effective way to permanently reduce unwanted facial and body hair fast. So you can wear the clothes you want with the confidence of knowing you have smooth, hair free skin.
This information is designed to increase your knowledge about IPL permanent hair removal. We recommend you read through our 'What is IPL' page in addition to this information to help you decide whether these treatments may be appropriate for you.
If you would like further information, we recommend you come and see us for a consultation where we will discuss this in more detail and will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
IPL permanent hair removal or permanent hair reduction; is a popular, non-invasive treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to permanently reduce unwanted facial and body hair without affecting the surrounding skin.
IPL permanent hair removal works on the ‘Theory of Extended Photothermolysis’. This occurs when the melanin (the dark pigments) in your hair absorbs the light and converts to heat, which radiates to the surrounding cells that form the hair. If enough heat is produced it will destroy these cells, thus preventing further hair growth. If only low energies are used the hair growth will only be temporarily retarded with no permanent long-term results.
In order to select the correct skin type for IPL treatment, the table below is used to classify skin according to its melanin content and the skins reaction to the sun. The ideal candidate for IPL permanent hair removal has a lighter skin type with dark hair.
Unfortunately, there are some potential complications associated with IPL treatments. At CosMedical Skin Solutions we perform test spots within 3 days prior to your actual treatment, to provide an accurate evaluation of the skins response. This helps to optimise treatment outcomes and significantly reduce potential complications, which include:
Each pulse of light usually feels like a hot elastic band snapping on your skin. This is the light converting to heat within the follicle. Due to the advanced technology of the StarLux 500, patient comfort is substantially better than any other medical grade systems though a certain amount of discomfort is involved to achieve permanent results.
(This varies from person to person but may include the following)
IPL and LASER hair removal only affects the hair that is actively growing. At any given time, there is only a certain percentage of hair in this stage, called ‘Anagen’. This is why treatments must be performed over a number of sessions, with a specific time span between treatments.
No IPL or LASER system will achieve 100% permanent hair removal though you can expect a 70% to 90% reduction and what hair is remaining is generally much lighter and finer.
The number of sessions required, depends on your skin and hair colour and how your body responds to the treatments. The following is used as a guide only.
|Hair Colour||Skin Colour||Estimated No of Sessions|
|Dark||i, ii and iii||3-6 sessions|
|Medium||i, ii and iii||5-7 sessions|
|Light||i, ii and iii||8-10 sessions|
|Light/Grey/Red||Any||IPL is not effective|
The length of time between treatments differs according to the area of the body being treated and the length of time the hair is in anagen stage. The below interval times are based on the time it takes for the complete cycle to occur. (existing hair to fall out, hair free period, new hair growth)
|Under Arms||10-12 weeks|
NOTE: Many operators perform treatments on the body at 4 week intervals. This would appear to indicate that the hair growth is only being temporarily retarded. If enough energy is being produced to destroy the cells that form the hair, there should be no hair in the follicle at 4 weeks, so what is being treated?
Your IPL treatment will be performed by one of our Dermal Therapists, who are all qualified and experienced IPL and LASER safety officers.
Intense Pulsed Light is currently unregulated in Australia and anyone without knowledge of the skin or basic light physics is able to provide these treatments. In the wrong hands it can cause permanent scarring and long term complications or result in ineffective treatments. (See our page on ‘What is IPL’ for more information and images of IPL burns)
Call us on 9300 0663, or visit our online booking facility to make an appointment for a consultation today.