IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. During an IPL treatment, broad-spectrum visible light is focused on the treatment area. The pigment in the hair absorbs the light energy, creating heat, which damages the hair follicle. The hair is lost, and the follicle’s ability to regrow it is damaged and may be lost entirely. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy long-term results.
The handpiece creates a cooling sensation to keep you comfortable, and we may apply a cooling gel after the treatment. There’s no need for bandages, ointments or medications once the procedure is finished, but you might feel as though you have a minor sunburn in the treatment area for a few days. This is normal, and you will still be able to go back to your normal routine immediately after the procedure.
Over the next few days, the treated hairs will begin to fall out. Due to the nature of growth cycles, you will likely need additional sessions to treat new hair as it grows. You can shave between sessions as needed. Most people will need several sessions to achieve a permanent reduction of hair. Any hairs that do regrow will come in thinner, finer and less noticeable than they were before treatment.
IPL offers permanent results, with a dramatic reduction in hair regrowth. Some patients may need periodic touch-up sessions to maintain their new looks.
The non-invasive nature of IPL means that side effects are few and generally minor. Your skin might swell and feel itchy or tender. Some inflammation is normal. You can combat any discomfort by using a rich moisturizer. After treatment, your skin may be more sensitive to the sun, so it’s essential that you use a high-quality sunblock to protect it. You also need to avoid scratching, which can damage the treated skin.
Laser hair removal is often used for hair reduction, but it can also be used in other cosmetic applications, including:
If you’ve got excess body hair or unwanted hair, you might be a candidate for IPL. Call our offices today to learn more about your hair removal options or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lisa Pacheco.