IPL Permanent Hair Removal
Intense pulsed light (IPL)  hair removal is one of the most popular choices for men and women when it comes to facial hair removal and hair removal on the body. It is a more permanent solution as opposed to home treatments such as hair removal cream, waxing and shaving.  IPL is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, including hair removal, photorejuvenation (e.g. the treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins) as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases such as acne. (see here for IPL skin treatments)

We are regulated by the Healthcare Inspectorate of Wales for all of our Laser and IPL treatments and are members of the British Medical Laser Association and the European Laser Association.

Our treatment protocols have been clinically developed and validated as a collaboration with the IPL manufacturer and the respected dermatologist Dr Hugues Cartier. Dr Cartier has over 20 years experience as a dermatologist specialising in  laser and IPL treatments.

Does IPL  hair removal work?

The principle of IPL hair removal is to use the heat of the IPL to target the colour pigment in the hair without damaging the surrounding skin. As the IPL light is absorbed by the hair, it cauterises the follicle at the base, killing the follicle and preventing further hair growth.

The technology uses a high-powered, hand-held, computer-controlled flashgun to deliver an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light. The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores (e.g. melanin in hair) that are heated to destruction and reabsorbed by the body.

IPL shares some similarities with laser treatments, in that they both use light to heat and destroy their targets. But unlike lasers that use a single wavelength (colour) of light which typically matches only one chromophore, and hence only one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with filters, allows it to be used against several conditions. 
IPL can permanently reduce hair growth, most effectively in darker, coarser hair. 

We recommend a course of 6 to 8 sessions of IPL hair removal but occasionally additional sessions are required. It is suitable for most skin types and is a very effective treatment. IPL hair removal is not so successful with blonde or white hair – this is best treated with a course of electrolysis.

The entire procedure is very quick, taking about half an hour to complete, although the exact length will depend on what you are specifically treating, and its size or scope. Once it has been completed though, you will likely spend a very short recovery and observation period in the clinic before being allowed to go home.

What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
IPL hair removal is a safe treatment and can be used to remove facial hair and body hair. Some of the most popular areas to be treated are the upper lip, chin, bikini line, lower leg and back.
All clients must have a consultation and patch test prior to a full treatment.


IPL Hair Removal SUMMARY

Recovery Time: 0 days

Treatment time: From 15 minutes

Number of treatments: typically 6-8 sessions

Longevity of results: Permanent

Approximate cost: From £30 per session (depends on the area being treated)

Course advised: Yes

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us a message. We aim to reply within 24 hours.
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