IPL Hair Removal
Looking for a fast, non-invasive and permanent hair removal treatment? At Suite 103 Med Spa we offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments to remove undesirable hair from any part of your body.Safe and effective for all skin types and hair colors, IPL treats a much larger surface area of skin than laser hair removal. IPL treatments have become popular over the last decade because they are affordable and the pain is very minimal.
How IPL Hair Removal Works
Visible broad-spectrum light energy from the IPL device is absorbed by the melanin pigment in your hair follicles. This damages the follicles and prevents them from regrowth. The surrounding tissue remains intact and unaffected.
Keep in mind that hair growth is cyclical, so only hairs that are visible at the time of treatment can be permanently removed. Thus, you will need to undergo multiple treatments to permanently remove all hair.
Your IPL Treatment at Suite 103 Medical Spa
The procedure is fairly simple and takes about 20-30 minutes. No anesthesia is required and most patients report little or no pain. Some people use ice prior to treatment to numb the skin and we do offer a numbing cream, however it requires you to arrive at least 30 minutes early to apply the cream.
During your IPL session you will lie down on a bed and make yourself comfortable and relax. If necessary, our IPL-trained technician will trim any hair above the skin in the target treatment area. For safety reasons, we’ll request that you wear eye protection. The technician will slowly move the small IPL handheld device over the treatment area, covering large areas of skin. We’ll apply cool packs to the treatment area to reduce any uncomfortable sensations if desired.
How Many IPL Treatment Sessions Are Required?
That really depends on your skin type, hair color, where the hair is and how thick it is.
On average, you’ll need six to eight treatment sessions to permanently remove all unwanted hairs in the target area. Due to the cyclical nature of hair growth, we spread out our treatments – usually four weeks for facial hair and six weeks for other areas. This ensures that we don’t miss any hair follicles that weren’t in the growth stage during previous IPL sessions.
After IPL Hair Removal
We recommend aloe vera gel to soothe the affected area for a few days after your treatment. Apply sun screen (at least SPF 30) daily for at least a month to any exposed IPL treatment areas, regardless of weather conditions. It is imperative that you do not expose the treatment area to the sun for at least a month before and after treatment.