IPL Hair Reduction FAQ’s

How does PhotoEpilation work?
Without damaging the surrounding skin, controlled flashes of light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles.  The heat damages or destroys the potential for regrowth.  Because of the significantly large spot size created by this unique technology, backs and shoulders, abdomens and legs can be treated quickly.  Facial area such as the lip, chin, and beard, can be treated in minutes.

What are the benefits from IPL hair reduction treatments?

  • FDA approved this technology for permanent hair reduction.
  • Customized program can be designed along with an estimate of how many treatment sessions you may need.
  • Less pain and discomfort compared to other treatment methods.
  • Large areas can be treated quickly.
  • Chances of scarring and pigmentation changes are minimized.

What are IPL hair reduction treatments like?
First, the area to be treated is cleansed, the hair is shaved, and a cool gel is appliced.  Through the IPL hand piece, gentle pulses of light are emitted and penetrate the skin to begin disabling the hair follicles.  Each pulse may feel like a snap of a rubber band or a slight sting or pinch.  Most of the hair wipes off immediately; the remainng hair falls out over a period of a week or two.

Are there any possible side effects from IPL hair reduction?
Side effects are rare. Blistering, soft scabbing, or redness sometimes occurs at the treatment site, but resolves quickly or within a fertain cases, the skin could becomse slightly lighter or darker.  You will be notified during your consultation if you are susceptible to these side effects.  For 2-4 weeks before and after treament, you must limit your sun exposure.  This will greatly minimize the risk of complications.

*IPL hair reduction treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment.  Since hairs enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area.