Treatment sensation varies depending on your pain threshold, but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band” and is perfectly acceptable by most people. A cooling gel is applied prior to the area being treated, which helps reduce the sensation of heat.
The hair can be kept however you want in between treatments so long as only shaving is used and can be close shaved before the treatment session.
The hair must not leave the hair follicle unless with IPL. In between treatments cutting or shaving is recommended. You must not wax or tweeze, this can hinder the treatments and it can take longer for the hair to go.
No-one can ever give you a 100% guarantee that no hair regrowth will occur following IPL. We would advise caution before using any clinic that claims otherwise. However we stand behind our experience of permanently reducing the hairs we treat.
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed after 1 – 3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours.
Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.