Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) permanent hair removal will permanently reduce hair growth, unlike shaving and waxing which are only temporary. Broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin, targeting melanin. This light travels through the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root). The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of melanin is located. As the light is absorbed the bulb and most of the hair shaft are heated, destroying the hair-producing papilla, or hair root.
At any one time, not all hair follicles are ‘active’, and only active hair follicles can be affected by the treatment. ‘Inactive’ hair follicles can be treated as they become ‘active’ over time. For IPL treatments an average of 4-8 treatments are required to remove most visible hair. The treatment area needs to be clean, shaved and free of sunburn. Treatment sessions are usually 4 to 6 weeks apart.