Removing unwanted hair is something many of us battle with every day. From unsightly dark patches, to ingrown hairs, to the battle of regrowth – the struggle continues. However, with IPL for hair removal, it’s possible to reduce unwanted hair and achieve long term hair-free skin.
What is IPL hair removal?
Intensive Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for hair removal, much like IPL photorejuventation for skin, is non-invasive and non-surgical. It uses the same broad-spectrum light machine, however, different settings are used and a special filters are used to limit the wave-lengths of the light so it is targeted for hair removal.
Light pulses are transmitted over the surface of the skin to penetrate to the root of the hair. This pulsed light targets the pigment in the hair, converting it to heat, and damaging the follicle to reduce re-growth indefinitely. The light specifically targets the hair follicle and therefore there is minimal damage the surrounding tissues or skin. Following treatment, the damaged hair follicles will fall out and fail to regrow.
MIRA Clinic’s IPL hair removal treatments are performed only by our experienced therapists. We use the latest technology and a top-of-the-line machine, the Lumenis M22.
We treat each of our patients and clients as individuals, understanding that everybody has unique skin concerns and will have different skin goals in place. It’s important to discuss your hair removal concerns with our team at MIRA Clinic so as we may assess the best suited treatment for your situation.
MIRA Clinic is here to help you achieve maximum results for your skin. We provide each of our clients with all of the information necessary to make an informed decision on treatments, and we supply extensive aftercare instruction so you’ll always know what to expect and can maximise your results.
It’s our goal at MIRA Clinic to ensure our clients are absolutely comfortable and happy with our treatments, we’re here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through any treatment process.
Getting your IPL Hair Reduction / Hair Removal treatments
Our therapist will provide you with protective goggles against the light, and a cool gel will be applied to the area. The Lumenis M22 IPL machine glides smoothly over your skin, and the pulsing light passes through a liquid cooled crystal to improve comfort. The light will penetrate the skin surface to affect the targeted hair follicle sitting underneath.
Some clients describe a quick warm rubber band flicking sensation, lasting only a flash of time with each light pulse. The sensation is completely temporary and most clients tolerate this feeling very well with no anaesthetic needed. However, it’s possible to apply a numbing cream to the treatment area prior to your session to reduce any potential discomfort. Topical anaesthetic cream can be purchased
Immediately after treatment you may feel warmth in the treated area, this should subside by the end of the day. This reaction is completely normal and can be accompanied by red or swollen skin, which also indicates the treatment has affected the hair follicles and is a good sign.
Your therapist will wipe away the cool gel after treating the area, which will take with it some of the hairs. Over the next week to two you will see your hairs falling out on their own, which is a sign the treatment has worked. After your first session as much as 80% of the hair within the treatment area will be gone. However, it is normal for many of these hairs to regrow in the next month or two. Which is why it’s recommended you follow up with further treatments to affect the hairs within different stages of their growth cycle. This is also the reason we often sell IPL hair reduction services in packages of multiple treatments.
There is no down time necessary with IPL hair removal, and you can go back to your normal activities. If you have any concerns, please discuss with our MIRA Clinic team.
Some hair will fall out immediately following treatment, and the many more hair follicles should fall out over the following two weeks. We recommend a course of treatments to catch the hairs in different cycles of hair growth for best results.
Most of our clients require at least 4-8 treatments, approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Our MIRA Clinic team will be able to advise you on the best treatment plan once we review your hair growth and the affected area.
We recommend returning for maintenance treatments every 12 months to capture any new hair growth. However, once follicles are damaged during your initial treatment, the hair reduction is permanent.
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