- Technology : IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
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IPL involves producing light energy which is then absorbed into the dark pigment of the hair to ultimately cause damage to the hair follicle. Hair growth is then reduced without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Preparation for the IPL treatment is minimal, as body hair does not have to be grown out prior to the treatment. The hand-piece utilized for the treatment covers larger body areas than alternative methods. Thus minimizing the time of the treatment, and the active cooling integrated within the hand-piece provides for additional comfort.
|Lower Face||₹ 3,500||₹ 5,950||₹ 9,800|
|Full Face||₹ 3,500||₹ 5,950||₹ 9,800|
|Only Upper Lip||₹ 2,000||₹ 3,400||₹ 5,600|
|Bikini Line||₹5,000||₹ 8,500||₹ 14,000|
|Under Arms||₹3,500||₹ 5,950||₹ 9,800|
|Full Hands||₹ 5,000||₹ 8,500||₹ 14,000|
|Legs with Buttocks||₹ 10,000||₹ 1,7000||₹ 28,000|
|Full Body with Face||₹ 25,000||₹ 42,500||₹ 70,000|
|Front Tummy||₹ 3,500||₹ 5,950||₹ 9,800|
|Full Back||₹ 4,000||₹ 6,800||₹ 11,200|
|Half Back||₹ 4,000||₹ 6,800||₹ 11,200|
|Shoulder||₹ 4,000||₹ 6,800||₹ 11,200|
|Chest||₹ 4,000||₹ 6,800||₹ 11,200|
*Exact prices to be confirmed during your consultation.
The main advantages of using IPL based technology are:
- IPL achieves substantially better results.
- IPL is a cheaper, less effective technology for reducing body hair.
- Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time.
- IPL technology can perform procedures up to ten times faster than traditional lasers.
*Results may vary from person to person.
The reason multiple sessions are necessary is because IPL cannot absolutely guarantee the removal of hair, only the reduction. In order to be removed permanently and not grow back, hair must be treated with IPL in the ‘active’ phase of growth. As different individual hair may go through this phase at different times, different hair will therefore get removed in different sessions, depending on when they enter the ‘active’ growth phase. After these initial sessions, to reduce the hair in the area to a comfortable level, an additional session once a year or so may be necessary.
Most people describe the procedure as a little uncomfortable, with a tingling or stinging sensation with minimal to no sensation subsequent to the treatment. In some cases, dependent on the procedure, skin type, and the treatment area, clients experience some mild redness and tenderness in the area, which does not interfere with normal activities and usually subsides within a day.
IPL works in a minimally invasive manner to thermally destroy the hair. This is what makes the procedure so fast and comfortable. Two or three days after the treatment, stubble may reappear. This is NOT new hair growth, but simply the body shedding the thermally damaged hair; including the bulb.
When this hair is completely shed, it’s time for your next treatment (typically four to six weeks). As IPL penetrates through the skin right to the bulb of the hair, it’s still OK to shave between treatments if you like, but DON’T tweeze or wax, as that will remove the target.
What is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and How Does it Work?
(IPL) Intense Pulsed Light systems are different from lasers in that they can deliver hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in each burst of light. Certain filters are used that target these flashes of light so that they can work in as precise a way as lasers. Simply, the burst of light to the hair causes damage to the follicle in the same way as a laser.
What happens during an IPL Hair Removal treatment?
Your first discussion with a practitioner should clearly set out your expectations of intense pulsed light, IPL treatment and the practitioner should tell you whether or not these results are achievable using this method of hair removal.
Your medical history should be taken, to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment. At this time, you would also normally be asked to read detailed information and sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with this treatment.
During this treatment, safety eyewear must be worn to protect your eyes from the light generated by the machine.
The practitioner will use a small hand piece to touch your skin with flashes of light.
A gel may also be applied to the treated area.
If you are having this treatment in a sensitive area, you may require an anaesthetic cream to make the treatment more comfortable. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner before the treatment.
Should I Shave My Hair Off Before the Treatment?
It is recommended that you shave off the area that is to be treated either a day before the treatment or just before your treatment is schedules. 24 hours after the treatment you can shave off the area once again unless you have been specifically asked not to do so by your treatment provider.
How long will it take to recover from IPL Hair Removal?
Most people find that they can return to work immediately after the treatment.
How many sessions will I need before treatment is complete?
The number of repeat IPL sessions you will need will depend on your hair type, hair growth, and the exact area being treated, you may need anything from three to ten sessions overall. Sessions are usually scheduled about a month apart.
What are the risks and potential complications from IPL Hair Removal treatment?
IPL hair removal can be uncomfortable and many people describe a stinging sensation or a feeling of elastic bands being flicked at the skin. Those with darker skin tones may notice the discomfort more than others. Many clinics will offer some kind of cooling which is applied to the skin to relieve any discomfort and protect the skin if required for darker pigmentations, either in the form of a chilled tip on the device or an air cooling system which is targeted at the area being treated.
- Cancer; in particularly, skin cancer
- Use of photosensitive medication and herbs for which 810nm light exposure is contra-indicated
- indicatedDiseases which may be stimulated by light at 810nm
- Prolonged exposure to sun or artificial tanning during the 3 to 4 weeks prior to treatment and post treatment
- Active infection of herpes simplex in the treatment area
- areaHistory of keloid scarring
- Diabetes (insulin dependent)
- Fragile and dry skin
- Hormonal disorders (that are stimulated under intense light)
- Use of anticoagulants
- History of coagulopathies
Adverse Effects of Treatment
The use of the IPL is similar to the use of other light-based technologies. Historically, traditional systems have demonstrated the ability to cause a certain degree of controlled and uncontrolled tissue damage. In addition, there are the following risks:
- Severe or prolonged erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) within 2-24 hours of treatment that could last for several weeks.
- Irritation, itching, a mild burning sensation or pain (similar to sunburn) may occur within 48 hours of treatment at the application site.
- Blisters, epidermal erosions, or peri-lesional hyperpigmentation may develop and remain evident for several days to several weeks following treatment.
- Eye damage from reflected or prolonged unprotected exposure to intense light. Protective goggles (appropriate to the wavelength) must be worn during all treatments to prevent eye injury.
Potential Side Effects of Treatment
- Discomfort – when a pulse is triggered, some patients experience various degrees of discomfort. Some patients describe the sensation as stinging, while others liken it to a rubber band snap or a burning sensation that may last for up to one hour after treatment. Most patients tolerate the sensation during treatment, but some patients may require a topical anesthetic.
- Damage to Natural Skin Texture – in some cases, a crust or blister may form. Normal wound care should be followed.
- Change of Pigmentation – there may be a change of pigmentation in the treated area. Most cases of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation occur in people with skin types IV to VI, or when the treated area has been exposed to sunlight within 3 weeks before or after treatment. In some patients, hyper-pigmentation occurs despite protection from the sun. This discoloration usually fades in three to six months, but in rare cases, (mainly hypo-pigmentation) the change of pigment may be permanent.
- Scarring – there is a chance of scarring; such as, enlarged hypertrophic or keloid scars. To reduce the chance of scarring, it is important to carefully follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions.
- Excessive Swelling – immediately after treatment, especially on the nose and cheeks, the skin may swell temporarily. Swelling usually subsides within hours, but may continue for up to seven days.
- Fragile Skin – the skin at or near the treatment site may become fragile. If this happens makeup should be avoided, and the area should not be rubbed (as this might tear the skin).
- Bruising – purpura, or bruising, may appear on the treated area which may last from a few hours to several days.