|Laser or Intense
Pulsed Light may be used to destroy hair follicles
beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment may
be performed on any area of the body and on any
skin type if the correct source of light is used.
The procedure is usually performed by an aesthetician,
preferably under the supervision of a physician,
and the treatments are spaced several weeks apart.
Common areas of treatment for men and women include
the legs, chest, face, abdomen, back, bikini line
DOES IT WORK?
of the varying sizes of treatment areas, one session
of laser or IPL hair removal can take anywhere
from about 15 to 90 minutes to perform. Patients
often report a mild stinging sensation during
treatment, but various methods of cooling may
be used during treatment to help reduce this.
Anethesia is generally not needed.
The light, which is directed at the hair follicles
in the area of treatment, penetrates the skin
and is absorbed by the follicle beneath the hair.
As the light is absorbed, it is converted to heat,
destroying the follicles's ability to grow new
Laser or IPL hair removal needs to be performed
in stages because hair grows in stages. It is
only in its active stage of growth that hair can
be removed successfully.
TO EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
continue on with normal daily routines immediately
following treatment, but do need to keep the treated
areas out of the sun. Some redness may be existent,
but should only last several hours, or occasionally
up to a couple days. This is easily camouflaged
by clothing or makeup.