TOP 6 QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS
Do I need to wear anything special?
For most treatments you do not need to wear any special clothing. However, if you are having hair removed from the bikini line or armpit, it would be preferable for you to wear white underwear, as coloured underwear can be affected by the IPL treatment.
Is there anything special I need to do after treatment?
Aloe Vera Gel should be applied regularly in the first few days following treatment to soothe the area. Sun exposure or sun beds should be avoided for at least four weeks before and after treatment. A sun cream of at least SPF30 should be applied to exposed treated areas every day for at least four weeks after the treatment, regardless of the weather.
Are there any long-term side effects?
Redness and swelling may occur following the treatment but this is usually short-lived, lasting one to two days. Either increase or loss of pigmentation in the skin can occasionally occur. Scarring very rarely appears with IPL. Minor textural changes in the skin can occur in some patients, but this is rare.
How many treatments are required?
Commonly, six to eight treatment sessions are required to provide long-lasting reduction in hair growth. Stubborn areas, such as beard hair in men, may require more treatment sessions. The interval between treatment sessions is usually 4 to 8 weeks, but will vary depending on the area of the body.
What does it involve?
At your initial consultation your goals, skin type and hair quality will determine your suitability for IPL hair removal, and the optimum treatment programme for you to achieve the best results. A “test patch” will usually be performed. Eye protection is worn by the patient and the nurse. The nurse slowly moves a hand-piece over the treatment area as pulses of light energy are delivered.
Does it hurt?
Most people experience minimal discomfort, feeling a slight burning and tingling sensation. Cooling packs are applied immediately following treatment to minimise discomfort. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others and the skin may swell or redden slightly. Aloe Vera Gel will be supplied to soothe discomfort after treatment.