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Intense Pulsed Light Treatment FAQ

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

A nonabrasive machine that reduces hair growth permanently and improves the appearance of facial skin. To improve the appearance of facial skin, it is recommended for at least 6 sessions. To reduce hair growth permanently, it is recommended for at least 10 sessions. Intense Pulsed Light machine must be able to differentiate the hair from the skin which means that the hair color needs to be different than the skin color. Please consult your skin specialist prior to the service.

How long does the hair need to be for Intense Pulsed Light?

Hair must be recently shaven, very short. Typically, if you shaved 3 days prior to your service, it is the perfect hair length.

How does it improve the appearance of my facial skin?

There are four categories that the Intense Pulsed Light machine which are rejuvenation, acne, dark spot/sun damage and tightening. At least 6 sessions are necessary to see results. Intense Pulsed Light penetrates the skin using a broad-spectrum light that filters out unwanted wavelengths as a means of treating skin conditions.

What is the difference between laser and Intense Pulsed Light?

Both are based on light to destroy the hair follicle, the main technological difference between the two is that laser uses one specific wavelengths of light, while IPL uses a full spectrum of light.

Does Intense Pulsed Light remove my hair permanently?

In most cases, hair growth decreases between 80% to 90% and few remaining hairs become very thin with very slow growth. To maintain results and eliminate new hair growth, it is recommendable to do maintenance sessions, an average of two times a year.

Are there any contraindications?

It is not advisable for people with diabetes, epilepsy, people taking medications that can be photosensitive. Intense Pulsed Light machine must be able to differentiate the hair from the skin which means that the hair color needs to be different than the skin color. Please see your doctor if you are uncertain or have any questions.

Are there any side effects?

In some cases, skin can appear very red right after the treatment but redness disappears within hours. We recommend using Post Wax Serum for calming effects. In addition, the use of sunscreen is necessary. You may experience soreness after treatment which is normal. If side effects do not disappear within 24 to 48 hours, please consult your doctor.