HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN I.P.L. TREATMENT BEFORE COMING INTO THE SALON:
- Make sure hair is shaved two days prior to coming into the salon. DO NOT wax or tweeze prior to hair removal treatment.
- Remove all make-up and creams from the treatment area.
- Discontinue sun bed use and “fake tanning” products for at least four weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid sun tanning four weeks prior to and between treatments.
- Wear light coloured loose clothing.
- Make sure to read over ALL of the FAQ’s and are a candidate for IPL treatments.
AFTER TREAMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
- Limit sun exposure as much as possible.
- Use a high SPF sunscreen when exposed to the sun between and after treatments.
- Discontinue sun bed use and “fake tanning” products.
- Cool any areas which remain warm after treatment with cooling aloe Vera gels, cold compresses or frozen gel packs. Some clients may experience some redness and/or warmth at the treatment site, which is normal and can be cooled with cold wet compresses if desired.
- 12-24 hours after treatment, avoid extremely hot baths, whirlpools, saunas, or heavily chlorinated swimming pools.
- Avoid strong deodorants after hair reduction treatment of the underarms.
- Do not wax or tweeze treatment areas between hair removal treatments.
- Avoid Loofa sponges
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR TREATMENT?
The Intense Pulsed Light is safe and effective to most skin types. Treatments are customized according to your skin type, hair colour and treatment area. Most body parts can be treated and special eye protection is used when working closely around the eyes.
WHO SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A CANDIDATE?
Certain drugs and cosmetics are highly photosensitive and it is recommended to stop taking them prior to treatment.
Diabetics-Type I and Type II diabetics are not ideal candidates for IPL treatments due to delayed healing and infection, however they have been known to be fine but we advise that you check with your doctor first.
Pregnant Women-not ideal candidates for treatment because of the hormonal changes that can occur during pregnancy.
Chemotherapy-It is recommended to wait at least three weeks prior to IPL treatments. Chemotherapy can thin the skin and the healing process can be potentially delayed.
Photo-Sensitive Drugs- Ideally it is recommended that you stop taking photo-sensitive drugs such as Accutane, retinol A, tetracycline, some fertility drugs, antidepressants for four weeks prior to treatment. Accutane patients may not be treated unless they have been off the drug for two years. Retinol A patients should wait two or three days of being off of the drug prior to treatment.
Hormonal Drugs-Results are less predictable for people taking hormonal drugs as some hormonal drugs can stimulate hair growth.
Sun tanned Skin-clients should not be actively tanning the treatment area 48 hours before or after treatments.
IS IT OK TO SHAVE BETWEEN TREATMENTS?
As IPL penetrates through the skin right to the bulb of the hair, it is still ok to shave between treatments if you like but DO NOT tweeze or wax, as that will remove the target hence reducing the Intense Pulsed Light’s ability to destroy it (you cannot destroy what is not there). Shaving between treatments is a more effective approach because the matrix or bulb and shaft of the hair is untouched by shaving. It may take eight to ten days on some people and perhaps two to three weeks on others to fully shed the thermally damaged hair.
IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Most clients refer to the treatment similar to the snap of an elastic band, or a brief pin prick sensation, and in all cases, far less painful than the alternatives of waxing and electrolysis.
CAN YOU TREAT AREAS OF MY BODY WHERE I HAVE A TATOO?
There may be a possibility that the IPL hand piece can fade the tattoo due to the removal of pigment in the skin. Unless consent is given by the client who is aware that this may occur we will not treat areas that are covered by tattoos.
CAN YOU PERFORM PULSED LIGHT TREATMENTS ON CLIENTS WITHIN THEIR MENSTRUAL CYCLE?
In some cases, clients within their menstrual cycle are more sensitive to the sensation of intense pulsed light. It is recommended to do a test patch on the client’s skin or have them reschedule to a different time prior to their cycle.
HOW DOES IPL PERMANENT HAIR REDUCTION WORK?
A precise beam of light energy safely transmits heat through the skin to selectively target pigment in the hair shaft. When absorbed by the pigment, the light then converts to heat only in the target, eliminating the target without damaging surrounding tissue. Intense Pulsed Light compromises the body’s ability to re-grow hair in the treated area.
BENEFITS OF IPL HAIR REMOVAL
- Treatments are quick and easy-IPL hand pieces utilize a large area on the body, thus minimizing the time of the treatment.
- Treatments are convenient-no redness, inflammation, and minimal discomfort.
- Sensation is minimal and FAR LESS than other treatment alternatives. IPL hand pieces are actively cooling the skin making procedures comfortable. The sensation is often referred to as a gentle “snap” with minimal to no sensation.
- Permanent Hair Reduction-IPL compromises the body’s ability to re-grow hair in the treated area
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE REQUIRED?
Permanent hair reduction will require multiple treatments depending on skin type, density of hair etc. Hair grows in three cycles called Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. IPL technology most effectively works in the Anagen (active growth) phase when the hair is highest in pigment. On average approximately 20% reduction can be noticed on the first treatment and up to 95% reduction can be noticed in six to eight treatments.
WHY ARE MULTIPLE TREATMENTS REQUIRED?
For permanent hair reduction, the IPL will only interact with hair in the active growth phase (Anagen). This is the phase when your hair follicle is highest in pigment. Since only a percentage of your body hair is in the active growth phase at any period of time, multiple treatments are required. Eventually the majority of hair will be treated in the active growth phase and can be effectively thermally destroyed.
WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY AFTER A TREATMENT?
A few days after a hair reduction treatment, stubble may reappear. This is NOT new hair growth, this is the body shedding the thermally destroyed the hair. Even though it appears as though hair continues to grow, it is actually the body shedding the hair entirely and over time the treated hair will grow out of the skin. When this hair has fully shed, it is time for the next treatment (4-6 weeks).