Frequently Asked Questions
Laser vs IPL?
There are two differences between Laser and Intense Pulsed Light. IPL treatment heads are generally up to 80 times bigger than the small spot produced by lasers, thus increasing the treatment speed and the area that can be treated in a single go.
The second difference is the wavelength of light produced. Lasers produce light with one specific wavelength, were as IPL uses an entire waveband. Different wavelengths have different depths of penetrations, so using IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.
With the ultralux 4 system we are able to modify the wavelength, energy and pulse widths, for optimum treatment.
How does IPL hair reduction work?
IPL is a treatment which uses light to absorb melanin (the pigment in hair and skin). This light converts to heat, around 70 degrees centigrade killing the follicle, without disrupting the skin surface.
Does it hurt?
You may feel a slight level of discomfort with each application. Some say it feels like a flick of a rubber band or hot pin pricks, this really depends on each client’s pain threshold. This sensation will reduce as the area being treated responds to the therapy.
How many treatments will I need and how often should I have treatment?
Hair grows in different cycles which consist of Anagen, Catagen and Telogen phase. Many factors influence this including hormones, ethnicity, age, weight, diet, medication and metabolism, as well as the hairs location, thickness and resilience. Only hair in the active growth phase (Anagen phase) can be destroyed in any one treatment. Approximatly one third of the hair follicles are ever in the Anagen phase at any on time. This is why multiple treatments are required. They can range from 6-12 treatments. The length of time hair is in the Anagen phase will vary on each region of the body.
What parts of the body can be treated?
Generally any part of the body can be treated, with the exceptions of areas in close proximity to the eyes, inner ear and nose. Popular areas for hair removal are the underarms, bikini, upper lip, chin, face, legs, back and chest.
Who does it work best on?
Most people can have IPL treatment. A trained therapist should be able to determine if you are suitable or not.
- History of seizures
- Photo-sensitizing medications and herbs
- Active infections
- Epilation 4 weeks pre-treatment eg, waxing or tweezing
- Open Lesions
- Herpes in treatment area
- Accutane in last 6months
- Sunburn or tan to treatment area
Unfortunatly, there are some potential complications with IPL treatments. At Kalidora Clinic three test patch will be performed performed prior to your actual treatment, this will allow an accurate evaluation of the skins response. These test patches will reduce potential complications such as,
- Pigment changes (light or dark spots on the skin) lasting 1-6 months. Freckles may temporarily or permanently disappear in treated areas. Other potential risk include crusting, itching, pain, bruising, pimple-like bumps, dry skin, hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), blistering, burns, infection, scabbing, swelling, a very small risk of scarring and a failure to achieve the desired result
- Redness, swelling and or blistering
What do I need to do before my treatment?
- Do not wax, pluck, use depilatory creams or undertake electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment, and in between treatments
- Do not use prescription strength exfoliant creams (Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy) for 2 weeks prior to treatment
- Do not shave for up to 2 weeks prior to first treatment. Please shave the night before all subsequent treatments
- Avoid tanning, including self-tanning lotions, tanning bed/booths or sun exposure, for 4 weeks prior to and in between treatments. A sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater should be used on any area of sun-exposed skin, which you plan to treat
What do I need to do after my treatment?
- A mild sunburn-like sensation is anticipated. This usually resolves within 2-3 hours of treatment but may persist for up to 2 days. Application of chilled aloe vera gel or an ice pack every hour for 5 to10 minutes may be soothing to the skin. Continue until symptoms subside
- Avoid sun exposure to treated areas. Apply a sun block with SPF 30 or greater daily to sun-exposed treated areas between treatments and for 4-6 weeks after last treatment
- Bathe or shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Avoid use of strongly scented lotions or soaps, prescription strength exfoliant creams, loofah sponges, and aggressive scrubbing to the treated areas during the healing phase
- Allow any blistered or open areas to heal spontaneously. If healing is delayed, a thin coating of antibiotic ointment may be advised. Do not pick at these areas. Picking may result in infection or scarring. Allow any crusting to heal spontaneously, crusting will resolve in 3 to 14 days. Application of antibiotic ointment is not recommended for crusting
- Appearance of “stubble” may appear in 1 to 4 weeks. This is not hair re-growth. It is the remnant of treated hairs being expelled from the IPL-damaged follicle. Allow this hair to fall out of the skin on its own or by gently washing with a warm wet washcloth. Do not pluck or tweeze. You may shave during this period
- Best results are obtained on clients who have follow up treatment immediately after hair starts to grow. Your clinician will advise you when you should schedule your next appointment. It is important to adhere to this regime
Expected hair reduction?
We can only achieve 80-90% hair reducation, no IPL system can achieve 100% hair removal, although what is remaining is generally lighter and finer and may require maintenance every year. At approximately treatment four there is a phase called the flourish phase, where an influx of hair growth occurs, it is not known why this occurs but not to worry they all fall out and you are back on track before you know it.