Things to know about IPL hair removal
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is one of the hair removal techniques that give an almost permanent reduction in unwanted hair growth. It is often comparable with laser hair removal, and there are quite a few similarities as well. It helps to reduce hair growth so that smooth and hair-free skin can be retained for a longer duration. However, people are often skeptical about its effectiveness. But IPL hair removal is a very safe and successful procedure that has been used for quite a few years to achieve long term hair removal results.
The difference between IPL and Laser hair removal
The key difference between laser and IPL hair removal treatment is the use of a broadband pulsed light source. Laser therapy utilizes a coherent light source. Both of the methods are used to target the melanin present in the hair follicle. Almost permanent results of hair removal can be expected from both. Although there are many effective laser hair removal appliances available in the market to be used at home, the salon-grade ones are more powerful. The high energy beams will focus on the hair follicle to destroy it rather than affecting the surrounding areas. Hence the professional level treatment is more effective in getting better results and faster as well. The procedure is also effective on the darker skin with dark hair, whereas most other light-based procedures are effective only on light skin and dark hair. The light source whether it’s intense pulsed flashlight or laser plays a minor role in the efficacy of the treatment. The effectiveness dramatically depends on the frequency, energy, and color of the skin.
Both the laser impulses and the IPL light reach the root of the hair via melanin. After a few treatment sessions, the simulation has a damaging effect on the roots. This will inhibit the root from growing as fast as it used to grow or stop the growth altogether. For the most effective results, dark hair on light skin is the perfect combination.
Which is better at home or salon level procedure?
The at-home devices are capable, no doubt, but they have to be done more regularly than the salon-grade treatments. This is because the salon level devices are more powerful than at-home devices. They need the professional expertise to manage and control, unlike the at-home ones. However, they will give faster results. In either case, the users have attested that they provide similar results.
The pre-treatment care
The area to be treated has to be cleanly shaven before the procedure starts. Under any circumstances, the area should not be waxed or plucked, or else the clients will be rescheduled. The hair follicles must be present for the light to focus on.
Sunburns and tanning must be avoided at least a week before the treatment. Damaged skin is tough to treat for hair removal. And the use of IPL can further damage the skin even more.
Artificial tanning products and makeup must be removed before the procedure even starts. This is done so that there is no barrier, and the light beams can work more effectively. It is also advised to thoroughly clean and exfoliates the skin before the treatment.
Any other facial treatments, chemical peels, etc. must be avoided on the areas to be treated. At least a week before the treatment starts, the area must be left to its own devices and not tampered with.
If you are a skincare junkie and are used to a multi-step skincare routine, then you have to avoid all kinds of alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products (AHA/BHA), Tazorac, retinol/retinoid, hydroquinone, and Differin for at least seven days before treatment.
IPL hair removal is growing in popularity because of how fast the results are shown on the skin. After a few sessions, the clients will see the desired results. It is due to its effectiveness that despite its high cost, the process is growing popularity by the years.