Laser Hair removal
Intermittent Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser systems harness a range of light power which targets brown colour in hair follicles. This causes a temperature rise in the hair root that can destroy the hair forming part of the follicle.
This only works in the 20% of hair that are in a growth phase at a given time -meaning at least 5 treatments are necessary.
The best targets are dark hairs on a pale background. It is possible though to treat some darker skin types. Patients with fair, red and grey hair should consider electrolysis.
Firstly, a test patch will be performed on the area. Protective goggles are worn and cool gel is put onto the skin. The laser like light is directed at various different IPL energies. There is a quick hot sensation. The area will be reviewed one week later.
Monthly treatment sessions will then be necessary: it is worth planning a run of time to avoid any sun exposure to the area. Many patients choose to start IPL or laser hair removal in the autumn. Hair can be shaved prior to treatment, but plucking and waxing are not allowed.
What to expect afterwards
An occasional scab or blister, redness lasting up to a week around the hair follicles and dry or itchy skin in the area treated.
Is the hair removal permanent?
Although IPL and laser are able to reduce hair growth significantly on a very long term basis – it can not be claimed to be permanent. It is of course, possible to control any new growth with, single top-up sessions.
What can go wrong?
Very rarely, brown or white skin patches can form. Over-pigmentation may fade or be treatable. Under-pigmentation may be permanent.
- IPL is often uncomfortable - numbing creams can help. Laser systems are better from this point of view.
- Suntans and even fake tans are not allowed.
- This treatment sun sensitises the skin and makes it more prone to pigment changes. You must wear sun block for at least 6 weeks after treatment and avoid sun exposure.
- Multiple treatments are necessary.
- Not useful for grey or fair or red hair.
Some conditions that may mean you will not be able to have this treatment.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- Photosensitising drugs (Roaccutane, St Johns Wort, Aminospectrin, Gold and many others)
- Porphyria, SLE, Vitalligo.
- Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy or Steroid therapy.
- Keloid scarring
- Semi permanent makeup or tattoos in the treatment area.
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