Laser Hair Removal Benefits
If you live with unwanted hair, you’ve probably tried some of the typical solutions, such as waxing, shaving, and electrolysis. If so, you’ve also found that:
- Shaving is a daily nuisance
- Waxing is painful and only a short-term solution Electrolysis is effective, but since it only treats one hair follicle at a time, it’s not practical for large areas and is extremely time consuming.
Permanent Hair Reduction Through Pulsed Light
Our intense pulsed light (IPL) system offers a lasting solution for unwanted hair. Benefits include:
- Permanent: Concentrated pulses of light loosen the hair and disable the cells responsible for new hair growth.
- Fast: Small areas, such as the underarms or upper lip, can be treated in 10 minutes or less, and even large areas, like the back or legs, can be treated in under one hour.
- Comfortable: Various cooling methods keep the light pulses mild and skin-safe, allowing for more comfortable treatments than electrolysis and waxing.
- Convenient: Unlike waxing, there is no need to let hair grow out between treatments. You can remain hair free all the time.
How does intense pulsed light hair removal work?
Our IPL system uses specialized handpieces that filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Different treatments such as hair reduction, sun spot removal, or leg vein clearance require light of different wavelength bands.
The IPL hair removal handpieces emit pulses of light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.
How is intense pulsed light different from a laser?
Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but IPL systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and results in a quicker treatment.
What body areas can I get treated?
Most areas except directly around the eyes. The face, upper lip, neck, chest, arms, back, and legs all can be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
At any given time, only a portion of the hair on your body is in a phase of active growth. The hair that is not actively growing can stay on your skin for up to three weeks. Therefore, you will need more than one treatment to affect the growth of all your unwanted hair.
Depending on the size of the treatment area, you may require from 6 to 12 IPL hair removal treatments to catch all hairs in their living cycle and achieve permanent hair reduction.
Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take 60-90 minutes.
What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts for 2 to 24 hours and can be soothed with cool gel or ice packs.
The treated hair will continue to appear for 7 to 30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin.
Other IPL Treatments
If you want to improve your skin tone, our IPL photorejuvenation process offers comfortable and effective photofacials for the treatment of sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and unsightly spider veins, with little to no downtime.
Schedule your Complimentary Consultation Today
At Water’s Edge, our IPL treatments provide the most skin-safe, comfortable, and effective hair removal available. There is little to no downtime, and you can immediately return to work or other activities.
For a complimentary consultation to find out if IPL hair removal is right for you, request an appointment online or call Water’s Edge Dermatology today. We have locations throughout Central and South Florida. Find the location nearest you.
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