IPL Laser Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal is a highly effective and proven method to remove unwanted hair on the body and face. Suitable for most skin types, an average of six to ten treatments are needed every 4-6 weeks to destroy the hair follicles beneath the skin. It is a great alternative to traditional methods such as waxing, shaving and threading that can often include having to grow hairs, discomfort during the removal stage and damage to the skin leaving ingrown hairs.

BENEFITS :

  • Permanently reduce hair safely
  • We treat most skin types
  • Prevents skin irritation and ingrown hairs
  • Best quality AW3 laser machines

What is IPL hair removal and how does it work?

The IPL hair removal system (intense pulsed light) produces a high intensity flash of filtered light from the applicator head, which is placed in contact with the skin. The energy from the light is absorbed by the pigment melanin, which is the chromosphere that gives the hair it’s colour. The hair acts as a conductor of the light and effectively turns it into heat to raise the temperature of the surrounding cells to 70 degree centigrade or more. The heating denatures, or kills, the cells making them incapable of producing further hair growth.

Why are multiple hair removal treatments necesary to clear an area of unwanted hair?

Hair growth is cyclical, as hair follicles go through resting and growing phases.  This cycle has been divided into three phases: anagen, the growth phase, catagen phase, during which the hair stops growing and the telogen phase, when the hair follicle is at rest and dead hair starts to fall out.  Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and can be destroyed by the heat. Resting hair follicles need to enter the growth phase before they can be effectively destroyed by the AW3 treatment. That’s why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been through the growth phase. The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body site, hair density, thickness, ethnic origin, hormonal status and age. Clinical studies have confirmed that at least 3-6 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 4-6 weeks.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

A number of factors determine the length of time for a treatment.  We plan for adequate time to go as slowly or as fast as is comfortable and appropriate for each client.  The size and “topography” of the area treated factors into the time required, as does the amount of preparation.  As a general rule, legs and backs take half an hour to an hour , while an upper lip or the tops of ears may require 5 to 10 minutes.  The front of the neck or underarms can take as little as 10 minutes.

Do I need to shave before the treatment?

Ideally hairs should only be 1 to 2 mm long when patient comes in for the treatment. By avoiding any other form of epilation, plucking or waxing in the month leading up to the treatment, it ensures as many follicles as possible contain hair, and thus can be destroyed by the light. Additionally, bleaching should also be ceased in the weeks leading up to the termination.

Why do hairs still grow after treatment?

Unlike other light epilation treatments, hair is not vaporised by the IPL treatment. The heat kills the hair root, but the hair remains in the skin and sometimes become attached to the epidermis. Over the 1-3 weeks following the treatment, the hair will fall out as the epidermis renews itself. During this period it will seem that the hair are “growing”.

What colour hair can be treated?

Other than white and grey hair, all hair colours can be permanently reduced through treatments. Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the high concentration of melanin that gives maximum absorption.

How can you tell if the treatment has worked when the hairs are not removed immediately?

A few minutes after the treatment, there are various indications of the effectiveness of the treatment. These include: the colour of hair becoming charcoal, the hair expanding in size or a red ring around each follicle. These are good indications that sufficient heating of the follicles has taken place. How ever, this is not always seen and many patients have great results without the past treatment signs.

What are the side effects?

The visible light is completely safe, and thus, no special precautions are needed apart from glasses for the brightness generated from the flash lamp. The skin of some patients become quite red immediately after treatment and rarely small blisters as from excessive sun exposure can occur. However, most patients experience no side effects at all, and any of the described skin reactions should disappear within hours to a few days.

Is laser hair removal uncomfortable, or even painful?

You may experience a small but manageable sensation that we describe as a “pinch” or a “zap” when we pulse the laser.  Most of our former waxing, stringing and electrolysis clients report that the discomfort is far less than those methods of hair removal.  Stress, fatigue, caffeine, your menstrual cycle and pain tolerance may also influence the level of comfort —  or discomfort —  that you feel.

How does laser hair removal with a laser differ from laser hair removal with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?

Intense pulsed light, technology which evolved from aesthetic laser technologies, functions in almost the same way as laser to disable hair follicles and permanently reduce hair growth.  It is safer, more comfortable, more versatile, and often faster than traditional lasers.  Our clients have experienced great success with the IPL hair removal equipment that we use.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?

To ensure as many hair follicles are targeted as possible it is also important not to under go any hair removal for at least four weeks before the appointment or during the course of treatment. The same rule applies to any sun treatments, as a tan will raise the pigment level in the skin and have a severe effect on the treatments success.

Small Area : Upper lip / Chin /Eyebrows / Earlobes / Nose / Fingers / Toes / Nipples / Naval / Cheek Bones – £40 / session

Medium Area : Under Arms/ Sideburns / Hairline / Cheeks / Forehead /Jaw Line / Neck / Hands / Feet / Naval Line– £50 / session

Large Area : Shoulders / Shoulder blades / Upper lip & Chin / Inner thighs – £60 / session

XL Area Half back / Full face / Beard / Chest / Abdomen / Buttocks  Upper arms / Lower arms  – £80 / session

XXL Area : Lower legs / Upper Legs / Full Face & Neck / Full back– £100 / session

Intimate area IPL permanent hair removal :
Bikini line – £50  / session
Bikini brazilian – £70  / session
Bikini Hollywood – £90 / session
Bikini Hollywood & peri anal – £100 / session

Consultation and Patch test  £20

Our clinics

Our Dundee skin and laser clinic benefits from a fantastic central location at South Tay Street. Treatments are carried out by a micropigmentation specialist since 2010. We specialise in Microblading, Semipermanent Eyeliner and Lip Makeup, the latest rejuvenation treatments, pampering facials as well as IPL hair removal and tattoo removal.