If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about IPL (intense pulsed light) laser hair removal treatments, we’re about to make you feel a whole lot better about taking the leap. Legs eleven shares all you need to know about IPL hair removal with us.
It’s a whole lot less scary than you might think!
Lots of people believe all sorts of misconceptions about IPL technology. Some of these came about as a result of older and more traditional IPL technology, which restricted use to lighter skin types only. However, over the last 20 years IPL systems have evolved significantly and made this form of hair removal more accessible to most people.
Legs eleven uses current I2PL technology, developed by Ellipse in Denmark, with a patented dual mode filtering system.
What is IPL treatment?
I2PL is a modern and versatile light-based technology that emits a broad beam of light over a spectrum of wavelengths. Filters are used to optimise the light for different applications. Which means a wide range of treatments can be performed safely and comfortably on all types of skin.
On the other hand, laser by definition uses a single light beam of one wavelength and each laser device is limited to a particular type of treatment and skin tone. In both technologies the principle of hair removal is the same, the light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and the transferred heat then destroys individual hair follicles — leaving you smooth and hair-free.
It’s important to understand that not all IPL and laser systems are the same and that hair removal results depend on the model, make and age of the machine, as well as the qualifications and experience of the user.
Is I2PL more expensive than other laser treatments?
I2PL hair removal is more versatile and treats larger areas per shot, making it a more affordable option overall. When compared to temporary hair removal methods that often cause ingrown hairs, such as shaving, waxing or hair removal creams — I2PL is the most cost-effective method in the long-term.
Is an IPL treatment painful?
I2PL is a gentle and virtually pain-free alternative to traditional laser and IPL hair removal treatments. There’s no need to use ice packs or anesthetic gels for pain relief following treatment. Many ladies describe the feeling as a tingling or warm sensation, like the gentle flicking of a rubber band. This means that there’s no recovery period after treatment — what a bonus if you’d like a squeeze-in-a-treatment-during-your-lunch-hour session!
Is I2PL treatment limited to legs?
You can book treatments for almost any area of the body, including your arms, underarms, face or bikini area.
Can men have I2PL treatments?
Yes, they can. These days, men are getting tired of using traditional methods of getting rid of unwanted hair and are opting for more cost effective and permanent hair removal solutions. The most popular areas include the shoulders, back, chest, stomach, neck and beard. So you can book yourself and your man for a session.
Can IPL treat grey, red and true blonde hair?
Both IPL and laser target the pigment, called melanin, in the hair. This means that true blonde, red and grey hairs are not treatable. But hair that is light to medium brown can be treated.
Do individual hairs have to be treated one at a time like electrolysis?
In a nutshell, no. Treatment times are must faster than electrolysis because a larger area with multiple hairs is treated with each pulse of light. A rectangular hand piece is placed onto the skin and controlled flashes of light are delivered to the area as the hand piece is moved within the marked region.
Can IPL remove 100% of my unwanted hair?
100% permanent hair removal can never really be guaranteed with any light-based technology because of the body’s hair growth cycle, whereby hair follicles go through resting and growing phases. And for this very reason, one treatment can’t do the job — a course of sessions is required to treat most of the hairs in their appropriate phase of growth.
I2PL has, however, been clinically proven to remove up to 80% to 90% of unwanted hair after an average of 6 to 8 sessions. Any remaining stray hair that may appear over time will grow more slowly and will be much finer, lighter and easier to remove.
Does IPL cause ingrown hair?
One of the key benefits of IPL is that it can treat and prevent ingrown hairs by destroying the hair follicles under your skin. Not only does it eliminate the problem of ingrown hairs, it also improves your overall skin tone and texture — love that!
Do treatment sessions need to be booked every month?
I2PL treatment intervals are on average every 8 to 16 weeks, depending on the body area being treated. In the beginning, sessions will be required as often as 8 weeks apart, but as the hair takes longer to reappear, your sessions can be as far as 3 to 4 months apart.
Can you let your hair grow in-between sessions?
You can definitely shave in-between your treatments; however, Legs eleven recommends that you stop shaving at least 3 to 5 days before every appointment in order for them to assess the hair growth for a customised treatment setting.
It’s advised that you don’t wax, tweeze, thread, epilate, bleach or use depilatory creams or electrolysis for at least 4 weeks before your first IPL treatment, or between treatments either.