IPL Hair Removal

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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. In order to compensate for the lower levels of melanin found in fair hair, the operator can simply raise the fluence output from the system.

As long hairs use up the energy and prevent all of it reaching the hair root, 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.

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”.

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.

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.

Pricing

Small Areas Single Course of 6
  • Earlobes
  • Nose
  • Toes
  • Fingers
  • Nipples
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Cheek bones
  • Sideburns
  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
£40
RRP £135
£150
Average Cost Per Treatment £25
Medium Areas Single Course of 6
  • Hands & Fingers
  • Feet & Toes
  • Under Arms
  • Bikini Line- Standard
  • Jaw Line
  • Neck Front & Back
  • Jaw Line & Neck (Front)
  • Upper Arms
  • Lower Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen
£59
RRP £150
£240
Average Cost Per Treatment £40
Large Areas Single Course of 6
  • Buttocks
  • Half Back – upper
  • Half Back – lower
  • Lower legs
  • Upper legs
  • Full Arms
£79
RRP £190
£249
Average Cost Per Treatment £41.50
Extra Large Areas Single Course of 6
  • Full Legs
  • Full Back
  • Full Front
£99
RRP £225
£360
Average Cost Per Treatment £60
Full Body Single Course of 6
  • Excluding Face (Neck & Back)
£200
RRP £540
£699
Average Cost Per Treatment £116.50
Full Body Single Course of 6
  • Including Face (Excluding Back)
£220
RRP £570
£799
Average Cost Per Treatment £133.00
Ultimate Body Package Single Course of 6
  • Full Body Including Face, Neck & Back
£300 £899
Average Cost Per Treatment £149.83