How it Works
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a powerful laser or ‘intense pulsed light’ (IPL) or in our case ‘Super IPL’ to reduce and remove unwanted hair. Hair removal is a booming industry, and it’s no surprise. Getting rid of unwanted hair has historically been difficult, time-consuming, and even painful. Now it can be done in an instant, and unlike shaving, clients can enjoy hair free skin for more than just a week!
Super IPL works by producing a powerful pulsed laser light to create a heating effect in the hair follicle damaging it and preventing it from growing back again. IPL hair removal is not permanent and regular top up sessions will need to be undertaken to prevent regrowth. The laser light targets the hairs melanin, the natural pigment contained in the shaft of the hair itself. The procedure works best on darker hair and paler skinned people, however with a Super IPL machine you can treat darker skinned people safely. Super IPL is an inherently safe procedure and with the knowledge of the practitioners and the most up to date equipment we know you’ll be very happy with the results.
What Makes Our Service Different?
Super IPL machines are an innovative exchange for the single-pulse mode of less up to date machines. They provide an improved two-pulse mode, functioning at a higher, more targeted frequency range, and filter out UV and infrared light.
Our Super IPL machines work 10 times faster than IPL machines, and unlike the others, they can treat more difficult skin types such as tanned skin, dark skin, and white hair. Although results on these hair types can be variable and take more sessions.
No. Clients sometimes feel a warm sensation but it is not a painful treatment.
Yes. We need the area being treated to be hair free, and shaved is the only method you can use prior to this treatment. It works by targeting the melanin in the hair shaft so plucking, epilating or waxing will mean there is no hair in the shaft to target. Hair must be shaved the day before to avoid skin being too irritated.
We recommend regular sessions to keep the hair away. This is because the hair can only be destroyed when it is in the growing phase. You cannot determine at any point which stage the hair is in, so this is why some hair will return even with the best machines and the most experienced practitioners.
Yes. Your practitioner will discuss these with you at the consultation stage. The most common is sun tanned skin. Do not under estimate the importance of this, an active tan can increase you risk of side effects enormously. Tans also increase your risk of hypo/hyper pigmentation and this can last up to 6 months. Pregnancy, Diabetes, Keloid scarring, vitiligo, melasma, herpes and certain medications are to be avoided too. Some conditions are difficult to treat. If you have a hormonal drive to produce excessive hair such as polycystic ovaries, you can be treated but the hair may continue to come back.
We recommend 6 sessions 6 weeks apart for best results. Some people won’t see much change until the third or fourth session.
The area may be red with a raised rash for up to 24 hours afterwards. Holding a cold compress to the skin may help (try a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel). Cold aloe vera gel is also excellent for reducing inflammation and redness post laser treatments. Most important is to avoid sun exposure to the area treated. A factor 30+ sunscreen must be used.
Rarely a crust or blister on your skin, which may take up to 10 days to heal. Lightening or darkening of the skin can occur (hypo or hyper pigmentation) for several months afterwards. Scarring, excessive swelling, which may last up to seven days, bruising – most typically seen in the axilla and bikini area – which can last for several days. Burns.
The area will naturally shed the hair out of the follicles in the area that has been treated. This is totally normal and is a good indication that the treatment has worked! Leave the area clean and avoid pulling the hairs out.