IPL – Hair reduction
At The Skin Clinic Fremantle, we are proud to offer the latest generation of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology for hair reduction and hair removal. Utilising a Selective Waveband Technology (SWT), the Nordlys® by Ellipse produces short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light that are used to specifically target melanin pigment in the hair follicles, removing unwanted hair in minutes.
How does Ellipse IPL treatment work?
A thin layer of gel is applied to your skin before treatment, to ensure the maximum amount of light enters the skin. The Ellipse applicator is pressed against the skin and a carefully controlled, pulse of visible light is released. This light is converted to heat energy in the hair follicles, preventing further hair growth
Can all hairs be treated?
Because the treatment relies on absorption of light by melanin, there needs to be more melanin in the hair than in the surrounding skin. This means that light blonde, red, grey or white hairs do not respond. IPL works best on brown hair. We are able to treat all colours of skin, as long as the hair is darker than the skin.
How long does an IPL treatment take?
A large number of hairs can be targeted in one flash of light. Treatment of the upper lip takes approximately 1 minute, whereas a back may take up to 30 minutes.
How many treatments are needed for hair reduction?
Every hair has a life cycle; it grows for a period of time, falls out, rests and then starts to grow again. Only hairs that are growing can be treated – so you need to repeat the treatment at regular intervals until all the hair follicles in that area have been treated while growing. The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body site, hormone levels and age. Clinical studies have shown that typically 3-6 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are 1-3 months.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
It is important not to pluck, tweeze, wax or use hair removal creams during the 4 weeks before treatment. The ensures as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair that can be destroyed. It is also important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb the light instead of your hair. It is also recommended to use sunscreen (SPF30 or higher) every day following your treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
While tolerance of pain is very individual, no anaesthetics are required. Most people describe the sensation as practically pain-free, similar to that of an elastic band snapping on to the skin.
Contraindications to IPL
- Recent sunburn or unprotected sun exposure
- Recent use of depilatory creams, waxing or tweezing (hair removal only)
- Epilepsy or seizures triggered by flashing light
- Infection, dermatitis, ezcema or cold sores within the treatment area
- Certain medications
What are the potential side effects of IPL hair reduction?
IPL treatments are generally perceived to be simple beauty treatments, however this is not the case and outcomes vary depending upon the quality of the IPL machine and the experience of the therapist. In addition, serious potential complications can arise if information is withheld at the time of consultation.
Here at The Skin Clinic Fremantle, our knowledgeable and experienced Dermal Therapists use a high quality Nordlys® by Ellipse IPL machine. Prior to your first treatment, you will be offered a complimentary consultation, which may involve a patch-test to allow an accurate assessment of your skin’s response, even if you have previously had IPL elsewhere.
Potential complications of IPL treatment include:
- Prolonged redness and swelling.
- Darker patches of pigment on the skin (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), which can last for up to a year.
- Paler patches on the skin (hypo-pigmentation), which can last for up to a year or be permanent.
- Blistering of the skin.
How much does IPL cost?
The cost of IPL depends upon the size of the area being treated. Please use the information below as a guide only, individual quotes may vary.
|IPL Hair Reduction||Single treatment|
|Extra Small – e.g. chin, upper lip||$75|
|Small – e.g. underarms, hands, bikini||$150|
|Medium – e.g. forearms, extended bikini||$250|
|Large – e.g. full arm, lower leg, chest, upper back||$350|
|Extra Large – e.g. full leg, full back||$600|
Courses of treatments paid in full = 10% discount
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