What is IPL hair removal?
• Intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal removes unwanted hair permanently by damaging the root of the hair.  The IPL is attracted to melanin which is the pigment or colour in the hair and will be most effective on dark brown or black hairs.  The treatment is most effective when the skin colour is lighter than the hair colour.

There are three stages of hair growth:  anagen, catagen, and telogen.  IPL, broadband light (BBL), and laser hair removal treatments are effective in damaging only the hair in the active anagen phase, therefore multiple treatments are needed.

What can I expect during a hair removal treatment?
The area to be treated will be shaved so that the end of the hair is flush with the skin.  A layer of gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin.  The IPL hand-held wand is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released targeting many follicles simultaneously.  The wand is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.  Most patients will feel a slight discomfort which they have likened to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against their skin.  During the treatment the area will also be cooled to increase comfort.

How do I prepare for a hair removal treatment?
•  Do not pluck, wax, use a depilatory, or undergo electrolysis in the areas you wish to have treated for six weeks prior to treatment.
•  Do not tan the areas to be treated for four weeks prior.
•  Avoid using self-tanning products for two weeks prior.
•  Do not apply lotion or deodorant the day of your treatment.
•  Discontinue Accutane (prescription medication for acne) six months before treatment and stay off retinoids (prescription medications such as Differin® and Retin A) for one week prior to treatment.

Are there any post-treatment instructions?
•   Some redness and mild swelling is normal after treatment and may feel similar to a sunburn.  This resolves after a few hours to a few days.
•  Do not soak area in a hot tub or hot bath for 24 hours after your treatment.
•  Do not work out to the point of perspiration on the day of treatment as extreme itching may develop.
•  Avoid glycolic acid (ingredient in certain facial creams) products and retinoids (Differin® and Retin A) for seven days after treatment.
•  Apply sunscreen for six weeks over the treatment area.

What can one expect in the long term?
As a rule, five to seven treatments are required to permanently remove 80 to 90 percent of unwanted hairs.  Treatment is conducted every four to six weeks for the face and every eight to ten weeks for the body until a satisfactory result is seen.
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