Hairs normally grow in almost every part of the body as it provides covering, protection and heat regulation. However, when they excessively grow in different body parts such as the legs and the face, they affect the person’s physical appearance and his or her self-esteem. Due to this reason, many spas and treatment centers were established for the purpose of removing excess hair through waxing. As a result, customers who seek perfection of beauty, flawless- and blemish-free skin go to these places.
On the other hand, many people also utilize other means such as shaving with the use of shavers, creams and gel. But the problem with other methods is the hair easily grow back or may grow even thicker, making the person do the entire process over and over again. Today with the help of technological innovations, the use of IPL or intense pulsed light has been discovered and has since been known to significantly reduce the growth of hair permanently.
Permanent hair removal through IPL technology works by targeting the hair follicles and damaging the roots of the hair. Intense pulsed light is different from laser as it works by using several specific wavelength frequencies while laser works by using only one wavelength frequency. The broad spectrum IPL wavelength penetrates the skin and targets shaft and roots of the hair, damaging the melanin found on the roots, vaporizing the hair and the entire hair follicle or papilla.
IPL wavelengths attack active hair follicles, leaving the inactive ones still functional. This means that after sometime the hair follicles may become active, giving the possibility for the hair to grow slowly. IPL treatment is not entirely a permanent solution but is considered as a successful hair reduction method. According to studies, the intense pulsed light can reduce up to 80-85% of hairs found on the face and other parts of the body.
IPL works on hairs that are colored, meaning it doesn’t include white or grey hairs and penetration is best with fair skin. IPL technology does not only work in hair reduction and removal but also works in the treatment of dilated superficial veins and in removing tattoos. Physicians and experts assert that the method is highly effective. However, there are certain conditions that are contraindicated with IPL treatments. These include conditions such as skin cancer, hyperthyroidism, complicated skin diseases, open skin wounds, herpes and pregnancy.
Before undergoing the treatment, it is good to know some important facts and tips regarding IPL waxing hair removal technology. These include the following:
-The method should not used on areas near the eyes such as the eyebrows.
-The number of hours for treatment usually depends on the body area and the amount and color of the skin and hair. The number of sessions for hair removal also depends on the hair thickness and skin type.
-IPL is safe as it only penetrates a few millimeters under the skin and is unable to cause damages to other structures beneath the skin.
-Shaving is not really necessary before the treatment as the hair shaft needs to be 1-3 millimeters for the wavelengths to be easily absorbed.
In general, IPL waxing hair removal is very efficient in permanent hair reduction and possible permanent hair removal but then, it is important to consult your doctor prior to the treatment.