Many women are searching for the quickest, easiest and most effective way to remove hair, especially around the bikini area. One permanent way is IPL hair removal.
IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light and is a aptly called that due to the way light energy is used and converted into heat energy to remove all unwanted hair. However, while it is known as a laser treatment, no lasers are actually used. Not only is IPL able to remove hair but it is also able to help treat pigmented skin.
Benefits and Downsides of IPL Hair Removal
With shaving, the hair is cut down to the skin and so grows back extremely quickly. Waxing and epilating, while pulling out the hairs, does not affect the roots in any way; they do slow down hair growth due to pulling it out deeper into the skin. IPL is a permanent way as it actually destroys the structure that makes hair grow.
IPL hair removal is uncomfortable, however, due to the intense energy from light and heat. There is a cooling technology that helps to keep patients comfortable but does not take away all of the associated pain.
The cost of IPL hair removal can be high, depending on the amount of hair you want removed. There are six treatments which need to be paid for and prices range between £35 and £400 per session. However, if you are considering removing the hair from your legs, you could in time save the money by not having to buy shaving foam, razors, waxing strips etc.
The Side Effects of IPL Hair Removal
As with any medical procedure there are side effects and there are minor effects when it comes to IPL treatment. The main one is the pain which is experienced during the treatment, due to the high energies of light and heat. You may experience soreness that is similar to mild sunburn and your skin may be pink, again this is due to the heat and every patient is different depending on how your skin is affected by heat. Some patients have also been known to suffer from bruising, however nothing is serious or life threatening; IPL hair removal has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.