IPL Permanent Hair Removal

IPL permanent hair removal treatments free you from the daily chore of shaving, plucking out ingrown hairs and waxing – leaving your skin silky smooth and hair free for many years to come. Permanent hair removal is achievable in as little as 6 to 9 treatments and is safe to use on all skin types (excluding skin type IV) all hair types and most hair colours. The only colours that do not generally respond to IPL hair removal treatments are grey and red.

We are able to successfully treat most areas of the face and body resulting in  complete hair removal in a little as 6 sessions. Discounts are offered for courses of 6 or 9 sessions. 

What is IPL?

Intense pulsed light ( IPL ) uses specific wavelengths of light in order to destroy the hair follicles. A related but distinct technique is LASER hair removal, the primary difference is that LASER treatment uses laser-generated coherent and monochromatic light. We offer IPL hair removal as we find that the results are quicker, less painful, much more effective and you will generally require far less treatments.

IPL treatments provide a broad-spectrum light that is applied to the surface of the skin by way of a hand-held wand; this light travels through the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root) of the hair. The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of pigment is located as opposed to the rest of the hair shaft. As the light is converted to heat energy, the hair bulb is instantly vaporized. IPL treatments are not generally painful and there is no down time after each treatment. You may feel a slight tingling feeling during the treatment and for a short while after. This is considered a normal reaction.

How much does IPL treatment cost?

Prices start from £35 for a single treatment according to the area being treated. Discounts are given for 2 or more areas with a course or 6 or more treatments. This treatment qualifies for our Payment Plan.

What can I expect from this treatment?

Before your first treatment you will be given a full in depth consultation to assess your suitability for the treatment. We will view the area(s) to be treated and provide you with an estimate as to the number of treatments you will require and the total cost. There are no hidden extras and no creams or lotions that you must buy. Once you decide to go ahead with your treatments a patch test will be performed. This is provided free of charge when purchasing a full course of 6 or more treatments. If you choose to pay as you receive your treatment, a fee of £35 is payable at the time of your patch test.

How many treatments will I need?

We regularly update our IPL technology ensuring that treatment sessions are kept to a minimum and results are always achieved. On average you can expect to receive 6 to 9 treatments for complete and permanent hair removal.

Will the hair ever grow back in the areas treated?

IPL works by destroying the hair follicle during its active growing phase. Once the hair follicle has been destroyed it cannot produce any more hair so no further hair will grow back. There may sometimes be a few hair follicles which have only been “stunned” by the light so they would need to further treatments. Follicles that are not in the active growing phase cannot respond to the treatment. During a course of between 6 to 9 treatments it is expected that most, if not all of the active follicles will be destroyed.

Is there anything I cannot do between treatments?

You cannot remove the hair from the follicle while you are receiving IPL treatments. This includes  waxing and plucking the area being treated as it will remove the hair root and this is what we are trying to target and destroy. You are also not able to apply hair removal or bleaching creams whilst receiving your IPL treatment as these creams and bleaches damage the surface of the skin and it is likely that the area will become inflamed, sore or in the worse case scenario become pigmented. Hair removal creams contain chemicals that simply melt the hair visible on the surface of the skin, causing irritation and inflammation.  You can shave as often as you wish. We strongly advise the use of a physical SPF with a minimum protection of 40 to facial areas and other areas exposed to UVA and UVB light during and for 6 months after receiving IPL treatments. We recommend AlumierMD Sunscreen products to ensure complete physical protection. This can be purchased online at www.alumiermd.co.uk/join  Please enter our unique code to gain access: EEECD1F5

IPL Treatment vs Electrolysis

Understanding the difference between IPL and electrolysis treatments for permanent hair removal is important in helping you make the right choice that suits you. IPL has multiple wavelengths ( between 500 and 1,200 nanometers) that scatter within the skin upon contact. As with all light based treatments, IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets the pigment located in the bulb of the hair. These wavelengths are based on the optimal level for absorption by the pigmentation in the bulb. At the same time this helps in minimising skin damage as it uses greater energies at the most advantageous levels. IPL is also considered a safe method that can be used on patients with darker skin tones. IPL starts to become effective from the initial treatment and within a period of 6 to 9 months most if not all of the hair will be permanently  eliminated. Electrolysis is administered with a fine needle and treats a single hair at a time and generally take many years for the hairs in the treated area to be eliminated.  It also damages the skin’s’ surface and this can be seen with the appearance of an “orange peel” texture.  We do not offer electrolysis for these reasons.

Still have questions? Consultations are offered free of charge. Call now to book your appointment.

Did you know
You can now purchase a course of 9 IPL treatments + 3 FREE OF CHARGE* for the area of your choice and spread the cost over 6 months with our interest free payment plan. Call now for more details 01376 56060