IPL Permanent Hair Reduction
How does it work? To achieve long lasting or permanent hair removal, it is necessary to destroy the hair follicle from which individual hairs grow. Well controlled pulses of light penetrate the upper skin layer and are absorbed by one of the body’s own natural chemicals – melanin – in the hair contained in the follicle. Melanin converts the light energy into heat. This heat is transferred to the hair follicle, which is destroyed, making it unable to produce a new hair. The treatment is only effective on growing hairs as these are still attached to the follicle. The majority of our hair is in the resting phase which explains why more than one treatment is necessary.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Hair grows in three different cycles and the permanent hair removal can only successfully treat hair during its growth stage.
Hair growth is cyclical, as hair follicles go through resting and growing phases. Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and are destroyed by the heat. Resting hair follicles need to enter the growth phase before they can be effectively destroyed by the AW3 treatment. That’s why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been through the growth phase. The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body site, hair density, thickness, ethnic origin, hormonal status and age. Clinical studies have confirmed that at least 3-8 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 4-6 weeks.
Does it hurt?
Skin type is a fundamental affecting factor in this treatment due to the high level of pigment in the skin. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar as a hot flash of light onto the skin.
*Please note the use of sunbeds and sunbathing is not allowed 30 days before, during or 30 days after treatment.