Lip + Chin
Back + Shoulders
Chest + Stomach
Fingers + Hands
Brazilian + Underarms
½ Leg, Brazilian + Underarms
Full leg, Brazilian + Underarms
Feet + Toes
before your ipl treatment...
ONE day prior to your treatment, neatly remove all the hair in the area to be treated by shaving, trying not to nick the skin in the process. The IPL energy needs to be able to travel all the way down the hair shaft towards the root to fully destroy the hair follicle. Any remaining surface hair will attract the IPL energy away from the root making it more uncomfortable and less effective.
Do not depilate with waxing, tweezing or threading before your treatment.
Do not use bleaching creams.
Avoid exfoliating, microdermabrasion or peels for 1 week prior to treatment.
Keep the area to be treated clean and dry.
Protect your skin from sun exposure with suitable clothing and the uise of sun screen SPF 30+ before your treatment
Remove ALL self tan lotions, gels or spray before your IPL treatment.
on the day of your ipl treatment...
Avoid wearing dark/black underwear for underarm for bikini treatments.
Avoid very hot baths, showers, steam baths and saunas.
after your ipl treatment...
Some people may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours.
Bathe or shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Cool showers or baths will offer relief.
Avoid excessive scrubbing with scrub brushes or loofah sponges and use of exfoliants (glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, astringents, perfumes, deodorants and after-shaves) for at least 7-10 days after treatment.
Avoid sun exposure to treated areas, as well as the use of sun tanning beds and self-tanning creams.
Keep the area moisturised. You may use your normal moisturiser or one recommended by your beauty therapist. Use Aloe Vera gel if very red and/or swollen. Use a light moisturiser only, no AHA's. If you experience intense itching 2-4 days after treatment, applications of ice and/or hydrocortisone cream will help.
Use a SPF 30+ sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable. Sun avoidance will decrease the likelihood of skin colour changes.
It is important to be aware that your hair will shed for up to one month after your treatment. The hair will appear to be growing but will easily be removed by hand. You may use a loofah regularly to encourage this shedding.
Hairs that were in the resting phase at the time of treatment may enter the active phase in 1-6 months depending on the body area.
Follow-up treatment may be performed at 4 week intervals or within 2 weeks of new hair growth.
Avoid swimming, hot tubs/Jacuzzis, and excessive exercise for 7 days after treatment or until redness resolves.
If blisters occur, apply antibiotic ointment to the areas 2 times a day until healed.
Often people with oilier skin and deep dense hair may experience pimple-like breakouts. This is normal and will eventually subside.
Women having their full bikini area treated and men having their face and/or next treated may experience quite swelling, redness and pimple-like breakouts. This may take up to 3 weeks to subside.
It is important to note that hair loss will become more noticeable after approximately the third to fifth treatment.
frequently asked questions...
What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin. The selected light waves target chromophores (colour pigments) such as melanin in brown spots and freckles; and such as hemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen. IPL treats all conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface.
What is the difference between IPL and Laser?
Lasers have been used in surgery for years. The IPL is an adaptation of the laser, more suited to the beauty industry. The biggest difference between laser and IPL, as far as treatment is concerned, is the coverage. The laser beam is very narrow, only covering a small spot at a time, while IPL coverage is several times the area, and therefore treatments are much quicker.
Lasers produce light from one specific wavelength, or colour, for a very specific target. The light emitted from the IPL is composed of a spectrum of colours from different wavelengths, enabling selective photo-absorption (light absorption) to different targets. In other words, using the IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.
How does IPL permanent hair reduction work?
Intense Pulsed Light targets the colour pigment (melanin) in the hairs. Dark hairs on fair skin have the best and quickest results. Fair hairs will require extra treatments with lesser results. Caution is required when treating hairs on darker skins; this is explained below and would be discussed more fully during your consultation.
The hair growth cycle: Hairs grow in constant cycles: Firstly hairs are actively growing, then they become dormant (resting), and finally they loosen and shed, only to be replaced by more new, actively growing hairs. Only hair follicles in the active growth stage are disabled by IPL treatments.
Hairs in the dormant stage of the growth cycle normally remain anchored in the follicles for weeks or months, depending on their location, but their follicles and associated hair germination cells are not disabled by IPL treatments. These follicles will be treated in subsequent sessions. This is why you need repeated sessions. Hair growth becomes sparser with each session. All treated hairs should shed within about two weeks.
How often will I need treatments?
Body - once every 4 to 6 weeks,
Face - once every 3 to 4 weeks.
You will need 6 to 12 sessions in total, then maintenance 1 - 3 times a year. Hormonal women - will require more maintenance treatments.
A course of 6 to 12 treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals is usually required to treat hairs at all stages of the natural re-growth cycle; which varies depending on hair type and colour, and the location being treated. Fair hairs will require extra treatments. A maintenance session may be necessary from time to time, due to the development of new hair growth appearing, as our hormonal balance continues to change with age, or due to the influence of stress, illness, disease and drugs i.e; steroids or contraceptive pills. Towards the end of the process, the interval between hair reduction treatments may be extended to 6-8 weeks as the re-growth cycles slow.
What happens at my appointment?
Consultation and Test Patch: Your first appointment will be a comprehensive consultation to answer all your questions and to check that there are no contra-indications to IPL treatments, such as medications which cause photo-sensitivity, and to ascertain the degree of recent sun or UV exposure on the area to be treated. The colour of your skin and the condition to be treated must be assessed, then a calculation is made to determine the appropriate setting. A patch test will be applied and we must wait to see the outcome, up to 48 hours after the test patch. It is very important to be honest about medications and your recent sun or UV exposure. Clients with photo-sensitivity problems may develop some adverse reactions such as blistering or mild burning sensations. Your first test patch flash will be set on a low setting in order to avoid this. The setting may be raised if appropriate.
The treatment area is re-assessed, wiped with a mild antiseptic lotion to remove all traces of oils, etc., and ultrasound gel is then applied. Both the operator and the client will wear glasses to protect their eyes from the bright flashes of light, then treatment may commence. The flash light lamp at the head of the hand piece is held against the client’s skin and the intense light is pulsed at the trigger of a button. The lamp is moved over the skin to cover the entire area. Once the treatment is completed the gel will be wiped off and a cooling gel will be applied, plus sun block where appropriate.
For hair removal; in areas of course hair growth the treatment area is obvious, but sometimes it is not so obvious, so it is therefore appropriate to allow the hairs to grow just a little, so that the operator may clearly see the area needing treatment. This area will then need to be shaved before your IPL treatment begins, because it is imperative that the light is targeted down the hair shaft to the bulb. We don’t want to treat (and heat) hairs on the skin’s surface. Where the treatment area is obvious, you may shave the hair yourself before you arrive for your appointment.
Is it painful?
Some treatments have little or no sensation at all, but for other treatments, clients may feel a slight sting, similar to the flick of a rubber band against your skin. It is certainly not unbearable, and we can always reduce the intensity if you feel the need. Immediately after some treatments you may feel a mild heat for a few minutes, or a couple of hours, but after most treatments you will feel next to nothing at all.
How will I look after the treatment?
Immediate Response: In most cases there is no visible reaction and you would be expected to be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. However, IPL causes heat in the target tissues; therefore it is quite acceptable for the area to be slightly reddened immediately after treatment, but this would normally dissipate within half an hour. It is possible for the skin to appear slightly red for a couple of hours and up to 24 hours. If a reaction is visible after 48 hours it is imperative to contact your IPL operator for further advice. For those people concerned about wearing make-up immediately after treatment; provided there is no adverse reaction, (which is very rare), we can apply a mineral foundation to your face after your sun block. After hair removal treatments it is also common to see a slight swelling at the mouth of each hair follicle, similar to goose bumps. This appearance should disappear within the same frame time as with reddening.
Please note: In darker skinned people, these responses may be delayed for up to 24 hours.
Can Dark Skins Be Treated?
Light produced by laser and by IPL is absorbed by the colour pigment, melanin, which is present in our hair and skin. Caution is required when treating people with dark skins, Asian skins and some other skins which tan very easily. Hyper-pigmentation or blanching of the skin is likely to occur if there is too much melanin present in the skin. It is possible to treat medium to medium/dark skins on a low intensity. The consultation process and a test patch, will determine whether each individual can be treated. Strict guidelines must be adhered to, when treating darker skinned people, using only low levels of intensity at each session, and therefore more treatments will be needed to achieve a result. Skins such as Negroid, Melanesian and some darker Indian skins are not treatable – for both skin rejuvenation and for hair removal. Electrolysis is an option for these people, but it too, must be administered with caution, on a low intensity, due to the possibility of hyperpigmentation or blanching.
Important Before Care:
Sun exposure and tanning: You can NOT be treated if you have had ultra violet (UV) exposure from the sun or sun beds within the past 2 weeks. Therefore prior to your treatments you must cover well with clothing and hats and sun block to prevent extra activity of the melanin cells in your skin. Melanin cells are responsible for tanning. Your tan slowly ‘wears off’ as those cells reach the surface of your skin in the normal skin- shedding activity, known as skin renewal. Fake tans stain the outer skin cells, and this colour will intensify the IPL heat at the surface of the skin, therefore we cannot treat with IPL for at least two to four weeks after a fake tan application.
Waxing, plucking, threading: For hair removal treatments, allow the hair to grow just a little, ( 2 mm is enough) immediately prior to your treatment day. It is advisable to shave between appointments, as waxing or plucking would remove the hairs that we are hoping to target in your next session. ON THE BODY, SHAVING DOES NOT CAUSE FUTURE HAIR GROWTH TO GROW MORE RAPIDLY OR TO BECOME COARSER. Only the actual shaved hairs will become coarser, but they will shed, and new growth will be normal.
Bleach or depilatory creams: These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.
AHA Creams, Glycolic or Salicylic Peels: These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.
Important After Care:
For 24 hours after each IPL treatment:
• No sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds
• Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
• No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams
• No very hot baths or showers – tepid water only
• No heat treatments e.g. sauna
• No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths
• No deodorant – if underarms treated
• No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotions, etc.
Long term After Care:
• Always wear a good sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
• Avoid excessive sun or UV exposure. Cover up and be sun-safe.
• Redness and swelling of the skin are normal. They are harmless effects which usually disappear within half
an hour, but can occasionally be visible for two to thirty hours. Tightening of the skin can sometimes be felt for one or two days. In extreme cases blistering may occur, which heals in a few days. Cooling, healing gel or ice-packs should be applied frequently to alleviate discomfort. Treat this situation as you would for sun burn.
• Scabbing is possible after blistering. It is extremely important NOT to pick scabs off the skin, as they are protecting the underlying skin while it heals itself. If you pick a scab off, the healing process will stop and you could be left with little pock marks.
• If any signs of redness and swelling are still present after 48 hours of treatment, please contact the IPL operator for further advice. If your IPL operator cannot be contacted, a doctor, pharmacist or naturopath should be able to give you appropriate advice. In the mean time, treat as sun burn.
• Blanching or hyper-pigmentation will only occur if strict guidelines regarding settings for the different skin types and colours have not been adhered to; OR if the client has not disclosed all contra-indications, medications or the full extent of their sun or UV exposure during the month prior to treatment. Usually blanching or hyper-pigmented scars will heal and fade over weeks or months, but in extreme cases, especially on darker skins, they could be permanent.