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Permanent Hair Removal

Intense Pulsed Light

Intense pulsed light can remove unwanted hair faster, more comfortably, and more reliably than other methods. Whether you are a man or woman, young or old, laser hair removal is an alternative to tweezing, shaving, waxing, electrolysis, or chemical depilatories. Depending on your needs, most body areas can be treated with this state-of-the-art technology.

Frequently Asked Questions About Intense Pulsed Light

An ongoing series of informational entries

Am I a Candidate?

February 14, 2018

It cannot always be predicted who will respond to the IPL treatment, or if someone does respond, how long the hair will remain dormant. Not all hair in a treated area may be in anagen phase, so more than one IPL treatment is necessary to remove hair that subsequently enters the growth phase. The desired results vary from person to person.

Even though certain hair follicles in a given area have been treated, age and hormones may cause other hair follicles to start growing. If regrowth of hair occurs, the hair is often thinner and lighter in color.

How does an IPL Work?

March 15, 2018

IPL machines use specialized hand pieces that filter light from different parts of the light spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as hair reduction, sunspot removal, and acne treatment.

The IPL hand piece emits pulses of light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.

How Does Hair Grow?

Age, sex, weight, metabolism, hormones, genetics, ethnicity, medications, the location of hair, and the changing of seasons can all affect hair growth. The growth of hair occurs in three phases.

Phase 1 – Anagen 

The hair's active growth phase is called anagen. This phase lasts up to several years. The majority of hair is in this phase at any given time. During anagen, the hair has an abundance of melanin.

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Phase 2 – Cotagen 

The cotagen or regressive phase lasts about 2 to 4 weeks. In this phase, hair stops growing but is not yet shed. About 3 or 4 percent of body hair is in this phase.

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Phase 3 – Telogen 

The telogen or resting phase is when hair falls out and a new hair begins to form. At least 10 to 15 percent of body hair is in this phase. This phase can last for weeks to months.

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How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments required depends on skin and hair color, density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the specific area that needs to be treated. Since energy is released into darker pigmented areas, IPLs work better for people with light skin and dark hair. Individuals with darker skin require more treatments.

Individuals with red, gray, white and/or blonde hair do not respond as well to IPL treatment since there is no dark pigment in the hair follicles. On average, it takes 5 to 7 treatments scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart to maximize hair removal/reduction.