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IPL Laser FAQ's:

How does an IPL laser hair removal treatment work?
North West Aesthetics are proud to use the Luminette Advanced IPL laser from Lynton, which is a medical grade IPL laser currently used in Dermatology Departments in the NHS.
The IPL laser produces a short burst of light that is fired at the skin's surface.This light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft (melanin), where it heats and destroys the hair whilst sparing the surrounding skin. If the hair is in the growth stage (anagen), the heat is transmitted down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle and to the germ cells lining the follicle shaft therefore causing destruction of the hair follicle.These hairs caught in the growth stage will not tend to regrow following treatment, however, hair follicles which are not actively growing may then produce new hair, requiring further treatments with the IPL Laser.

How many treatment sessions are required with an IPL laser hair removal treatment?
Everyone is different and it is just not possible to be accurate as to how many IPL laser treatments are needed. On average, between 6 and 8 treatments are usually required for hair removal on the face and body.
The exact number of treatments needed will vary depending on where the hair is, what has been done to the hair in the past, and of course your individual response to the treatment. Hormonal conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ("POS"), will also have a significant bearing on how the treatment progresses.

Can all hair colours be treated with an IPL laser hair removal treatment?
IPL laser hair removal works best on dark hair, as dark hair contains more pigment (melanin) to absorb the light. Fair hair can respond well to IPL laser treatment too. However, white hair, very blond hair and some types of red hair will not respond to an IPL laser treatment, and will need to be treated hair-by-hair using an electrolysis technique.

Can all parts of the body be treated with an IPL laser hair removal treatment?
Yes, areas that can be treated with IPL laser hair removal including the chin, upper lip, cheeks, legs, arms, underarms and back, as well as sensitive areas like the ears, nose, chest and bikini line.
Eyebrows can not be treated with IPL laser hair removal as the skin around the eye area is too thin.

Is an IPL laser hair removal treatment permanent?
North West Aesthetics Luminette Advanced IPL laser machine produces permanent hair reduction, although we prefer to call it long lasting.
As with all aesthetic treatment methods, we cannot give any guarantee as the IPL laser treatment will only affect actively growing hair follicles and has no effect on dormant or "resting" hair follicles. Therefore, it is always possible that new hair growth may take place from hair follicles that are not currently growing.
It is also accepted now that some hairs are not destroyed, but convert from a thick dark noticeable hair, to a thin fine blonde unnoticeable hair.

How do IPL laser hair removal treatments compare with other hair removal methods?
Shaving, waxing and creams are only temporary methods of hair removal, as the hair evetually grows back from the living follicle. Light based hair removal (IPL), is the only significant improvement in hair removal in the last 20 years.
Many technologies, including Alexandrite, Lightsheer diode, NdYAG and Intense Pulse Light ("IPL") techniques, now carry the American FDA approval for effective hair removal or technically termed "permanent hair reduction".

Is an IPL laser hair removal treatment painful?
No. Most people experience no more than a slight stinging sensation following an IPL laser hair removal treatment. People with darker skin will feel the treatment more as their skin will absorb more energy. In this case, more attention will be paid to cooling the skin, before, during, and after the treatment to minimise skin reactions.

Are there any side effects with IPL laser hair removal treatments?
As long as the client is not on any medication that is sensitive to light and has not been exposed to the sun or sunbeds within the previous 2 weeks, then there should be no adverse reactions to IPL laser hair removal.

Is an IPL laser hair removal treatment safe?
Yes. IPL laser treatments have been used in medicine for over 30 years, and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of skin cancer.
Extensive clinical trials for IPL laser treatments, have determined that it is a very safe technique with a minimal risk of side effects.

Should anyone avoid an IPL laser hair removal treatment?
The IPL laser hair removal treatment should be avoided by anyone who is:
• Hypersensitive to light
• Suffering from cold sore in the treatment areas
• Suffering from Vitiligo (skin pigment loss)
• Pregnant
A full medical history will be taken prior to any IPL laser hair removal treatment, to exclude any potential interacting medical problems.

How do I prepare myself for an IPL laser hair removal treatment?
IPL laser hair removal treatments target the pigment (melanin) in the hair and skin, and it is therefore important that you do not have a suntan, natural or artificial.
If you do have a tan then you should wait at least 6 weeks after your last UV exposure until there is no activity in the pigment producing cells (melanocytes). If you are plucking, waxing or threading, you should stop 2 weeks prior to an IPL laser hair removal treatment, and change to shaving or cutting the hairs.
The treatment area needs to be shaved the day before the IPL laser hair removal treatment. You should avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area, before and after the IPL laser hair removal treatment. You should avoid alcohol, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatorys such as Ibuprofen for 48 hours before the treatment.

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