IPL hair removal or Intense Pulse Light Treatment is the latest thing to hit the hair removal market. A lot of us are much more comfortable in our skin without the body hair. Though having body hair is widely accepted, a lot of people still decide to go for something which gets rids of hair once and for all.
If we look at the hair removal industry, there are hundreds and thousands of ways you can get rid of body hair. Starting from something like shaving, to waxing and epilating. The similarity between these three methods is that the body hair will grow back albeit after a span of time. In laser induced hair removal techniques, the hair is removed permanently, but depending on the structure of your hair, it might take you several sittings. And also, these might be a little painful. But if you are looking for a permanent fix, only IPL laser hair removal or laser hair removal will work the best.
Now, let’s learn more about this newest technology/technique: IPL hair removal or Intense Pulse Light hair Removal.
How Does IPL Hair Removal Work?
Most of us think that laser hair removal and IPL technique are the same; however, besides the basic system of using lasers, the rest of the technique is not that same.
In any laser treatment, there is just one specific wavelength that is emitted from the diode depending on what you’re targeting. In the case of IPL, there are multiple wavelengths (all of which fall between 500 and 1,200 nanometers) and these wavelengths scatter within the skin.
In IPL too, wavelength are emitted to target the skin but in this case instead of destroying the hair follicle (as it is done in a conventional laser treatment) the skin pigment is targeted. The light absorbed by the hair pigment turns to heat which will kill all the growing cells. These cells are responsible for the growth of the hair.
Is IPL Hair Removal Safe?
Just like any laser hair removal technique, IPL hair removal is a pretty safe procedure too. In fact, there are no known side effects and it in fact works much better on fairer skin with darker hair. The most important part of getting an IPL is to get it done from a licensed skin clinic or done by an expert. There can be blisters, burns or even scars if a trained professional does not do it. A lot of the safety of the IPL procedure depends on who does it for you.
Is IPL Hair Removal For Me?
The primary requirement for you to go for IPL hair removal instead of laser hair removal is the color of your skin. As we mentioned earlier, people who have fairer skin should get this treatment. Also, you should never get an IPL done if you are tanned. There is a chance that you will burn your skin even more when you do an IPL. A trained professional will only get an IPL done on you if it is past four weeks after any kind of skin exposure. IPL on tanned skin can cause burns, blisters and sometimes even scarring.
If you are expecting or are breast feeding, even then IPL is not advised for you. Sometimes several medicines that are prescribed to an expectant mother might end up reacting with the laser and also create several complications.
IPL hair removal is a safe and effective procedure, if and only if you get it done via trained professionals. The important point is to get a patch test done before doing it for your entire body. This will at least give you an idea whether the procedure will suit you or not.
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