IPL or, intense pulsed light, targets the melanin in hair in contrast to the melanin in skin, much like laser hair removal. IPL utilizes high-energy light to achieve long-term hair reduction. By applying gentle pulses of light to heat the hair follicle, in a series of sessions IPL will progressively reduce the re-growth of hair.
About the Procedure
During an IPL treatment, a hand-held device delivers a visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light, generally in the visible spectral range of 400 to 1200 nm. This light targets the difference in melanin from the hair shaft and the skin complexion, making IPL an ideal treatment for individuals with a high contrast in hair and skin color. As the light is absorbed, the bulb and most of the hair shaft is heated, which causes the hair-producing papilla to be destroyed. Number and duration of IPL treatments for hair removal will vary based on the individual and size of the area being treated. IPL shares some similarities with laser hair removal treatments in that they both use light to heat and destroy components of the unwanted hair. IPL is not able to heat the hair as much as laser energy and will typically take more treatments than laser to produce similar results. Since IPL produces a variety of light wavelengths, the strength of IPL is more diffused and less powerful than laser energy. However, if waxing isn’t providing you with long enough results and electrolysis is too expensive, IPL treatments may be right for you.
Commonly Treated Concerns
IPL for Unwanted Hair adresses concerns such as:
• Unwanted Hair
Typical Cost Range
$500 – $2100
The ideal candidate for IPL has unwanted hair on their face and body, and has a light complexion with darker hair color.