IPL Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal in Olney, Maryland
Over the course of the summer, women and men must dedicate additional time to shaving, waxing, or epilating body and facial hair. These methods of hair removal can cause pain, irritation, and very temporary relief from growth.
Fortunately, IPL is a gentle and effective way that patients can permanently reduce hair with minimal discomfort and zero downtime.
So, is IPL hair removal right for you? Here’s what you need to know about this tried and true procedure that can zap hair away.
What Is IPL Laser Hair Removal?
IPL, also known as intense pulsed light, emits bursts of light to weaken and reduce unwanted hair on the underarms, bikini, legs, arms, back, chest, and face.
Unlike a diode, YAG, or alexandrite laser, IPL targets melanin in hair follicles with hundreds of wavelengths. This feature makes IPL a more suitable treatment for different skin types and tones.
However, patients with red, gray, white, or blonde body hair are not good candidates for this procedure because they lack melanin in their follicles.
Does IPL Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
IPL hair removal is quick and usually well-tolerated by most individuals. It may feel like a rubber band snapping against the skin or a sensation of warmth.
Ice, cold air, or topical anesthetic can be used to improve patients comfort.
How Should Patients Prepare for Treatment?
Patients should shave the area the day of or the day before their appointment.
It’s also important to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds or creams, as recently tanned skin cannot be treated.
How Effective Is This Procedure in Eliminating Unwanted Hair?
After a series of six-to-eight treatments spaced six-to-eight weeks apart, patients can expect a 60-90 percent reduction in hair growth. The effects are most evident in areas with coarse, dense, and dark hair.
How Soon Can Results From IPL Laser Hair Removal Be Noted?
Within 14-21 days of their first treatment, many patients note a decrease in hair thickness, amount, and rate of regrowth.
For additional information about IPL laser hair removal in Olney, MD, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.