Laser Hair Removal
Broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin, targeting melanin. This light travels through the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root). The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of melanin is located. As the light is absorbed the bulb and most of the hair shaft are heated, destroying the hair-producing papilla.
At any one time, not all hair follicles are ‘active’, and only active hair follicles can be affected by the treatment. ‘Inactive’ hair follicles can be treated as they become ‘active’ over time. For IPL treatments an average of 6–10 treatments are required to remove most visible hair. No common treatment protocol exist and it depends on the equipment used and skin patient skin type. Commonly the treatment area needs to be clean, shaved and free of sunburn. Treatment sessions are usually 4 to 8 weeks apart.
2-4 weeks before starting laser hair removal be sure to stop plucking or waxing the area and only continue to shave. Be sure to shave the area before your appointment. Avoid sun tanning, tanning beds and spray tans 2 weeks before your appointments.