IPL is generally safer and less expensive than laser treatment. Using the same wave lengths of light as laser, IPL targets the pigment in the hair root. Unlike laser however this is not one amplified beam of light but a multitude of wave lengths delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) leaving the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched.
Redness may occur for 10 minutes to two hours after a treatment. Other side effects involve hypo or hyper pigmentation which, in most cases, temporarily might make the skin lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Sometimes an individual may temporarily experience a sun-burned sensation. In some cases, blistering or scarring could occur.
Although electrolysis is always permanent, especially on the chin, upper lip or neck and all types of hair and skin shades, can be treated, IPL has advantages in that it can treat a large number of hairs in a given area in a short time. IPL is far more comfortable than electrolysis treatments and laser. A patient needs to come only once every 2 – 8 weeks for a five to 15-minute treatment. The cost, when divided over the weeks can be less expensive than electrolysis and far less expensive than laser. Electrolysis requires 15 minutes to three-quarters of an hour every week for about one year; IPL requires minimal maintenance after a successful series of treatments. When all the facts are considered, IPL becomes the treatment of choice for many.
The most common areas are chin, upper lip and neck, followed by the bikini line, abdomen and underarms. More and more people are seeking IPL due to its quick treatment of large areas, such as women’s arms and legs, and men’s full backs, chest and shoulders. All areas can be treated!
Although treatments are not painful, a sudden startling flash of heat is experienced during each pulse of energy. It might be described as a snapping sensation. After treatment there is little or no down time.