IPL Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal - White Plains, NY and Paramus, NJ*

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Remember the Myth of Sisyphus? Sisyphus was a Greek king who, as punishment for tricking death, was made to push a boulder up a slope all day only to watch it roll back down at day’s end. The next day, he had to do it all over again. For eternity. Sounds kind of like getting rid of unwanted hair, doesn’t it? You shave, tweeze, pluck, wax, and use harsh hair removers to get rid of the hair. Then a few weeks later it’s back and you start over. IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal with Aydin Center for Plastic Surgery and Skin Care can end this Sisyphean struggle with long-lasting hair follicle reduction. IPL hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. During the treatment at Aydin Center for Plastic Surgery and Skin Care in  Paramus, NJ, light will be directed into the hair follicles of the area where hair is to be removed. Pigment in the hair root absorbs the light and the heat destroys the root and the surrounding follicle, preventing future hair production. The most popular locations for IPL hair removal are the face, legs, arms, underarms, back, and bikini line.

IPL hair removal gives patients long lasting results  after six to twelve sessions.

Treatment Technique

During IPL hair removal, it is common for multiple treatments to be done to ensure that the hair follicles are completely destroyed. At any given time, a certain number of hairs are in a resting phase, rather than a growth phase. Because the IPL treatment is not effective on the hair follicles that are not actively growing, multiple sessions are needed. On average, it takes about 3 to 5 treatments to permanently disable new hair growth. These sessions are spaced between 3 or 4 weeks to make sure the area has already recovered from the previous session. During the procedure, the skin is stretched slightly so that the laser can precisely target the hair follicle roots. When this happens, the follicle absorbs the heat and ultimately falls off and ends the growth cycle.

During/After Treatment

Two things are important when getting ready to have IPL hair removal. First, you must not pluck, wax, or remove your unwanted hair by the roots for six weeks before your procedure. Why? The laser targets the hair root in the hair follicle. So, if you remove the hair all the way down to the root, the laser can’t target it. Shaving is OK, as it doesn’t remove the root. Second, you don’t want to tan your skin for six weeks before your treatment. Again, the light targets the dark hair root, so the better the contrast between your skin and the root color the more accurate the light can be.

Because of the vacuum, patients will feel slight pressure on the area that is being treated. The IPL can slightly sting, but cool temperatures will be applied between pulses to help with the patient’s discomfort. The application of cold blast also minimizes side effects high temperatures may cause. Sessions may last from 15 minutes up to an hour for larger areas, such as the back. Although patients can resume normal activity after treatment, the treated area will look and feel similar to a sunburn. Patients should avoid exercise for about 24 hours to allow the skin to calm, and sun exposure should be avoided during treatment.

IPL Hair Removal FAQs

Best Candidate?

Individuals with light skin and dark hair generally are the best candidates for IPL hair removal. That being said,  the Palomar Icon is the only FDA approved IPL system for individuals with darker skin tones. Since the light has to “find” the hair and effectively treat it, it has be able to “see” it. Therefore, those with light skin and very light blonde hair may not be the best candidates for this procedure.

How Many Sessions?

To achieve the best results a series of appointments are necessary. This is because hair grows in three cycles, along with a transitional cycle. To be most effective, the hair should be in the anagen (growth) cycle. But each hair is in a different cycle at any one time, hence the need for repeat treatments to catch all the hair that you want to remove in the anagen cycle.

How Long Is Recovery?

There is no downtime following IPL hair removal and patients can usually resume their normal routine. There will be tingling and slight redness on the treated area that subsides after a few hours. After your IPL hair removal session, treated areas will look and feel as if they were sunburned. Lotion is all that is usually needed. Over the course of the next month, the treated hairs will fall out and new hair will not be able to grow out of these follicles. Sun exposure must be limited several weeks before and after treatment.

Long-Lasting Results?

For good candidates who have laser hair removal by a licensed, certified practitioner, the treated hair follicles in the growing phase should be unable to produce more hair. However, with a single treatment, not all follicles are treated and those that survive normally will still grow hair. This is the reason why follow-up treatments are required to treat more hair follicles for better results.

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