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IPL Permanent Hair Removal

Most adult humans develop body hair and some are hairier than others. There are sometimes medical conditions for this but other times it is just genetic or the way we are.

History is full of different methods of removing body hair such as plucking, waxing, shaving and so forth.

All of these techniques remove the actual hair but do not have any effect on the hair follicle and therefore do not have any influence on further hair growth. In fact, some seem to stimulate the follicles so subsequent hair grows thicker, stronger and faster.

With modern technologies, it is now possible to treat many people's hair using IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). This not only treats the hair itself but also treats the follicle, either destroying it or reducing its effectiveness, giving permanent hair reduction.

As with all technologies and/or medical procedures, although the result can be excellent, there are also warnings and certain people whom it is less effective in.

The purpose of this website is to explain what IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is, how is works on a hair, who is suitable and who is not, what the benefits and risk are, what should be avoided, treatment schedules and patch testing.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), as well as laser, are potentially harmful if used in the wrong hands, or incorrectly. As such, facilities which use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or laser in the UK need to be registered by the Health Care Commission.

At Saks MK, we have a very strong commitment that all of our treatments and therapies should be effective and the personnel performing them should be fully trained and qualified. In this way, we aim to get the best results for our clients.

How IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) works on hair

As above, we saw how IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) generates light energy and transmits it to the skin and skin structures.

Hair is not living. It is a band of protein called keratin.

This protein, keratin, also has a pigment mixed in with it called melanin. Different amounts of melanin in the keratin gives the hair different colours. The more melanin, the darker the hair - the less melanin, the blonder.

The non-living hair is produced by living cells grouped together in a small bulb in the skin called a follicle.

If you remove the hair by plucking, these cells just continue to produce more hair. If you shave, the hair is taken off at the level of the skin but, once again, the cells and the follicle are unaffected.

With IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), the Light energy is absorbed by the melanin pigment which then heats the hair. Before the treatment happens, the hair is clipped so most of the long hair has been removed from outside the skin. This leaves the bulb of the hair in the follicle within the skin.

When the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used, the melanin in this hair bulb absorbs light and gets very hot. As this bulb is surrounded by the cells in the follicle, they are damaged by the heat. Using the correct settings, it is possible to completely destroy these cells so they will not produce any further hair in the future.

Clearly, the darker the hair, the more it will absorb the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and so the more it will heat up and damage the follicles. Very light hair such as very blond hair or grey hair, does not have the colour in it to absorb the light and therefore IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is ineffective in very blond hair or very white or grey hair.

In the past, people have tried to dye the hair to try and make IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) work. Unfortunately, this does not work as the dye does not seep down into the bulb and only dyes the hair on the surface. Research is being done into this area at the moment but it is still a problem for people with these colours of hair.

Clearly, it is also important that the skin does not absorb too much of the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) light energy. Different skin colours are also due to the pigment melanin. Black skins have a lot of melanin, tanned skins have a reasonable amount of melanin, depending on the depth of the tan, and very white skins have virtually no melanin at all. As we do not want to damage the skin, it is the complete opposite of the hair. We do not want melanin in the skin and therefore the best results are seen in people with very white skins and very dark hair.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) does work in people with darker skins but different settings have to be used to try and protect the skin from being damaged.

Hair does not grow at a set rate. At any one time, some hair follicles are alive and producing hair, whereas others are resting.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) only damages follicles that are growing. As such, one IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment will be effective on the follicles that are actively growing at that time. This varies in different parts of the body but, as a rough percentage, about 60% of the follicles are treated at any one time. It is for this reason that IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments have to be done in courses, allowing the hair follicles that are resting to start growing so they can be treated in the second or third session of the course. By using a course of treatments in this way, almost all of the hair follicles can eventually be treated.

Please note that services are subject to availability and prices are provided as a guide.
Please contact the salon to confirm prices and availability.

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