IPL stands for intense pulsed light and uses a wide spectrum of light wavelengths to reduce hair growth. Laser hair removal uses a concentrated single beam of light on one wavelength, which targets hair follicles specifically. Laser technology usually requires fewer treatment sessions than IPL to achieve reduced hair growth, but the flip side of that is laser hair removal treatments may be slightly more painful than IPL hair removal.
After four to six sessions, you can expect to see a 70 to 80 percent reduction in hair. However, it may take 10 or more for a totally hairless result. Yearly maintenance treatments are also recommended.
Laser hair removal costs $185 on average, but this could include anything from underarms to the full bod. Check prices for the specific treatment areas you'd like to be hair free.
Laser hair appointments take 30 minutes on average.
Basically, laser hair removal can permanently reduce hair growth or even stop it entirely. If you're keen to say goodbye to waxing and shaving on the regular, laser is your best option.
Your treatment area might be a bit red, so you'll want to avoid any tight clothing and apply ice to any swollen areas. You should also avoid exercise, sun exposure and hot showers for 24 hours at least - heating the skin can lead to an increased risk of infection.
Beforehand, you'll need to stay out of the sun, avoid moisturisers and fake tans. If you usually wax, you'll need to stop this a month or so before you want to get laser. Instead, shave the area around 12 hours before your appointment.
This depends on your pain threshold. However, what is to be expected is a slight sting, kind of like a rubber band snapping against the skin. This is combated with a cooling mechanism that's built within the machine, so any pain experienced is manageable for most. Tell your technician if it's too much, and they can adjust the settings for you.
This varies according to how quickly your hair grows, but you can expect to go in every four to six weeks.