How long does it take for IPL to become permanent?

Once you undergo IPL treatment, you should know that your hair will not disappear immediately afterwards. While this treatment destroys the hair follicle, the hair shaft still needs to be detached. This process usually takes about two weeks. Once the final hair falls out, another one will never grow back.

It is important to note that full hair removal is very unlikely in a single treatment. Usually, most customers require about six treatments, however, this depends on hair color, hair thickness and skin color. IPL targets hair in the active growth phase and you should expect hair reduction of around 10 to 25 percent per treatment. IPL works by transmitting energy through the skin and energy is absorbed by pigments in the hair shaft and transmitted to the follicle.

What this means is that IPL targets the pigment. We found that IPL is most effective in customers with dark hair and fair skin. This is one of the reasons why we recommend doing IPL treatments in the winter months, when hair is less likely to fade in the sun and the skin is less likely to tan. IPL takes about 6 sessions to remove 70% of the hair permanently.

In addition, the way IPL works by killing the follicle means that in overgrown hairs it will no longer be a problem. It is not necessary to allow hair to grow before treatment, as it is necessary to shave (DO NOT WAX OR EPILATE) the day or the day before the treatment. IPL results will vary slightly from person to person, but we'll talk about this later. Generally speaking, an IPL hair removal treatment will provide you with long-lasting results.

In fact, most people experience 30-80%, but can achieve up to 90% reduction in hair growth after several continuous sessions. Therefore, it will depend on the consistency of the treatments. When used specifically for hair removal, IPL typically requires six to eight treatments to see complete hair removal in an area. IPL treatments use broad-spectrum light to remove unwanted hair and skin imperfections such as acne, broken blood vessels and other cosmetic problems.

Thereafter, experiments were conducted to measure the effectiveness of IPL for hair removal with the first IPL hair removal system approved for use in the United States in the mid-90s. Therefore, in this way, many consumers claim that IPL hair removal at home is more effective for long-term results than clinical IPL. This makes IPL a gentle and effective treatment for those suffering from rosacea and facial redness, as well as for hair removal. Unfortunately, there is still limited data on the longevity of hair growth reduction when it comes to IPL treatments, so it's hard to know for sure how long the results will last.

Due to the fact that different types of hair on your body go through stages of growth at different rates, not all hair will respond to an IPL treatment simultaneously. Since IPL at home is not as potent as clinical IPL, you will have to hold sessions more often. Shaving and hair removal simply removes hair from the surface of the skin, while IPL treatments use focused light energy to destroy hair in the follicles. The reason you should plan at least five treatments is because each IPL session is based on the progress of the previous session.

IPL hair removal will permanently remove 80-90% of hair, whether you receive treatments in a clinic or at home.

Gracie Szafraniec
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