L900 Questions & Answers

How do I prepare for treatment?

Clients should avoid tanning one month ahead of the treatment. Immediately after treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for four to five days.

How many treatments are necessary?

Only hair in the growth phase can be treated. The number of hairs in this phase varies from 20 to 90 per cent depending on the body site. The lengths of the growth cycles also vary from two to 24 weeks depending on the body site. For most clients one to eight treatments are sufficient to reduce an area of hair growth. After the first treatment most clients get significant reduction in hair density. New grown hair also tends to become finer.

Is it permanent?

Most authorities would agree that it is possible to permanently reduce hair growth using current laser and IPL technology.

Does it hurt?

As the light energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin the discomfort depends upon the concentration of melanin in the epidermis and the hairs combined. Consequently it hurts more in dark skinned people and those with dense dark hairs. However, the cool gel reduces this discomfort to a minimum.

Do I need to shave prior to the treatment?

Ideally, the hairs should be 1mm to 2mm long when you come in for treatment. Long hairs take up the energy and prevent all of it reaching the hair root. Therefore, the hair is trimmed just before treatment for maximum transmission of energy.

Who can be treated?

Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the high concentration of melanin that gives maximum absorption and conversion into heat. Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced. This treatment will not work on people with red, auburn or white hair.

What are the side effects?

The visible light is completely safe, so no special precautions are needed apart from wearing protective goggles for the brightness generated from the flash lamp. The skin of some clients becomes quite red immediately after treatment and very rarely small blisters, similar to those resulting from excessive sun exposure, can occur. However, most clients experience no side effects at all and the skin reactions described usually disappear within hours to a few days.

Is the treatment licensed?

A license to operate Intense Pulsed Light treatments is required by the Healthcare Inspectorate for Wales (HIW). A copy of this is available for inspection on request. A copy of the most recent Inspectorate s report is also available for inspection on request.

How can you tell if the treatment has worked when the hairs are not removed immediately?

There are various indications — hair colour becoming darker and a red ring appearing around each follicle — often seen a few minutes after treatment.

These are a good indications that sufficient heating of the follicle has taken place. Unfortunately, this is not always seen and many clients have successful treatment results without the post treatment signs.