IPL Hair Removal

We use the most advanced technology for hair removal enabling comfortable treatments on virtually all skin types. Our Skin First Maxi-Plus machine, using laser based technology combining MPL® and radio frequency gives outstanding results on most hair colours (excluding white hair).

The treatment is non-invasive, so there is no recovery period needed after treatment. Normal activities may resume immediately after your hair removal session. White hair can be removed with electrolysis.

How does the hair removal treatment work?
The MPL® energy is directed onto the skin through optical gel which is applied before treatment. The light energy is drawn to the melanin (the colour) within the hair shaft; then the radio frequency energy follows the light, down to the base of the shaft, to deliver extra heat and destroy the hair, preventing the hair from returning.

This process requires the hair to be in the ‘growing stage’ (there are 3 stages of the hair growth cycle as illustrated in the technology section). The MPL® and radio frequency energy sources cauterise the connection between the hair bulb and the dermal papilla, thus stopping all fresh blood supply to the bulb, preventing any new hairs growing.

As there are only a proportion of hairs in the growing stage at any point in time (and the growth cycles are of different lengths on varying parts of the body), a course of treatments is necessary to effectively achieve a permanent removal.

Who can have treatment?
A general rule is that if your hair is darker than your skin. then you could be a candidate; but in some cases we can also treat hair that is not as dark as the skin, provided there is some colour in the hair. We can advise on this at a consultation. The technology we use enables us to treat darker skin types than can be treated with IPL alone, due to the combined technology of MPL® and radio frequency. The hair does need some colour in it for the treatment to work. Blonde, white and grey hair cannot be treated. However very light hair can be treated using electrolysis which is also available at our salon.

What areas are suitable for hair removal?
You can have any area of the face or body treated, where there is unwanted hair. For practical reasons it is not possible to access some areas such as into the inner nasal area (although we can treat around the base).

How does the treatment feel?
The sensation has frequently been described as being like an elastic band flicking against the skin (although most of our clients think it is more comfortable than that). It depends on the sensitivity of the area being treated and the coarseness and density of the hair.

How many treatments will I need?
On average we recommend between six and eight treatments. However some people may need more than this, which can be due to chemical imbalances in the body, or some hairs being in remission when the area was treated. This can be discussed in depth with your skin clinician. Thereafter occasional maintenance treatments are advised.

How long do I have to wait in between treatments?
This depends on the area being treated. Generally we recommend 4-6 weeks in between treatments.

What do I need to do in between treatments?
In between treatments you should refrain from plucking, waxing or threading the hairs in the area to be treated. You can shave the area or use depilatory creams to remove the hair in between treatments.

You must not use sunbeds or gain an ‘active’ tan throughout the course of treatments. You can only be treated 4 weeks before your sun based holiday and 4 weeks after or until the tan has subsided.

You should wear SPF 30+ with UVA and UVB every day during the course of treatments. Avoid using fake tan on the area 10 days prior to treatments; although you can use it 24 hours after the treatment.

You will be given a homecare leaflet at your consultation or after your first treatment, or patch test, to explain what you can and can’t do, other than the main points above. Our consultation and patch tests are free of charge and without obligation. If you would like to arrange one please contact us

What will happen after the treatment?
After the treatment you will have localised redness in the area treated, and the hair follicles may be raised, although these will subside within a few hours of treatment. The hairs will fall out during the next 2 weeks. After this time any regrowth of hair will relate to the hairs which were in the resting or transitional stage.

Pricelist for IPL Hair Removal

To discuss prices for multiple hair removal courses or to book a patch test, please call us on 01584 811566