If you are a man or a woman who is tired of wasting time shaving, waxing or tweezing, it’s time to consider IPL hair removal. Dr. Soler offers this procedure to patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding communities.
How does IPL hair removal work?
IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a form of light therapy, used for various procedures including hair removal. This treatment can be performed on almost any part of the body where hair grows. IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which targets pigment. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat, which then destroys the growing cells that make the hair. IPL is recommended for those with fair skin and dark hair.
What are the benefits of IPL hair removal?
IPL therapy is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, so there is little to no downtime following the procedure. It is unlikely to damage the top layers of the skin because it uses several wavelengths of enhanced energy to treat the skin, unlike other laser treatments that normally use an intense all-at-once light, causing more side effects. Additionally, one session of IPL hair removal can be completed within a short amount of time. The duration is usually only 30 to 40 minutes a session, making it convenient for most individuals to have it performed during their lunch break. Most people are able to return to work immediately after the procedure. IPL hair removal is generally less expensive than laser hair removal.
How to prepare for IPL hair removal?
One of the most important things to do before IPL hair removal is shave. If you do not shave, we cannot treat the area, and shaving one to two days before your procedure is ideal. The area should be clear of hair, but do avoid waxing or tweezing before the procedure, as that could lead to skin irritation. Other preparations include avoiding sun exposure, tanning lotion or spray, and any indoor tanning beds.
Is IPL hair removal painful?
The amount of pain or discomfort experienced with IPL hair removal will vary with the individual, depending on personal pain thresholds, skin type and how sensitive the area being treated is. Generally, the feeling is described as a discomfort rather than a pain. This discomfort has been commonly described as a stinging sensation, compared to that of an elastic band hitting the skin, followed by a sensation of heat. It is not unusual for an aesthetic cream to be used to numb any pain if it is a sensitive area that is being treated. The use of coolants and cooling gels can also help relieve the discomfort caused by the heat of the light.
What should I expect after IPL hair removal?
Following the procedure, the treated area may feel a little sore or sunburnt, but this feeling should subside after a day or two. It is common to “shed” hair after the treatment for up to two weeks. For your IPL hair removal treatment to yield the best results, 6 to 12 treatment sessions are necessary. Dr. Soler will inform you of the amount of sessions necessary to accomplish your goals and the amount of time needed between sessions.
What is the cost of IPL hair removal?
IPL hair removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance, so you are responsible for the payments. The good news is that IPL hair removal is generally less expensive than laser hair removal. Dr. Pedro Soler offers a variety of non-invasive skin care procedures to rejuvenate your appearance. These options can range in price due to your specific needs and desired outcome. It is important to discuss your goals with Dr. Soler and he will help guide you through the best options for you. Dr. Soler will address your specific suitability and answer any questions you may have during your consultation at his Tampa office.
Additional IPL treatments
IPL treatments can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including vascular lesions on the face and neck and pigmented lesions of the face, neck and body. IPL treatments can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks and melasma. Dr. Soler utilizes IPL treatments for the following skin concerns:
- Vascular lesions of the face and neck
- Pigmented lesions of the face, neck and body
- Skin resurfacing
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Stretch marks
Schedule your IPL hair removal appointment today
Throw out your razor and contact us for a solution to your pesky shaving and waxing rituals. Dr. Soler, a board certified plastic surgeon, will take the time to discuss your expectations and address any questions or concerns. Our office serves all of Southwest Florida, including the St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas, and is conveniently located just outside downtown Tampa.