IPL: Frequently Asked Questions

IPL available at Sharkra.

The Sharkra team have been successfully treating clients with IPL technology for over 10 years.

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  1. What is IPL?
    Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin.The selected light waves target colour pigments in hair, skin (freckles, age spots) and diffused/broken blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and collagen fibres to rejuvenate the skin. IPL treats all of these conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface. All coloured hair (except for white hair) can be treated.
     
  2. What is the difference between IPL and Laser?
    IPL is an adaptation of laser more suited to the medi spa industry.  The key difference between laser and IPL (as far as providing treatment is concerned) is the treatment area coverage. A laser beam is very narrow and can only treat a small spot at a time; whilst IPL coverage is several times greater and therefore treatments are much quicker. 
     
  3. How often will I need treatments for hair removal?
    A course of 8 treatments (4-6 weeks apart) is usually required to treat hair at all stages of the hair growth cycle. Treatment schedules may vary due to hair type/colour and the area being treated. A maintenance session may be necessary from time to time due to the development of new hair growth (as our hormonal balance changes with age, the influence of stress, illness, disease and medications i.e; steroids or contraceptive pills).
     
  4. Is IPL painful?
    Some treatments have little or no sensation, whilst others may feel like a slight sting (similar to the flick of a rubber band on the skin). The area being treated and the densitiy of hair/lesions will determine the sensation experienced. It is certainly not unbearable, and the intensity will be adjusted during each treatement to ensure your comfort and safety. Some clients will feel a mild heat for a few minutes or a couple of hours after treatment, however most clients feel nothing at all after treatment. 
     
  5. How will I look after the treatment?
    In most cases there is no visible response and you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment (eg, return to work).  IPL causes heat in the target tissues and so it is normal for the treatment area to be slightly reddened immediately afterwards (with redness usually dissipating within 30 mins - 24 hours).

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