IPL of Hair Removal | Pre/Post Treatment Care

IPL Hair Removal

Pre-Treatment Care (Hair Removal)

  • Do not wax, pluck, use depilatory creams or undertake electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment, and in between treatments.
  • Do not use prescription strength exfoliant creams (Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy) for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Please shave the night before all subsequent treatments.
  • Avoid tanning, including self-tanning lotions, tanning bed/booths or sun exposure, for 4 weeks prior to and in between treatments. Sunscreen should be worn at all times.
  • Increased photosensitivity from IPL can occur when taking certain medications. If you are taking the following medications, you must advise your clinician:
  • Antibiotics - doxycycline (acne), minocycline, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides
  • Antihistamines - Diphenhydramone, Cyproheptadine
  • Antidepressants
  • HerbalĀ supplements (St. John's Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Citrus Oils, Herbal HRT therapies. (Taking these medications does not exclude you from IPL treatments: however, extra precautions are applicable in these cases.)

Post-Treatment Care (Hair Removal)

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is anticipated. This usually resolves within 2-3 hours of treatment but may persist for up to 2 days.
  • Application of chilled aloe-vera gel or an ice pack every hour for 5 to 10 minutes may be soothing to the skin. Continue until symptoms subside.
  • Avoid sun exposure to treated areas. Apply a sun block with SPF 30 or greater daily to sun-exposed treated areas between treatments and for 4-6 weeks after last treatment.
  • Shower as usual, treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Avoid use of strongly scented lotions or soaps, exfoliants, loofahs, and aggressive scrubbing to treated areas during healing phase.
  • Appearance of "stubble" may appear in 1 to 4 weeks. This is not hair re-growth. Allow this hair to fall out of the skin on its own.
  • Do not pluck or tweeze, you may shave during this period.
  • For best results, a follow up treatment is recommended after hair starts to regrow.