Are you worried about the interruption to your permanent hair reduction course ?
We know how disappointing and frustrating it can be to be in the middle of an IPL course of treatments and then going into lockdown.
Rest assured, each treatment you have had will have successfully killed hair follicles, so no previous sessions would have been wasted, we will just pick up where we left off before lockdown.
The good news is: the hairs that were destroyed in previous treatments are gone forever!
But why do we advise sessions 4-6 weeks apart ?
The boring bit – Understanding the hair growth cycle will help answer this
IPL treatment only destroy hairs that are in the early stage of growth, known as anagen. This is when the hair is visible above the skin and the hair shaft is firmly attached to the follicle. Individual hairs on your body are always at different stages on their growth process.
When our laser zaps the hair in the anagen phase, it will never regrow. Having 6-8 sessions, 4-6 weeks apart (depending on the area), will ensure that we will be able to target the most amount of hair follicles in their optimum growth phase.
When your treatments are spaced outside this period because of the lockdown, ‘Permanent hair reduction’ will continue to give you the desired results, It will just take a little longer.
Treatment results are individual. Differences in hormones imbalances and genetics will affect the results you get. These clients may need additional sessions as usual.
Once your treatment restarts you will see further results quickly, so you don’t need to be worried about progress due to the pause in treatments.
What can I do in the meantime ?
You should still shave and exfoliate regularly so there is no need to worry nor think you need to let your hair fully grow out. For laser hair removal to work, the hair has to be present in the follicle. This is why you should shave to only remove surface hair, keeping the hair in the follicle.
Contrary to what some believe, shaving does not cause hair to grow stronger. Rather, it just leaves a sharp end on the cut hairs as they re-grow, causing the stubby sensation.
Aftercare is still really important so make sure you continue to use the products you have been advised to use. In particular, continue to apply SPF to any exposed areas that have been treated to avoid sun damage.