Medical Aesthetics
IPL Permanent Hair Removal - frequently asked questions
How does Intense Pulsed Light hair removal work?
IPL hair removal works by safely and effectively disabling the hair follicles, therefore preventing re-growth of the hair, without causing any damage to the skin.
Permanent hair removal is perfect for unwanted hair on the face, breasts, abdomen, etc.  It is also a very popular way to end shaving forever, on the legs or bikini area.

How many treatments are required?
To effectively achieve the desired results, and to qualify for the Francesca Permanent Hair Removal Guarantee, five treatments per area are necessary. Why? At any given time, only about one-third of the hair follicles are in the growth stage that responds well to the IPL, so at least five treatments are essential for permanent results.

How does the La Pella Permanent Hair Removal Guarantee work?
Francesca Medical Aesthetics guarantees that if, within one year of your last treatment, you experience re-growth of hair in the treated area you may make an appointment to receive additional laser treatments to the treated area, free of charge. This guarantee is available to all Francesca Medical Aesthetics patients who have completed and have paid for the full course of five (5) IPL hair removal treatments, and who have followed the recommended time interval between treatments.

What happens during the treatment?
During treatment, we will mark the area to be treated and apply a local anesthetic cream.  Next, a cooled gel is applied and then we proceed to treat the skin with the IPL. The hand-piece feels cool to the touch, and is followed by a pulsating light. The sensation varies among clients, but is often described as a mild snapping sensation.

How long do treatments take?
An upper lip and chin can take as little as five to ten minutes. Underarms or bikini areas usually take 15 to 20 minutes. Legs and back take longer. Follow-up treatments are often shorter because there is much less hair to treat.

What happens after treatment?
The area is cleansed and you may return to your normal activities immediately. We will recommend the use of La Pella after-laser skin products and sunscreen in any areas exposed to the sun.

How does Laser Hair Removal compare to electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each hair follicle and sending an electrical charge down that follicle one at a time. Not only is it time-consuming, but it may take years of regular treatments to get rid of unwanted hair. Compare that to the effective results you obtain in just minutes with our Intense Pulsed Light treatments, and the solution is simple.