IPL Treatment


Welcome to Lifestyle Salon The Hague

You’re about to have an intake for your first IPL treatment in our salon. We find it very important that you understand the procedure, the way IPL works and what to expect from the treatment.

Some of our employees find it difficult to give you a proper explanation about IPL in English due to some of the technical terms we use to explain this treatment.
to avoid miscommunication we’ve provide this information sheet. If you have any questions after reading this, please don’t hesitate to ask.


How does IPL Hair Removal Work

IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light and uses a source of broad-spectrum, visible light. This light is specially controlled to remove shorter wavelengths and devised to target specific structures. In hair removal, it is designed to target the melanin pigment. The light energy is absorbed, transferring as heat energy which warms the hair, causing damage to the follicle.


IPL Vs. Laser Hair Removal, What Is The Difference?

IPL and laser hair removal are both long-term procedures for removing/ reducing hair growth. They work in similar ways, and can both be very effective. In addition to preventing hairs from re-growing, both treatment methods can significantly reduce the growth speed of remaining hairs, as well as hair thickness.

Laser and IPL hair removal both work on the same principle. That is that light energy is absorbed by areas of high pigment such as hairs, which are therefore heated up. The heat damages the follicle, slowing hair growth and even preventing it completely. The main difference between IPL and laser hair removal devices is the light source used.


Does the depilation hurt?

One feels it, but it’s generally not experience as pain. Each flash can feel like a small touch to the skin. Of course, some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. But even on the sensitive parts of the body it is not experienced as pain.

How long does the treatment take?

The duration of a treatment depends on the surface to be treated. For example, treatment of the armpits will take about 3 minutes total.

How many treatments are needed to get the desired result?

On average you’ll need 8 to 12 treatments to get the maximum result possible for your skin and hair type. This could be a few treatments more or les depending on you genetic predisposition. Please ask our staff about our super deals for unlimited treatment packages.


How much time should be between treatments?

Between consecutive treatments lies a period ranging from 6 to 12 weeks. Because of the hair growth cycle several treatments are needed to switch off all hair follicles. The time between treatments depends on the place on the body. Sometimes shorter breaks on the face and longer breaks on the legs.


How quickly will you see results?

after the third treatment, some of the treated hairs will be released easily after about 10 to 15 days and some bare spots will appear. Some people seem to have more hairs after a treatment and the growth seems to be faster again. However this only an appearance. It’s caused by the hair growth cycle changing. The hairs that would usually grow in succession now come to the surface at the same time. Often there are two hairs in one hair follicle. This is a good time for a next treatment because multiple hairs can be tackled at the same time.


Will the hair never return?

No, the hair follicles that have been treated effectively can never produce a hair again. You can assume 80 to 90% hair reduction. If you want to become 100% smooth, that may not be realistic. Unfortunately. There are thousands of hair follicles under our skin that sleep or only produce light down. These can be awakened by hormone changes at a late stage in our life. For example in: pregnancy, menopause, use of certain medications (antibiotics, hormone preparations, doping). Disorders in the endocrine system (thyroid gland, adrenal hyperactivity in stress). Or at period of much effort.
It means that you can be rid of unwanted body hairs for years. But that you may have the misfortune that hair will ever grow again, or that the fluffy residual hairs will become thicker again. So it is wise that you return about 1 or 2 times a year for a maintenance service’. However, the hair will never have the same density as before.


When is IPL treatment (temporarily) not possible?

In some cases we are not able to do a safe or effective IPL treatment. Please review the list below and check if any of these apply to you. Sometimes we can’t start the treatment right away, but we can start the treatment in the future.

–       Oncological (skin) diseases

–       Hart attack less then six months ago

–       Pacemaker

–       Internal defibrillator

–       Antibiotic treatment (less than 1 week ago)

–       not well-adjusted epilepsy

–       Pregnancy and / or breastfeeding stopped less than 2 months ago

–       Vitiligo/melasma

–       Skin disease or eczema

–       Too dark skin type and/ or skin type 6

–       Blonde, gray or  red hairs.


How long after the treatment can I sunbathe and why do I have to wait?

after approximately 2 weeks, the treated surfaces may be exposed to the sun or sunbed again. If the skin is exposed it protects itself from light by producing a lot of pigmentation. This may happen in a blotchy fashion which we call hyperpigmentation. There may also be sun allergies (itchy red bumps). Therefore cover the skin with clothing in summer or winter sports, or use a protection factor higher than 30 (sunblock) if exposure to uv light is unavoidable, such as on your face or arms (provided you have been treated there of course) If you leave your face ipl and we strongly recommend to use a day care with mineral SPF both summer and winter. In the winter and even in the car behind glass the UVAS radiate rays on your skin. We recommend the Image prevention day cream. This is available in our salon. (€46.00 for 86 ml). If you are exposed to the sun and tanned, you should wait two to four weeks before the next treatment. Until your skin color returns to normal. Sun-kissed skin and IPL really do not go together.


Can I use self-tanning creams or sunbed?

You should not use self-tanner one week before the treatment because it contains a substance that reacts with light. A week after the treatment you can use self-tanning or tanning booth again.


Can I be treated with ingrown hairs?

Yes, that is fine. In fact, it’s very good against ingrown hair because an inflammation with a curled hair often pops open during treatment and then becomes calmer.


What should I do with the stubble that remains after the treatment?

These continue to grow for 2 to 3 weeks and fall out automatically. Hair that becomes active from the sleep phase simply shaves off. So that we can take it with you in the next treatment. Always remember to shave 1 day before the treatment. Rather not the same day. Your skin may react sensitively to the alcohol and lightly if you shave the day of the treatment.


Why is hair removal not wise when using some medicines?

Some medicines and herbal preparations make the skin oversensitive to light. please read the package leaflet of your medicines again, or if you have lost it. Look at www.geneesmiddelenrepertorium.nl a hypersensitivity to strong light can occur with the following medications or ointments: acne (ro-accutane) iso-tretoine, vitamin A ointment). Antidepressants St John’s wort (hypericum, brand name for example Kyra). Antibiotics or penicillin. Individually, this directive may be deviated from. Namely if you have been using certain medicines for years and have never observed any hypersensitivity to uv light. So never suffer from sun allergy (itching, bumps after sunlight) and never have close your eyes during normal daylight. In those cases we first do a few test pulses to see how the skin reacts. Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg Prednisone) also do not co-exist with the treatments. Because this inhibit certain cells that just have to become active after the treatment to normalize the skin again.


Do we treat minors?

When you are young, your body is not finished with making hairs. It is probably still planning (depending on your familial predisposition and hormone level) to grow a lot more hair in many more places, and to allow it to become more denser. The depilation (with laser or ipl) can be done, from a medical point of view, once you have reached your expected body length and or have a regular cycle. You must come with one of your parents on your first intake so that legal permission can be given. You can come alone to the follow-up treatments.


What happens if I have a lot of moles on the skin?

Small moles are not a problem. Major moles are worked around during the treatment. We cannot flash over them.


Can I shave, epilate or use a depilatory cream in advance?

During the IPL treatment you may not epilate and/or wax. Because the hairs are necessary to conduct the effective heat inwards. Shaving is allowed and preferably 1 day before the treatment, even with a disposable razor blade. Do not use razor blades or shaving systems that first pull the hair out of the skin before shaving, as the hair then drops back into the skin. As a result, it can not serve as a guide for the light to be depilated.

Can you use deodorant after treating the armpit?

No, wait a few hours because chemicals can be absorbed by the skin through the heat of the skin.