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IPL – Intense Pulse Light Permanent Hair Reduction.

Innovative, reliable and safe technique for eliminating unwanted hair from your body.

Permanent hair reduction using Intense Pulsed Light works on the principle of exposing the area where hair reduction is desired to a series of very short pulses of concentrated light. The energy is converted to heat in the hair and base of the hair follicle, which stops the process of hair growth.

How much does it cost?

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Patch Test & Consultation - Redeemable against the cost of your first treatment
Any 1 Very Small Area: Cheekbones, Fingers, Upperlip, Cheek, Glabella, Chin, Nipples, Ear Lobes, Sideburns, Toes
Any 1 Small Area: Abdomen, Feet, Lower Back, Shoulders, Base of Beard, Bikini Line, Chest, Inside Buttocks, Perineum, Buttocks, Hands, Navel, Goatee, Nape, Underarms
Brazillian / Hollywood
Any 1 Medium Area: Half Leg, Half Arm, Full Arm
Any 1 Large Area: Full Leg, Full Thorax (Chest & Abdomen), Full Back
Full Face
Combos: Standard Bikini & Underarm
Combos: Full Leg, Standard Bikini & Underarm
Combos: Full Back & Shoulders
Combos: Full Thorax, Full Back & Shoulders

















*All extended areas incur a surcharge of 15% e.g Extended bikini is £59 + £8 = £67

For information on special offers and courses please see our packages page.

How long does it take?
You should expect to have between 6-8 sessions (body areas) and 10-12 sessions (facial areas) of IPL treatment to gain the desired results for a permanent hair reduction of 80-90%, and any remaining hair would be more brittle, thinner and prone to falling out. (IPL offers a permanent hair reduction the same as Laser, but it is less painful and treats more skin phototypes).

How does it work?
Intense Pulsed Light for permanent hair reduction is a slightly different process from Laser in that the IPL system delivers a broader spectrum of light energy to penetrate the skin to different depths with each burst of light, whereas laser focuses on one specific wavelength: namely red. These shots of light are absorbed by the dark pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle, converted into heat energy and it is this process which damages the root of the hair follicle and prevents it from growing.

By IPL using more strands of light from the light spectrum allows IPL machines to treat more skin phototypes than laser, therefore making the process suitable for a wider audience.

How many sessions will I need?
• On average, for a body zone (this is from the neck downwards) 6-8 sessions of laser or IPL hair removal treatment are needed for a permanent reduction of 80-90% of the hair in the zone concerned.

• If you intend on treating a facial zone: this session amount is increased to 10-12 sessions of laser or IPL hair removal treatment for a permanent reduction of 80-90% of the hair in the zone concerned. The reason for this increase is that a facial zone is much more hormonal than a body zone, there are more hair follicles and facial hair grows far quicker than body hair. As a result more sessions of IPL or Laser are necessary in order to eliminate facial hair.

Clients should be aware that these figures are an average estimation but this can be individual dependent on many influencing factors, including genetics, hair growth and density, medications and many more. Also conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can also considerably increase the session amount needed for treatment, as clients with a condition such as this have increased hair producing hormones present in their body

How often will I need to come back?
Usually sessions are separated with a gap of a few weeks, but again dependant on the zone concerned depends how many weeks this gap is:

• For a Body zone – sessions start with an initial gap of approximately 6 weeks • For a Facial zone – sessions start with an initial gap of approximately 4 weeks

As the session numbers increase, so does the time frame between appointments. So what would at sessions 1 and 2 be a gap of 6 weeks between the treatment (for a body zone) between session 3-4 and 5-6 this gap would extend to 8 weeks.

In between these sessions some of the hair will re-grow as part of the natural hair cycle. Hairs that may have previously been dormant during your previous laser or IPL hair removal session may now be in the growth phase. This is where the need for multiple treatment sessions arises.

Clients should also be aware that in order to maintain a permanent hair reduction of 80-90% of the hair in the treated zone, some maintenance sessions may be required on an annual basis. These sessions are simply top-up sessions from the original course of treatment to ensure that area remains hair free, and again on average this is 1 or 2 sessions annually. Any hair that is also remaining will be more brittle, thinner and in fact more prone to breaking away on its own.


How old do I have to be?
Clients MUST be 18 years of age or older and unfortunately we cannot accept parental consent. This is for the health & safety of our clients and is DepiCool policy. This applies to all recommendations using the Friends Plan: when recommending friends they too need to be 18 years of age or older.


Why do I need a patch test? I’ve had treatments before in another clinic.
Usually sessions are separated with a gap of a few weeks, but again dependant on the zone concerned depends how many weeks this gap is:


How often will I need to come back?
If you have not returned to a DepiCool centre for 6 months+ or you are a new client to DepiCool, even if you have previously had treatment elsewhere in another clinic you will need a new “Patch Test” appointment before undergoing treatment with us.

A Patch test is a mandatory UK legislation in the United Kingdom before undergoing this type of cosmetic treatment. However there are other reasons you would also need to take this test:

Your skin phototype may have altered (i.e your skin is now darker/lighter) which will in turn affect the programme on the IPL machine that you will be treated with.

You may want to change to a new centre within the DepiCool brand, but we do not for reasons of client confidentiality post private & confidential client documents, so you will need a new Patch Test at your new centre in order to re-commence your course of treatment.

Other centres will not share their private & confidential client data with us, so it would make it necessary to have a new patch test before undergoing treatment with us.


Is it permanent?
IPL has been approved by the FDA as a form of Permanent Hair Reduction. This reduction is an 80-90% permanent hair reduction in the zone(s) treated. (This is exactly the same as Laser – both are approved by the FDA as methods of permanent hair reduction)

You should remember that in order to achieve this, you should attend the full course of treatment and adhere to the recommended time frame guidance between each treatment. A permanent hair reduction of 80-90% will also mean that any remaining hair will be much more brittle and prone to breaking away by itself.

You should also remember that once you have completed your course of treatment it may be necessary to attend one/two top up session(s), annually (on average). This is because new hair may grow on the body which was not originally there when you were undergoing your course.


Why do facial areas require more sessions that other areas?
This is because hair on the face is more resistant to treatment than hair on the body. It is also because the face has more hair follicles than the body, which means there is more hair to treat in this zone.

You should also be aware of the effects of hormones in the body, as these can affect the treatment sessions required, or for example the type of hair you are treating: a beard area on a man for example is often more coarse than the hair on a woman's face – so this would mean that the man would need more sessions than the woman as this type of coarse hair is harder to fully remove.


How long does the hair have to be?
Ideally the hair should be 1-2mm in length above the surface of the skin prior to undergoing a session of IPL. This is so that the practitioner can see where the zone starts/finishes and covers it accurately with the treatment head.

In order to leave this 1-2mm gap we recommend shaving the area(s) 1 or 2 days before undergoing the treatment.

NOTE: For a patch test shaving of the area is not necessary as the patch test will be on a different zone of the body to that of where you wish to have treated, so for this initial consultation you can leave the hair as it is. We do recommend that you come with some natural hair growth in the desired zone so that the therapist can clarify pricing with you before the treatment commences.


Can I wax between sessions of IPL?
You must not wax, pluck or epilate the hair between sessions of IPL. This is because in doing so you are removing the root of the hair.

IPL is effective as it heats up and kills the hair root, so if you have removed this root – then there is nothing for the IPL to eliminate and so the treatment will not be effective.

You may shave between sessions of IPL as this method of temporary hair removal will not remove the root of the hair.


Does it treat blonde/white hair?
Unfortunately neither IPL nor Laser are suitable for this type of permanent hair reduction.

Why? IPL and Laser hair removal both work by the same process: this is namely by acting on the dark pigment in the hair known as “melanin”. The melanin absorbs the light and turns it into heat energy, and it is this process which eliminates the hair and prevents the hair from re-growing. If the hair doesn't have any dark pigment (melanin) for example it is grey, greying or indeed blonde or even auburn: then there is no melanin in place for the process to be effective and therefore the process will not work.

Synthetically dying the hair will also have no effect on the effectiveness of the treatment, in fact it is actuallycontraindicated and not something you should do before having an IPL session. Just because the hair appears darker, the melanin is still not contained within the hair follicle itself, and so therefore it will still remain ineffective.

If you are un-sure as to whether or not IPL could work for your particular hair colour, then do not worry! DepiCool offer a free initial consultation and patch test, whereby we run through a thorough health questionnaire and ascertain if the treatment is suitable for you. If this is deemed the case, then 4-5 beams of the Intense Pulsed Light will be administered on the skin in a non-obvious zone (for example the top of the leg). Dependent on your skin phototypeyou will be asked before commencing treatment to wait a desired amount of time, to ensure no adverse reactions occur and indeed that the treatment is safe: in instances of skin phototype 1-3 this is 48 hours and in skin phototypes 4-5 this is 2 weeks.

If you arrive for this consultation and the therapist thinks you are unsuitable for treatment, for example: you have blonde hair, then she would explain this to you at the time, however in most cases we do tend to address this on the telephone with our clients to save you both the time and inconvenience. Yet in some instances clients have what they describe as “mousey” coloured hair, if you feel you fall into this category we would certainly recommend you to attend the free initial consultation and allow the therapist to see the zone concerned.

Clients should always remember that hair changes colour too dependant on the area, in most examples hair in the pubic and underarm regions is often darker and coarser than for example hair on the arms or legs. So for some people IPL is suitable in certain zones but not all zones, again this is something that can be assessed by our therapists during the free initial consultation.

Unfortunately IPL and Laser are both unsuitable for skin phototype 6: this is the darkest of the skin phototypes. The reason for this is that where the treatment works on the dark pigment in the hair, in a darker skin phototype there is too much melanin present in the actual skin: so this could indeed damage the skin itself, rather than delivering an effective permanent hair reduction treatment. For more information about hair removal and darker skin phototypes click here.

In essence: IPL and Laser hair removal work best on lighter skin and darker hair, but if you have any further queries relating to your treatment needs; please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team or call us directly on 020 3397 0084 where we will be only too pleased to assist you!


Can it treat dark or Asian skin?
Unlike the conventional ´laser´ treatment, IPL can treat more of the six skin types shown above. Laser treatment is recommended to treat skin types I –IV (1-4) whereas IPL can treat skin types I – V (1-5).

Unfortunately neither IPL nor laser are suitable methods of hair reduction for skin type VI (6) as both treatments work best on lighter skin and darker hairs, for maximum effects. The reason treatment works better on these skin types is because there is more melanin in the darker hair follicles, and this is where the ´intense pulse light´ is beamed. These hair follicles then absorb this light and turn it into heat, and thus damaging the hair follicle and inhibiting the hair from growing. If the skin phototype is too dark, the light becomes absorbed by the clients' skin rather than the hair, and hence can cause adverse reactions.

We have proven success treating clients with skin types I – V (1-5), both in our Spanish and UK stores. And safety is our number one priority; this is why each client in our UK stores is offered a FREE patch test. This simple test is carried out with one of our trained IPL Technicians in private and involves sampling between 4-5 IPL beams onto an area that is close to or has similar skin tone to the designated area you wish to have treated.

Following on from the patch test, and providing your skin is deemed suitable and treatment would be safe, you can begin treatment 48 hours after. In cases of skin types 4-5 you will need to wait 2 weeks before treatment. This is purely a safety procedure that we undertake for darker skin phototypes, to ensure that there are no adverse affects from the patch test, and any good IPL centre should apply these same guidelines, for the safety of the client.

If you are still in doubt, please call us for more information and we will be happy to help you.


Does it work for people with PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders, affecting between 3% and 5% of women 12-45 years old.

Some of the signs and symptoms of PCOS can include:

Weight Gain
Irregular Menstruation
Excessive amounts of androgenic hormones

The increase in androgens contributes to many of the symptoms that women experience whom are suffering from the disease. These androgens are hormones which cause some of the typical male characteristics, and many of the symptoms of PCOS cause a distressing change in physical appearance such as excessive body hair. Given this, DepiCool often receive enquiries from PCOS sufferers in relation to permanently helping to remove or reduce these levels of body hair.

In today's very body conscious society, DepiCool recognise the importance of both looking and feeling good, and that health and image are two of the most important aspects in day to day life.

For women conscious of this excessive body hair, undergoing IPL treatment with us, will give an 80-90% permanent hair reduction, and the remaining hair that is left will be much thinner, weaker and more prone to breaking away. This is why IPL is such a commonly requested treatment for PCOS sufferers.

DepiCool would like to remind clients suffering from PCOS that this may affect the treatment process, in so much as it may increase the number of sessions required (normally this is an average of 6-8 for body area and 10-12 for a facial area) or for example, sessions may need to be spaced closer together than the average guidances: in order to reach the desired results.

At DepiCool we treat all clients on an individual basis, and your needs will always be catered to in a friendly, personal and professional manner. With your practitioner (usually at the initial patch test) you will have the opportunity to ask any questions specific to your needs and/or concerns.


Do I need to do anything before coming to my appointments?
When you come to your initial Patch Test appointment you should be sure to do the following things:

Bring with you a list of any medication(s) you may be taking including herbal supplements

Print a map for the designated centre so that you are able to find it and reach your appointment on time

Leave the area to be treated in its natural state (IE do not shave, wax, pluck or remove the hair) prior to the session as the practitioner will need to see this area in order to assess it fully.

For every subsequent appointment please shave the area 2 days before your appointment.


Do we treat over tattoos?
Unfortunately if you have a tattooed area we are not able to treat over this as the dark dye in the tattoo ink darkens your skin colour and therefore means that the light can be absorbed by the skin rather than the hair itself. This can be dangerous and potentially cause hyper or hypo pigmentation of the skin, and as we put client safety as our number one priority we would not treat areas where there are tattoos.


Does it help with ingrown hair?
Both IPL and Laser are currently the best known treatments to reduce ingrown hairs on the body and give a permanent hair reduction of 80 – 90% of the hair in the treated zone. The remaining hair will be brittle, thinner and much more prone to breaking away.

Clients must appreciate that the process is gradual and will take a course of treatment to demonstrate significant results, on average usually between 6 or 8 to get the desired results, but if you are committed to treatment and adhere to the correct pre and post care instructions and spacing between appointments, then the hair follicles will eventually shrink completely and any further hair growth will be permanently prevented. If there is no hair in the follicle to re-grow, then it cannot become ingrown, and therefore IPL will help to reduce in-growing hairs!


Can you treat over scars?
There are many reasons you may have scarred areas on the body, from operations to injuries, this does not prevent you at all from having IPL treatment, although we would advise that if the area is an area you are wishing to treat – ensure you alert the IPL centre at time of booking.

Any good IPL centre in the UK should offer you what is called an initial “patch test” which will determine your suitability for IPL treatment and ensure it is safe and effective for you.

We would also like to make you aware that any areas of scarred skin generally tend not to have hair growing directly on the scar itself, this would mean IPL is not necessary directly on the scar, however you may experience hair growth around the scarred area, this is perfectly normal and can be treated with IPL.

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