I'm having facial ipl. however i have heard that ipl may increase hair growth in the chin causing a long hair peach effect. is it right? thank you in advance alexandra greece
Does Ipl Cause Increasing of Facial Hair
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IPL removes facial hair
IPL can be used to remove unwanted hair on the face and body. Occasionally it will can an increase and/or a darkening of hair and this is treated with more IPL treatments.
Yes it is possible but very rARE
Can IPL cause hair growth
All laser hair removal devices carry the risk of making hair growth worse if used at too light of a setting. It is thought that the suboptimal dose may create a survival mode to the hair. This is how many new devices are coming to the market to try to treat balding by using low heat levels. So that being said, an IPL or BBL used at appropriate levels should not cause a problem unless you have some underlying medical condition that is causing excessive hair growth unrelated to the laser
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IPL can rarely cause a paradoxical increase in hair growth
It happens very rarely and more often in patients with some hormonal abnormality, like polycystic ovary syndrome, but not necessarily just under those circumstances.
The thought is that IPL may activate hair follicles outside the immediate treatment area. This can also happen if the settings on the light device are too low.
Can IPL Cause More Facial Hair?
Hi Greece. There is documented research showing that low fluence (power) IPL treatments can in fact stimulate hair growth.
We would stick to laser treatments rather than IPL for whatever your facial skin condition s to help avoid the possibility of increased hair growth.
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