What is IPL Hair Removal?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal is a gentle, safe and cost-effective way to permanently reduce unwanted facial or body hair. The wavelength, exposure duration and energy levels are chosen to selectively damage targeted hair follicles (and unwanted skin spots) with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

IPL and Laser Hair Removal can permanently reduce excess hair growth by up to 80%. It is impossible to achieve full permanent hair removal.

Common names

Laser Hair Removal, Epilation, Intense Pulsed Light, Hair Reduction

Targeted areas

Unwanted or excessive facial or body hair growth

Procedure Information

Procedure Type

Non Surgical

Cost

from $37.50

Improvement

Permanent hair reduction

Results

Permanent reduction after 4-8 treatments. Clients may require an annual top-up session

Recovery Time

No recovery time

Treatable Area's

Arms (full or half), back, beard, bikini, brazilian, chest, chin, feet, leg (half or full), lip, neck (front or back), nipples, shoulders, toes, underarm

How Does IPL Laser Hair Removal Work?

IPL (intense pulsed light) is absorbed by the hair follicles, resulting in their heating. The hair follicles are damaged by the heat which results in permanent hair reduction. It’s important to stop waxing, epilating or plucking before you start your IPL treatment, as the hair must be growing in the follicle for it to be successfully heated and damaged. It’s necessary to shave or clip the hair shortly prior to your treatment, we usually recommend the day prior to the appointment.

Who Is A Good Candidate For IPL Laser Hair Removal?

Clinical results have shown that a combination of dark hair and light skin produces the most successful results. Patients with darker skin types or lighter coloured hair can also be treated but may require more treatments than average, as the machine settings must be reduced for their safety. Unfortunately blonde and grey hairs cannot be detected by the light and their results are variable.

Prior to treating we ask all patients to attend a complimentary consultation to ensure that they are a suitable candidate for IPL Hair Removal.

Are All IPL Machines The Same?

No, IPL machines are not made equal. Some are much stronger than others. You will often see advertising for ‘Medical Grade IPL’ or ‘Medical Grade Laser’, this means that the IPL or laser machine has the ability to be turned up to Doctor Only settings. If you wish to have the settings turned up to Doctor Strength or if you would like Doctor supervised settings please ask about this at your initial consultation.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

This varies from individual to individual, however, the average is usually 6-8 treatments. These treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart. It is important to not pluck, epilate or wax the area between sessions. You are able to shave the area between sessions.

Are The Results Permanent?

It is recommended that you have a top-up treatment every 6-12 months. This is the same advice regardless if you have IPL or Laser Treatment.

How Long Will Each Session Take?

This depends on the size of the treatment area. A small area like upper lip may take 15 minutes but a large area, such as full leg or back, will take much longer.

What Happens During The IPL Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

At the time of treatment, a cooling gel and a hand-held treatment unit are gently applied to your skin. Each pulse of light to the skin can disable hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously. When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it and the remaining hair in the treated area falls out within a week or two.

How Do I Prepare for IPL Hair Removal?

You must not pluck, epilate or wax for 6 weeks prior to your IPL treatment to allow the hair to go through a full hair growth cycle. You are able to shave the area during this time. You should shave the area the day before the appointment.

You must not have any fake tan on the skin at the appointment. We recommend not using fake tan for 2 weeks prior to the appointment. If you come o your appointment with fake tan on the treatment area we are unable to treat you.

The skin should be clean and clear of deodorant and creams prior to the treatment. You should also avoid using creams containing Vitamin A or Retinol prior to your appointment.

Is There Any Required Aftercare?

You’ll generally experience minimal discomfort after treatment; however, some patients can experience some tenderness, swelling or discomfort. This can be relieved by applying ice to the area.

Aftercare instructions should be strictly followed. Usually, this involves the use of an ice pack for 30 minutes to 1-hour post-treatment and avoiding direct sunlight.

If you are prone to ingrown hairs it may help if you exfoliate the area. 2-3 times per week. Avoid exfoliating the area for 48 hours after the treatment.

After your treatment, your dermal therapist will apply an aftercare gel. We do not require that you purchase an expensive ‘aftercare pack’ of post-treatment skin care. There are no hidden costs in our hair removal procedures.

Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after your appointment.

Is IPL Hair Removal the Same as Laser Hair Removal?

IPL Hair Removal and Laser work on the same principle of light damaging the hair follicle. The main difference between IPL and Laser Hair Removal is the wavelength used. IPL uses of spectrum light source it emits light at multiple wavelengths, whereas laser emits one single wavelength.

At Absolute Cosmetic we have trialled and tested both Laser and IPL have found that they are two different modalities to get to the same result. The results of IPL and Laser Hair Removal are the same; both offer permanent hair reduction.

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic for this procedure?

  • Our IPL is more powerful than many of the machines on the market, meaning you may get results in fewer sessions.
  • Doctor settings are available after a consultation with one of our Doctors
  • We have more than 20 years of experience with medical IPL, treating over 20,000 patients
  • Our clinic’s medical director was a lecturer in IPL, laser and an advisor to the cosmetic society and Arpansa on machine safety.
  • Dr Murray, our Medical Director joint owned the first IPL machine in Perth
"We use medical grade IPL which is up to 4x stronger than some other IPL machines."

How can we help?

Whether you have a treatment in mind, or you have a condition that you’d like to discuss with one of our professionals, please make an enquiry using this form. Be sure to include your ideal date and time for your appointment

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