What is IPL Hair Removal?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal is a gentle, safe and cost-effective way to permanently reduce unwanted hair on most parts of your body. 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 provides the same but faster results as electrolysis, without the pain of injecting a needle into every hair follicle.

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


from $37.50


Permanent hair reduction


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 it 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 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.

Clinical results have shown that dark hair and light skin makes the most successful combination. Patients with darker skin 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.

What happens during the procedure?

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.

What happens after the procedure?

You’ll generally experience minimal discomfort after treatment; however, some patients can experience some tenderness, swelling or pain. 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.

This treatment has variable outcomes and the average is usually 6-8 treatments.

Is IPL Hair Removal the Same as Laser Hair Removal?

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

The results of IPL and Laser Hair Removal are the same; both offer permanent hair reduction.

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic for this procedure?

  • Our medical grade IPL is more powerful than many of the machines on the market
  • 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 CSPA and Arpansa on machine safety.
"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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