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A safe and effective non-invasive hair removal for most skin types and hair colors which uses bursts of light energy to remove the hair and inhibit re-growth.

Length of Surgery

10 minutes – 1 hour




A topical anesthetic may be used

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1 day

Treatment Frequency

Six to eight treatments


$350 - $600 per treatment


An alternative to laser hair removal, A safe and effective "non-invasive" hair removal treatment for most skin types and hair colors.


Hyperpigmentation; hypopigmentation; blistering; scarring; unwanted extra hair growth

Duration of results

Long lasting

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IPL Hair Removal Costs*

IPL hair removal costs range from $350 - $600 per treatment, depending on factors including the body area to be treated and the device used. The cost of repeat IPL treatments should also be considered.

If you are considering having IPL hair removal but want to explore more about the IPL hair removal financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your IPL hair removal practitioner, and find out if there are any loans or flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for IPL Hair Removal?

Certain factors influence whether an individual is a good candidate for IPL hair removal, including your skin and hair color. The type of machine that your clinic of choice uses is also a factor, as some IPL machines are not equipped to treat all skin and hair colors.

Unsuitable candidates for IPL hair removal include:

  1. Those with ginger, blonde or white hairs, which may respond poorly or not at all to the IPL treatment
  2. Mediterranean, Middle and Far Eastern skin types
  3. Those with skin types darker than those listed above. These skin types may not be suitable for the stronger lasers because the skin pigment absorbs too much energy which causes skin damage
  4. Patients with a recent sun tan
  5. Patients with a history of sensitivity to light based treatments
  6. People with an active infection in the area to be treated
  7. Patients who have used the drug isotretinoin in the last year.
  8. Pregnant women


What is an IPL Hair Removal Procedure?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems are an alternative to lasers for long term unwanted body hair removal. IPL can be used to treat most areas of the body in women and men, including the face, and is extremely safe. It offers safe and effective "non-invasive" hair removal for most skin types and hair colors. The burst of light to the hair causes damage to the follicle in the same way as a laser, with the same precision.

The IPL hair removal procedure works by emitting high-energy pulses of light directed at the hair follicles (roots) from which the hair grows. The IPL emits a dual band of yellow and red light, which targets different parts of the hair. The red light is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) within the hair shaft. This causes the temperature to rise which results in the destruction of the hair follicle. The yellow light targets the blood supply to the growth cells in the hair follicle, which inhibits hair re-growth. The IPL procedure will typically destroy between 60-90% of actively growing hairs at each treatment. IPL uses a broad spectrum of light, which means that it is appropriate for treating a wide range of hair colors and skin types.

Only hairs that are in their growing phase are susceptible to the IPL treatment for hair removal, therefore a series of multiple treatments are required to effect long-lasting hair growth reduction. Typically, six to eight IPL treatments are needed, with intervals between treatments of four to eight weeks, depending on which area of the body or face is being treated. The number of IPL treatments depends on factors including the patient’s skin type, hair color, and density and location of hair.

The IPL procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and takes anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated. No anesthetic is required, and patients can normally return to their normal daily activities immediately after intense pulsed light treatment for hair removal.

IPL Hair Removal Procedure Steps

The following is an overview of a typical IPL hair removal procedure, though individual practice may vary. A test patch may be performed before the full IPL treatment begins.

  1. You will be given safety eyewear to wear to protect your eyes from the light generated by the IPL treatment machine.
  2. The area to be treated may be cooled with a cooling spray, and a gel may also be applied.
  3. If a sensitive area is to be treated, a topical anesthetic cream may be applied to make the IPL procedure more comfortable.
  4. The IPL practitioner uses a small hand piece to gently touch your skin with flashes of intense pulsed light. A tingling or stinging sensation may be felt during the IPL treatment and the skin may swell or redden slightly.
  5. Cooling packs are applied immediately following the IPL treatment to minimize discomfort.


IPL Hair Removal Recovery and Healing Steps

It is very important that you follow the advice of your practitioner carefully following light treatment for hair removal to reduce the risk of complications. After IPL hair removal treatment, you may experience:

  1. Swelling
  2. Skin may be red or pink, and sore
  3. A feeling like mild sunburn.
You may be advised to apply an anesthetic cream to the area, avoid exposing yourself to the sun, and to wear a total sun block whenever you do. However, most individuals should be able to return to work and their normal activities immediately following the IPL hair removal procedure.


IPL Hair Removal Risks

IPL treatment for hair removal risks vary according to your skin type and the type of hair removal machine used, but may include:

  1. Hyperpigmentation (skin pigment becomes darker)
  2. Hypopigmentation (skin pigment becomes lighter
  3. Skin overheats, causing blistering and possibly scarring
  4. Hair may grow adjacent to the treatment area
Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have about IPL hair removal treatments with your IPL hair removal doctor.


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