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Say goodbye to unwanted hair with IPL
Skin Institute
September 5, 2015

Spring is here and bikini season is just around the corner!  Out with the extra layers, and in with the short shorts and summer dresses. For most women, hair removal can be a big factor in feeling confident and beautiful in summers’ skin baring clothes.

Keeping our bodies hairless in all the right places isn’t always smooth sailing – waxing and shaving can cause nicks, bumps, ingrown hairs and general discomfort. But with IPL you can avoid these annoying factors once and for all.

Known in the world of skincare as a great all-rounder, the many benefits of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) include treating fine lines, pigmentation and rosacea. But IPL’s precise beams of light also target the melanin in hair follicles, resulting in permanent hair reduction.


Winter or spring is the best time for IPL, here’s why:


  • Get hair-free in time for summer.You’ll require a few sessions before regrowth slows down.


  • It’s easier to avoid the sun after treatment. Skin is more sensitive after IPL and sun exposure can irritate it.


  • You’re in your white winter glory.IPL is less effective on sun damaged or tanned skin. Dark hair follicles that are vivid against pale skin give the best results.


Who is a good candidate for IPL?

We welcome anyone to come in for a free cosmetic consultation, during which we can individually assess your skin and advise whether IPL is going to be effective for you. Generally speaking, people who have light skin and dark hair get the best results from IPL laser treatment because the light responds to the high level of pigment in the hair and doesn’t pick up pigment in the skin. It’s ineffective for blonde or white coloured hair because it lacks the pigment required to absorb light for the treatment to be successful.


Why will I need multiple sessions?

Follicles are all in different hair growth cycles, otherwise all our hair would fall out at the same time! So you’ll need multiple sessions in order to target the hairs that are in different cycles.


How many sessions will I need?

Usually between 4 – 8 treatments  are required to treat hair at all stages of the growth cycle. Treatments are usually done 4 – 6 weeks apart.


What does it feel like?

Most clients describe the feeling as a “flick of a rubber band”. It can be uncomfortable; we take our time during treatment and use ice. Occasionally we apply a numbing gel pre-treatment. Then again for some, the flicking is easily tolerated.


How long does it take?

Discussing the treatment during a free cosmetic consultation takes around 15 minutes. Treatment appointments depend on the size of the area being treated, and generally take between 15-45 minutes.


What equipment do you use?

We use the best high quality Intense Pulse Light machines available.


What is your opinion on DIY at-home IPL?

The results are unpredictable and it can be dangerous with possible permanent side effects such as hyperpigmenation and scarring. There’s currently a lack of legislation around who can import and sell this equipment and no controls over the quality of the device. We strongly recommend you use a medical professional to administer your IPL treatment. All Appearance Medicine Nurses at Skin Institute are registered nurses and specially trained in IPL.


What areas do most clients get treatments on?

IPL can be used for hair in any location. For women it’s mostly underarms, bikini line, face, legs. For men; back of neck, upper back, and upper chest.


How can I prepare my skin to maximize my IPL results?

Be sunsmart everyday! This is particulary important prior to IPL. Also avoid waxing, electrolysis and plucking at least 4 weeks prior to treatment. Other than that, there is no preparatory treatment you need to have before IPL for hair removal.


How do I book?

For a consultation book online. Your cosmetic consultations will be with the Appearance Medicine Nurse who will perform your IPL. So you can then make your IPL treatment bookings directly with your Nurse.