IPL Hair Removal

Project5IPL offers a safe, cost effective long term solution for the removal of unwanted hair on any part of the body. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal is similar in many aspects to Laser hair removal, except IPL uses light energy instead of laser energy. The benefits of IPL (over Laser) are that sessions are much quicker and much more tolerable, with virtually no pain.

IPL produces a precise beam of light energy, which is transmitted through the skin, targeting pigment in hair the follicles. When this light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicle of the hair, it is converted to heat, which in turn causes thermal damage to the follicle and disables the cells responsible for new hair growth.

Call us today at 1-855-GYM-SPA-1 for a free consultation to see if IPL Hair Removal is right for you.


+ Frequently Asked Questions

What is an IPL treatment session like?

The IPL laser hair removal sessions will generally take less than 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area having hair removal. Some smaller areas may require significantly less time.  The reduction of hair on the treated area is progressive over the course of the IPL laser treatment.

Is IPL painful?

No. There is no pain involved. Because the process involved heating a specific component of the follicular cells, most patients feel a sensation of a rubber bad snapping on the skin. It is a procedure with minimal discomfort and tolerated well by almost all patients.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

Because the reduction of hair production is gradual, most often you may need between 4-8 sessions to achieve desired results. The results are dependent on each person’s individual response as well as the area treated. Treatment sessions are scheduled roughly 4 weeks apart.

When will I see results from IPL Hair Removal?

You should see some results after your first Intense Pulsed Light hair removal treatment.  The hair that does grow back after your Intense Pulsed Light treatment but will be thinner and lighter in color, and with multiple laser hair removal treatments, you should see a significant and permanent reduction in hair growth in the areas treated.

+ Who is NOT a candidate for IPL?

Every patient will require a complimentary consultation to ensure IPL can be used safely on them, often the consultation can be done just prior to treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light hair removal is not appropriate for all complexions and hair colors. It is most effective for those with fair-to-medium complexions. IPL is less effective on white, blonde and other light-colored hair. For those with tan-to-dark complexion, Intense Pulsed Light hair removal is not recommended because it can cause hypopigmentation of the skin or other skin risks.

Further Contraindications:

  • Recent use of depilatory creams or sprays
  • Recent waxing, tweezing, or sugaring
  • Infectious skin conditions or broken skin
  • History of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  • Moles or skin cancer
  • Suntanned or sunburned skin (including ‘fake’ tanning)
  • Breastfeeding and pregnancy: increased hormone levels greatly decrease treatment efficacy
  • Tattoos or permanent makeup in area to be treated
  • Photo-sensitising topicals or oral medications: Tetracycline, Minomycin, Doxycycline, St John’s Wort, any citrus essential oils

+ Preparation for a Treatment Session

  • Refrain from tweezing, waxing, electrolysis or other epilation methods for at least 4 weeks prior to IPL laser hair removal and for the duration of treatments. It is best to shave or trim excess hair during the course of IPL hair removal treatment.
  • The areas treated with IPL laser hair removal should be shaved or closely-clipped before the first treatment, and before any subsequent hair removal sessions. However, avoid shaving within 24 hours of your session.
  • Discontinue sun tanning, including the use of tanning beds and self-tanning creams at least 4 weeks before, and throughout the IPL laser hair removal treatment course.
  • Always use an SPF 30, or greater, sunscreen on any IPL laser treatment area that will be exposed to the sun, and reapply every 2 hours throughout the day. Wear protective, light-blocking hats and clothing.
  • Discontinue the use of exfoliating creams that include Retin-A and other Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) ingredients on the areas to be treated with IPL laser hair removal.

+ After Care Instructions

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is normal after IPL laser hair removal. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Apply cold gel packs or cool wet cloths to the areas treated with IPL laser for 15 minutes every 2-4 hours until symptoms subside.
  • Bathe or shower as usual. If the areas treated with IPL laser hair removal are sensitive to heat, cool showers and baths will offer relief.
  • Avoid aggressive scrubbing, use of exfoliants, scrub brushes and loofa sponges until the IPL laser hair removal treatment area has returned to its pre-treatment condition.
  • Avoid, swimming, hot tubs/Jacuzzis, and excessive exercise for 7 days after IPL laser hair removal or until redness resolves.
  • As IPL laser hair removal makes the skin photosensitive, you should avoid sun exposure to treated areas, as well as the use of sun tanning beds and self-tanning creams.
  • Use a SPF-30 sunscreen on the treated areas, and reapply regularly, if sun exposure is unavoidable. Sun avoidance will decrease the likelihood of skin color changes and hyperpigmentation.
  • If blisters occur after IPL laser hair removal, apply antibiotic ointment to the areas 2 times a day until healed.
  • Do not pick or remove scabs or crusting as this can lead to infection.
  • Hairs that were in the resting phase at the time of IPL laser hair removal may enter the active growth phase in 1 to 6 months depending on the body area. Follow-up IPL hair removal treatment may be performed within 1-2 weeks of new hair growth.
  • Do not tweeze, wax, or use any other form of hair removal other than shaving in between IPL laser hair removal sessions.