About IPL Hair Removal
Dr. Joseph Guarino offers a safe, effective, and long-lasting way to remove unwanted hair. Quick and easy, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal removes all hair in 4-6 treatments and usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.*
An ideal form of treatment for both men and women, IPL can be used on virtually any part of the body, including:
- Chest, back, abdomen
- Bikini area
- Face and neck
- Arms and underarms
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Hair Removal vs. Laser Hair Removal
Although the two forms of hair removal are used interchangeably, IPL is very different from laser hair removal.
Simply put, IPL is a light source, not a laser. During laser hair removal treatment, a laser delivers a single wavelength where IPL uses a broad spectrum of light. Both laser hair removal and IPL treatment work by heating and destroying the hair follicle for permanent hair reduction.*
Advantages of IPL hair removal include:
- FDA approval for hair removal treatment
- Safe and effective for a wider variety of skin types
- Larger area can be treated at one time for faster, more comfortable treatment
IPL Hair Removal Before & After Photos
IPL Hair Removal Safety Information
IPL hair removal is safe, as it targets the hair follicles and leaves the skin generally untouched. Many people have IPL on their lunch breaks and return to work immediately following the procedure. Dr. Guarino will require you to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the light.
IPL hair removal side effects may include:
- Darkening of the skin, similar to a mild suntan or sunburn
- Lightening of the skin
- Pinching or stinging sensation during IPL treatment
- Mild swelling, pinkness or redness of the skin
Side effects of IPL hair removal are temporary, lasting 2 - 3 days. In some cases, it may take several weeks for side effects to recover.
IPL Hair Removal FAQ
What are the side effects of IPL for hair removal?
A benefit to IPL hair removal is that there is virtually no down time. Unlike laser hair removal, IPL attacks the hair follicles from the inside and leaves the outer skin completely unharmed, leaving no redness or visible damage. There are some side effects which include:
- Feeling of a mild sunburn on treated areas. This usually fades within a day or two
- Skin pigment darkened by bright light, similar to a sun tan. This may happen in patches, but will eventually fade
- On darker skin, care must be taken to ensure the skin does not overheat and result in blistering or pale patches
Most of these side effects can be avoided by consulting with your doctor before IPL hair removal treatment.
Is IPL hair removal painful?
Most patients report minimal discomfort, similar to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Others describe the procedure with a tingling or stinging sensation. Depending on your pain threshold, pain will vary, but IPL hair removal is no more painful than tweezing and most patients prefer it to waxing.
How Should I prepare for IPL hair removal treatment?
Because IPL uses light treatment, you should take caution not to sunbathe or use tanning beds before your treatment. IPL hair removal works best on pale skin.
In contrast to laser hair removal, IPL hair removal requires the hair to be short before treatment. Minimizing the length of the hair allows the light energy to be applied directly to the hair roots and minimize burning on the surface of the skin. This is ideal for those wishing to get rid of embarrassing hair.
What does the follow-up and after care of IPL entail?
In general, four to six sessions of IPL hair removal treatments are required to achieve permanent results. We recommend to follow up every 2 weeks but these can be scheduled anywhere from every week to once a month.
After your treatment, you should avoid:
- Soap on treated area for 24 hours
- Unnecessary sun exposure for 48 hours
- If the treatment was on underarms, deodorants or antiperspirants for 2-3 days
If you wish, you may apply an unscented soothing lotion, ice pack or wet towel to cool the treated areas.