Cost of IPL Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal Cost

The cost for IPL Hair Removal depends on which area you wish to be treated. For example, the back including shoulders can cost around $420 to $450, the bikini area ranges between $80 and $100 whilst the cost for underarms is about $80 to $100. You can expect to pay at least $180 for a Brazilian. Some clinics may take a deposit before your first consultation as security if you don’t show up for your appointment. This is usually around $50 and redeemable after your first treatment.

The above prices are per treatment. You will most likely require multiple treatments. The number of sessions is usually around 6 to 8, but can be more depending on your individual circumstances. Before proceeding, ask how many treatments are recommended for the area having regard to your hair and skin type. Private health insurance may cover part of the cost. There may also be a Medicare rebate. Ask your surgeon for information about any rebates.

How does IPL Hair Removal Work?

IPL requires the use of specific lamps (attached to a hand-held wand) which produce high intensity broad-spectrum light. The pulses of light are very short in duration. The practitioner passes the wand over the skin. As the light travels through the skin, it heats up and vaporizes the hair shaft and bulb (hair root). This process also destroys the papilla (which causes the hair to produce) or the entire hair follicle. The treatment can take 20 minutes to an hour depending on which area is being done.

Each treatment destroys only actively growing hair, requiring multiple treatments to target all heirs in their active state. Patients return for treatments after approximately three weeks or longer. Many patients continue IPL Hair Removal treatment for three to four months.

IPL Hair Removal Side Effects

You may experience pain during the treatment, although IPL is generally less painful then laser treatment. The pain can sometimes be compared to waxing in the same area. This is usually the case with treating the face and chest, but also depends on the settings and intensity. Unlike waxing, this pain disappears immediately. Men usually feel more pain since men’s hair is mostly denser than women’s.

After IPL hair removal, your skin will be red and sensitive for up to three days. Usually people experience a slight discomfort which feels something like minor sunburn. There can also be blistering, superficial skin burns, scabbing and swelling. If blisters occur, this can lead to permanent scarring. UV skin damage is not a risk since the light is filtered to remove ultraviolet components.

There is also a risk of hyperpigmentation, which is higher with IPL hair removal than with lasers. The results can be unpredictable, especially if the technology is used by an inexperienced doctor. Also, the light targets darker areas and sometimes pigments can get in the way. Don’t have IPL after getting tanned; your skin should be in its lightest state. It’s safer to perform IPL hair removal on a dark person than on a pale person who’s just had a tan.

IPL Hair Removal Success Rate

One or two treatments can achieve a reduction in hair growth by about fifty per cent. The treatment works best on denser areas and is successful with any hair colour including black, brown, blonde, orange and red.

However, previously damaged hair follicles can become active again and hair might also grow if you experience major hormonal changes. Because of this, IPL can permanently reduce the total amount of hair, but it cannot permanently remove all hair in the treated area.