IPL Hair Removal

A non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to quickly and easily reduce unwanted hair on your body or face with longer lasting results.

Woman getting an IPL treatment at Luminous

What is IPL?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a cutting-edge treatment with no downtime that delivers intense pulses of broad-spectrum light, targeting and destroying the hair cells responsible for hair growth, without damaging the surrounding skin. The result is smooth, hair-free skin that lasts. IPL treatments are known for their effectiveness in getting rid of unwanted hair.

Skin Areas that IPL Can Treat

  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Lower face
  • Neck
  • Underarms

Benefits of IPL

  • Fast and effective
  • Safe for light and dark skin tones
  • Most hair colors can be treated
  • Non-invasive, no downtime

What to Expect Before, During, & After IPL Treatment

Prior to your IPL treatment, our team will perform a comprehensive consultation with you to ensure we understand your needs, goals, and medical history. Using our expertise, we’ll then create an IPL treatment plan for you that gets you your ideal results!

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Before

Prior to your treatment, we ask that you avoid sensitizing agents like chemical exfoliants and vitamin A derivatives, as well as minimize sun exposure. We’ll give you thorough prep instructions during your consultation!

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During

During your treatment, we’ll start by cleansing your skin, covering your eyes with protective shields or goggles, and applying ultrasound gel to prevent discomfort. Then, we’ll select your settings based on your skin type and proceed with your treatment. The procedure may take 5 to 45 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.

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After

Although treatments have no downtime, reactions could vary patient to patient. After an IPL treatment, your skin may feel warm or tender. To further reduce redness and protect your skin, we’ll end your treatment with our top-selling Intensive Recovery Cream and mineral SPF. For optimal recovery, we recommend that you use SPF daily and avoid retinoids and harsh exfoliants one week post-treatment. After each visit, you can expect to see a gradual decrease in the hair thickness and in the amount of hair present. In addition, you may also see a decrease in stubble, rashes and ingrown hairs!

IPL Treatment FAQ

Everything you want to know about IPL, all in one place.

What does IPL feel like?

IPL treatment doesn’t require numbing. Most patients would describe the sensation as being similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin or a mild warming sensation.

How many IPL treatment will I need?

A series of 5-6 treatments is recommended, in addition to one yearly maintenance treatment, in order to get long-lasting results.

Why do I need multiple treatments?

Our hair grows in 3 different stages, and is not in the same stage at the same time. So when an area is treated, only a percentage of hair follicles is affected. Therefore, to effectively reduce your unwanted hair, multiple treatments are necessary.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light?

This non-invasive procedure stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, resulting in clearer, smoother, and more evenly toned skin with minimal downtime. IPL treatments are known for their effectiveness in reversing sun damage, rosacea and improving overall skin appearance.

How Do IPL Treatments Work?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a cutting-edge cosmetic treatment that delivers intense pulses of broad-spectrum light. This light energy is absorbed by the pigment or blood vessels, causing them to break down. The body’s natural healing process then removes the damaged pigment or vessels, resulting in a reduction in pigment spots and vascular lesions. Over time, the treated areas become clearer, with a more even skin tone.

What Does IPL Treatment Feel Like?

IPL treatment doesn’t require numbing. Most patients would describe the sensation as being similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin or a mild warming sensation.

How Many IPL Treatments Will I Need To See Results?

We typically recommend three to four sessions, in addition to one yearly maintenance treatment, in order to get long-lasting results. Although the exact number depends on your desired outcomes, and the condition of your skin, your individual goals will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.

How long should I stop using retinol before my treatment?

We perform IPL on healthy and non-irritated skin. If retinol has caused your skin to be dry, red, flaky, or otherwise irritated, you should stop using retinol 1-2 weeks prior to your IPL treatment.

I’ve had gold therapy in the past. Is IPL right for me?

Gold therapy is typically given either orally or by injection to treat arthritis. The IPL energy causes a chemical reaction which results in a permanent bluish/gray skin discoloration called chrysiasis. Therefore, any patient with a past or present history of gold therapy is contraindicated and treatment is not recommended.

Why Choose Luminous Medical Aesthetics for Your IPL Treatment?

At Luminous, we’re committed to serving as your dedicated long-term aesthetic partners. Understanding your unique lifestyle enables us to deliver personalized care tailored to your goals and needs. To enhance our services, we’ve invested in not one, but two IPL devices (M22 by Lumenis and ICON by CYnosure), ensuring safe and effective treatment for our patients. Let our expert team show you just what IPL can do for you, and say goodbye to unwanted hair!