IPL Hair Reduction

IPL with radiofrequency is a non-invasive treatment. A sophisticated flash gun is flashed into the treatment area, gently heating the hair bulb until it can no longer regenerate.

This process is repeated over the entire treatment area. Over the next few weeks, the follicle contracts and the hair is expelled, but a new hair will not grow in its place.

Only hair in the growing phase is successfully neutralised, so subsequent treatments are required 4-8 weeks apart, as hair in other growing phases becomes treatable. An average of 4-8 treatments are usually required, and maintenance treatments may also be required.

Darker hair is best for treatment, so blonde or light grey hair may not respond. Lighter skin types also respond better, so dark skin may not be suitable for treatment.


Skinfirst IPL facial treatment
Image credit: Skinfirst

Our IPL with radio frequency is an effective treatment for permanent hair reduction for men and women, including:

  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Sideburns
  • Neck/neckline
  • Monobrow
  • Beard

Upper body
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Arms (upper/lower)
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Stomach line

Lower body
  • Bikini/Brazilian
  • Buttocks
  • Legs/thighs
  • Lower Legs
  • Feet
  • Toes

Men’s Grooming
  • Back/chest
  • Neck (back hairline)
  • Neck (front beardline)
  • Upper Cheeks
  • Monobrow
  • Sideburns

Is the Treatment Safe?

IPL is considered a safe non-surgical, non-invasive treatment, that can be performed by suitably trained therapists. Risks are minimised by:

  • Carrying out a patch test on a small part of the treatment area, to see how it responds
  • Using an IPL machine with radiofrequency which enables the light settings to be reduced
  • Undertaking a client consultation, to discover whether there are any issues that might affect the treatment
  • Assessing the client’s skin type, and their predisposition to tanning and sun burning, which determine the most effective and safest IPL machine settings
  • Specifying pre- and post-treatment behavior that can affect the treatment (eg. sun exposure)
  • Use of an IPL gel during treatment which helps absorb any excess heat
  • Well-trained and qualified therapists with manufacturer’s training certificate, nationally recognised VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments (QCF)

Every treatment has some risks, and intense pulsed light may result in swelling, skin discolouration, soreness, burning, allergic reaction, and in rare cases, scarring. These may be temporary or permanent.

Is the Treatment Painless?

Clients may feel a degree of discomfort that differs from person to person. One of the purposes of the patch test is to reduce the settings so that they are as comfortable as possible. Of course certain areas of the body, and areas with more hair follicles, may be more sensitive than hair-free regions.

The treatment has been generally described as more comfortable than waxing, and sometimes like having a small elastic band flicked onto the skin. The use of radiofrequency energy with our system is more comfortable than traditional IPL only machines.

IPL hair removal animation

How does it work?

The numbered list refers to the animation, right.

  1. The treatment area is ready
  2. The IPL flashes followed by some RF energy
  3. Heat is absorbed by the hair
  4. Heat travels down into the hair bulb and root
  5. The bulb and root stop growing
  6. The hair falls out in about 2 weeks, and does not regrow!


What do I get?

  1. A patch test and consultation, covering medical history, expectations, pre- and post-treatment advice
  2. Typically 30 to 90 mins per treatments
  3. Course of treatments, typically 6-8
  4. Treatments typically 4-6 weeks apart (facial, bikini, underarm), 6-12 weeks (limbs, back)


IPL back hair removal
IPL Male back hair reduction after 6 treatments (image credit & © SkinFirst)
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 by AL (Sandbach)

I went this morning for a consultation and patch test for IPL treatment. I found Caroline very welcoming and I felt at ease as soon as I walked in. Caroline explained the treatment thoroughly and then carried out the patch test. I was comfortable and very relaxed whilst having the patch test - it didn't hurt one bit! I can't wait to start my course of treatments and regain my confidence.