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IPL – laser hair removal, pigment/redness reduction


What is IPL and how does it work?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment that uses light to absorb melanin (the dark pigment in your hair and skin) and haemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels). This light converts to heat, which damages the target cells without disrupting the skins surface. This is used as a non-invasive treatment for unwanted hair removal and many skin conditions.

What can IPL treat?

  • Flat, benign pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation)
  • Facial vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries)
  • Diffuse redness, rosacea and red scarring
  • Poikiloderma (redness, pigmentation and a spotty look to the neck and/or décolletage)
  • Unwanted dark facial and body hair
  • Uneven skin colouring
  • Sundamage

Why have an IPL treatment at Academy Face and Body?

  • We are a Certified Palomar and Lumenis M22 Provider
  • The treatments are performed by qualified Dermal Therapists. A Dermal Therapist has a nationally recognised qualification in advanced skin treatments and holds an IPL/ Laser Safety Officer certificate.
  • Our Dermal Therapists are also supervised and work under the guidance of doctors
  • We perform necessary skin test patches – free!
  • We provide you with a comprehensive consultation so you can make an informative decision
  • Your treatment outcome is important to us


There are some reasons IPL may not be suitable for you. These include:

  • Roaccutane use in the last 6 months
  • Pregnancy
  • Dermatitis or infection in the area to be treated
  • History of keloid scarring or abnormal wound healing
  • Light sensitising medication
  • Light triggered seizures
  • Melasma (we recommend a course of Laser Toning Peels & lightening cream)

Note: IPL may not suit darker skin types

Potential Complications:

Unfortunately, there are some potential complications with IPL treatments. At Academy Facial Plastics we perform test spots within 3 days of your actual treatment, to allow an accurate evaluation of the skins response. This significantly reduces potential complications, which include:

  • Prolonged redness and swelling lasting up to 4 days may occur
  • Darker patches of pigment on the skin may occur a couple of weeks after treatment. This can last from 2 weeks up to 1 year. However there is a special cream we can use to reduce the pigment. You are more at risk of this occurring if you have a darker skin type. (this is not the immediate darkening of pigment we expect when treating pigmentation)
  • Whiter patches on the skin can occur. This can last 2 weeks up to 1 year though also has the potential to be permanent. You are more at risk of this occurring if you have a darker skin type
  • Blistering rarely occurs and will usually settle within 2 hours with application of ice. If you do get a blister, it is important that you don’t pick it as it may leave a scar

How will my skin react after the IPL treatment?

  • Most patients will experience a mild sunburn like sensation that lasts 2 to 5 hours and is often associated with mild to moderate redness.
  • After laser hair removal the skin may appear spotty, this is inflammation caused from the heat absorbed in the hair follicle and can last 2 to 24 hours.
  • After treatment of pigmented lesions the lesion will go darker sometimes almost black, then will fall off within 7 to 28 days (depending on the area of the body) or it will just gradually fade.
  • After treatment of vascular lesions they will either disappear immediately or appear grey or purplish in colour. Diffuse redness immediately appears a lot redder then gradually lightens within 2-3 weeks.

Pre Treatment Recommendations

  • Avoid sun exposure 4 weeks prior to your treatment
  • Use an SPF 30+ daily
  • Do not use fake tan 2 weeks prior to your treatment
  • If having laser hair removal, do not wax, tweeze or pluck the hair for 4 weeks prior to your treatment
  • You may continue to shave or use depilatory creams
  • You will need to shave the treatment site before your laser hair removal session
  • If you have a history of herpes close to the area being treated, it is recommended that you take antiviral medication before the treatment. (This will be available from the chemist).

Post Treatment

  • A sunburn-like sensation is expected for about 2-5 hours after the treatment. If this is uncomfortable apply cold compresses or ice to the treated area
  • Your skin maybe temperature sensitive for the following 2 days, so do not use very hot water for your shower or bath
  • Please protect you skin from the sun!
  • Do not exfoliate the skin for 1 week after the treatment
  • Your skin may be more sensitive to certain skin care products so please use the products provided to you
  • Do not pick blisters or skin crusting as this may lead to a scar!
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please call the practice

Is your skin suitable for IPL treatment?

Is your skin suitable for IPL treatment?

In order to select the correct skin type for IPL treatment, the table below is used to classify skin according to its melanin (pigment) content and the skins reaction to the sun. The lighter the skin type, the more suitable it is for IPL treatment.

Skin Type Classification Colour Indication for IPL
I Always burns easily and never tans Fair Best skin for IPL treatment
II Burns easily and tans minimally Fair Good skin for IPL treatment
III Sometimes burns and tans gradually Fair to medium Good skin for IPL treatment
IV Burns minimally and always tans Medium Acceptable skin for IPL treatment
V+ Rarely burns, naturally dark skin Dark+ Not suitable for IPL treatment

Photo-rejuvenation information

Vascular lesions or diffuse redness generally requires 3-4 treatments at weekly intervals to achieve the best results. This is so we can progressively destroy the vessels without damaging the surrounding skin. Best results are seen 3 weeks after the last treatment. Photo-rejuvenation treatments will also stimulate the production of collagen. Many patients find that their skin feels firmer, smoother and looks clearer after a course of treatments.

Treatment of benign pigmented lesions generally requires 1-3 treatments performed approximately every 7-28 days or once all the darkened cells have sloughed off. A 70-90% reduction of pigmentation can be expected. Recommended skin care and strict sun protection help to maintain the results for much longer. Visible improvements are seen with each treatment.

Region Time between sessions
Face 2 – 4 weeks
Neck &/or Décolletage 4 – 5 weeks
Body 4 – 5 weeks

Expected Hair Reduction

Hair grows in 3 phases. Laser hair removal can only treat the hair within one of these phases called anagen. This is when the hair is growing and there are actively dividing cells in the hair follicle.

At any given time, there is only a certain percentage of hair in anagen. This is why laser hair removal must be performed over a number of sessions with a certain time span between treatments to achieve the best result. However, we can only achieve approximately 70% to 80% hair reduction, no IPL system can achieve 100% hair removal though what is remaining is generally lighter and finer.

The number of laser hair removal sessions required depends on your hair and skin colour and how your body responds to the treatments. The following is used as a guide only.

Hair Colour Skin Colour Estimated number of IPL sessions
Dark – Medium coarse hair I, II, III 6 – 8 sessions
Dark – Medium fine hair I, II, III 6 – 8 sessions
Dark – Medium coarse hair IV 8 – 10 sessions
Dark – Medium fine hair IV 8 – 10 sessions
Light / Grey/ Red hair Any skin colour IPL is not effective

Time span between treatments

The length of time the hair is in anagen phase will differ on each region of the body. This determines the ideal time between each treatment session.

Region Time between sessions
Face 4 – 6 weeks
Body 8 – 12 weeks

After laser hair removal

  • The hair will appear to grow (though very slowly) for 2 to 4 weeks and should then fall out; this is the treated hair being pushed out of the follicle, not new growth. Any hair that does not fall out was either too fine, too light, too deeply rooted or possibly wasn’t treated.
  • After the hair falls out you should have a hair free period for approximately 3 to 6 weeks.
  • New growth will appear, though there will be a certain percentage of hairs that don’t grow back. This percentage will increase with each session
  • Between treatments, growth can be shaved but not waxed or tweezed

Home Care Products to use for the following 3 – 5 days

It is important to avoid the use of exfoliating products for the next 3-5 days. To avoid sun sensitivities it is important to apply a broad-spectrum sun block daily. We recommend the following regime:

  • Mild soap or liquid body cleanser
  • After sun cream/gel or un fragranced moisturiser
  • SPF 30+ or 50+ UVA UVB


Hair Reduction (yellow hand piece)

Area Time          Minutes Cost per session
Full leg 90 650
Lower leg (knee to ankle) 60 350
Upper leg (knee to bikini) 60 400
Bikini line (side only) 15 100
G string bikini 30 150
Brazilian (or all off) 30 200
Under arms 15 100
Full arm 45 400
Lower arms (including hands) 30 280
Upper arm 30 250
Eyebrow (centre only) 15 50
Upper lip 15 70
Chin (including under the jaw) 15 100
Men’s full back, chest & stomach 90 1000
Men’s back or chest & stomach 45 600
Men’s half back 30 400
Men’s shoulders 30 250
Men’s buttocks 30 300
Men’s front or rear neck 15 250
Men’s full beard 30 450

IPL Photo-rejuvenation (green hand piece)

Area Time          Minutes Cost per session
Full face 45 400
Half face 30 275
Quarter face 20 175
Neck 30 300
Décolletage 30 300
Face & Neck 45 600
Neck & Décolletage 30 500
Full face, neck & décolleté 60 700
Hands 15 200
Full Back 60 1000
Consultation 30 complimentary
Test Patch (within 3 days of treatment) 15 complimentary


Buy 3 sessions of the same area and get the fourth free.

If I am interested, what now?

Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. You do not need a GPs referral for this consultation. Or you can have a complementary consultation with one of our Dermal Therapists or Nurses.

Complimentary Consultations

You may wish to speak with one of our qualified Dermal Therapists or Nurse prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this free consultation, a Dermal Therapist/Nurse can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).

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