IPL Leg Hair Removal


Wouldn’t it be great to walk on smooth bare legs and wear short dresses without any care at all about shaving or waxing? How nice would it be to be free of painful ingrown hairs, red bumps and itchy stubbles? This article provides the lowdown on IPL leg hair removal treatment – a permanent hair reduction solution that’s becoming popular nowadays.

IPL stands for intense pulsed light – produced by a special lamp bulb emitting wavelengths from the range of 500 nm to 1200 nm. Through the principle of selective photothermolysis, this light targets melanin and other chromophores to treat various skin disorders and conditions. Thus, it is widely used in the cosmetic industry. Foremost in its uses is hair removal.

What is the procedure like for IPL leg hair removal?

Leg hair removal by IPL treatment will include an initial visit for a consultation. During the consultation, there will be history-taking and assessment of the client’s condition, age, skin, hair color and expectations. This will help to determine the suitability of the client to IPL and how the treatment can be customized to bring out the best results.

During the treatment, the client will be prepared. A cooling gel or cream will be applied to the area of the legs to be treated. An IPL device is used, and this emits light that penetrates the skin. A cooling system soothes the skin and protects it as light converts to heat. The heat energy targets the hair pigment which is abundant in hair follicles of actively-growing hair.  There is a mild sensation of hot rubber band snapping on the skin, but clients report just a slight discomfort.

The session only takes from 30 minutes to one hour and can be conveniently arranged during lunch breaks.

Who are suitable for IPL treatment?

IPL can be used to treat people with skin types of I-IV, or those with fair to light brown complexion, and medium to dark hair. The best response, however, has been observed from people with dark and coarse hair on fair or light skin.

Why is it necessary to have multiple treatments, and how many treatment sessions will there be?

Hairs on all parts of the body occur in 3 different phases – anagen, catagen and telogen. Not all hairs are at the same development phase at the same time, and only those in the anagen, or active-growth phase, respond to IPL treatment. The first IPL treatment, therefore, only affects those hairs in anagen at that time, which is roughly 20% of all hairs. Another session of IPL treatment will catch the next round of hairs in the anagen phase 4-6 weeks later, and so on until the required number of treatments is completed.

The number of treatments for leg hair removal will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated, and whether the treatment is for full legs from the bikini line down, only for the lower part from the knees, or the upper legs. Hair color and skin tones are also factors to be considered. Lighter hair may need more sessions than dark hair on light skin. On the average, there will be 8-10 sessions spaced at intervals of 4-6 weeks.

Do men also get IPL treatments?

While it’s common for women to be obsessive about keeping their facial skin and legs smooth, men are also becoming more concerned about their grooming and keeping hairy parts of their body in check. Shaving, plucking, threading, and waxing of unwanted hairs are time-consuming and impractical in this fast-paced world. It’s not surprising, then, that more permanent reduction methods, such as IPL and laser, are becoming the norm. There’s increasing requests from men for IPL hair removal treatment for facial hairs, back, chest and arms.

What’s the difference between laser and IPL hair removal methods?

There are significant similarities, such as both are light-based methods and both use the principle of photothermolysis to damage hair follicles and remove hair. Both therapies also require multiple sessions and yield permanent hair removal results. These methods vary in several ways.

  • Laser uses a focused single-wavelength light from a laser source; while IPL uses broad-spectrum light from a flash
  • Laser can be adjusted to operate on a specific wavelength to treat a particular target; IPL operates using hundreds of wavelengths on the skin.
  • The sensation felt during an IPL treatment is less intense than that from a laser procedure.

IPL hand-pieces are larger than the laser device and covers larger areas faster.

Keeping your legs silky and flawless can’t get any easier! Call us now and experience top-notch IPL hair removal treatment and professional service from our team! We help turn your expectations to reality, providing you with safe, discrete and leading-edge facilities.


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