If you’ve been thinking about trying Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal treatment, now is a perfect time. As the weather cools, the conditions for successful treatment are just right and here’s why.

IPL hear removal is more responsive to winter skin

IPL hair removal works by light being attracted to dark pigments in hair follicles, so the higher the contrast between skin and hair colour, the better the result. Darker skin can interfere with the process making it hard for the light to target the hair follicles accurately and safely. During winter, when everybody is rugged up and hiding from the elements, their skin tends to be lighter, so it is possible you may be able to achieve the same result in fewer treatments.

Less exposure to the sun

It is essential to take care of the skin after IPL hair removal by avoiding exposure to direct sunlight. The treated skin is sensitive, and exposure to UV rays can lead to redness, inflammation, and irritation. During winter, you are more likely to be covered up with warm clothing, giving your skin a chance to recover from the treatment.

Improved healing after IPL skin rejuvenation

If you’re interested in IPL skin rejuvenation to treat skin conditions like acne, broken capillaries, or uneven colouring, winter is also a great time to consider treatment. IPL specialists generally advise clients to avoid sun exposure and high temperatures to give the skin time to recover. As skin often looks worse before it gets better with this treatment, being able to rug up and cover up makes it easier to conceal the treated areas.

Be permanently hair-free by summer

Last but not least, by scheduling your IPL treatment in winter, you can be entirely and permanently hair-free by summer. To achieve permanent results, approximately eight treatments are required, so if you time it right across winter and spring, you will be all set for summer.

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At home IPL devices have become increasingly popular, with countless Instagram influencers now spruiking them, but do they really work and do you know the possible risks?

Firstly, we use the Cutera ProWave hair removal system which uses an infrared light to target the base of the hair follicle. The intense pulsed light is absorbed by the pigment in each hair follicle and converted into heat, thus damaging the root of the follicle and affecting its ability to grow.

According to manufacturers, the at home IPL devices are less powerful than those used by professionals, while this means associated pain could be reduced it also means sessions will take longer and you may have to treat an area several more time than if the procedure were done at a clinic.

The at home devices are readily available at department stores, specialty stores and online, and are often seen as a cost-effective, convenient option.

The downside of these devices is that consumers aren’t trained in how to use them and are solely responsible to read and understand the directions and safety instructions. If the safety instructions aren’t followed, these devices can pose unnecessary risk, including scars, burns and pigmentary changes, which may require medical or dermatological treatment.

The devices are also not as strong as the devices we are able to use in clinic, so you may need to complete several sessions to get the same results as you would in-clinic.

In-clinic treatments are planned and customised depending on your skin, hair and area you are treating. Our trained cosmetic nurse will talk you through the process and set your expectations from the beginning. We will also provide you with clear aftercare instructions to ensure you are as comfortable as possible post treatment.

If you’re considering IPL, come and talk to us at Mark Lee Plastic Surgeon. We offer complimentary, no obligation IPL and hair removal treatment consultations with our cosmetic nurse. Call 9382 3340 or contact our friendly team today to learn more.

The entire human body is covered in hair. While most of the time hair is fine and not overly noticeable, many of us, both men and women, have darker more obvious hair in places that we simply don’t want it. Whether it comes down to hygiene or personal appearance, excess body hair is considered by those who have it as a bit embarrassing and downright annoying to manage, especially on the legs, arms, underarms, chest and back.

Luckily for us, IPL hair removal treatments have become the norm when it comes to types of hair removal techniques. No longer do women have to speedily shave their legs every day and incur those painful nicks and cuts, nor do men have to endure the awkward and sometimes painful experience of a back wax. With an IPL treatment, men and women can say goodbye to discomfort and irritated skin.

IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, is a type of hair removal treatment that can permanently reduce the growth of hair over time. Here at Mark Lee Plastic Surgeon in Perth, our nurses use the Cutera ProWave IPL system, which harnesses a tailored light source to target hair follicles which absorb the light, thus disabling the follicle.

Because hair grows in cycles and not all hair on the body is at the same stage at any one time, it can take multiple IPL treatments to effective reduce the growth of hair. The quality of the IPL treatment also depends on the thickness and colour of the hair and the amount of hair follicles, but generally speaking it usually takes between four and six treatments to achieve a significant reduction of hair.

The advantages of IPL hair removal include:

  • IPL treatments are best described as a hot flicking sensation, that settles quickly post treatment
  • IPL is one of the safest and most tested methods of permanent hair reduction
  • IPL is a quick treatment that will not prevent you from undertaking your normal daily activities post treatment
  • IPL is suitable for numerous areas of the body, from the small space of the underarms to the large area of the back
  • The most advantageous reason to choose IPL is its ability to permanently reduce hair growth

Have you been thinking about IPL as a possible treatment for hair removal? Come and talk to us at Mark Lee Plastic Surgeon in Perth, we use the latest ProWave hair removal technology available on the market.  We offer a no obligation consultation with our cosmetic nurse at our Perth location to discuss IPL and other hair removal treatments that we offer. Call us on 9382 3340 or click here to contact us for further information regarding IPL.