IPL Hair Removal

Intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal treatments use broad spectrum light to destroy hair follicles. Such treatments are able to reduce hair on the underarms, face, legs, arms, and back.

At LS Aesthetic Clinic, we offer Prowave hair removal as a form of IPL hair removal.


Complete hair removal is not likely in a single IPL treatment, as hair removal is only effective when IPL treatments target hair follicles at a certain stage of growth – the active growth phase.

Realistically, one should expect hair growth reduction of 10-25% per treatment. Generally, multiple sessions are needed, and sessions should typically be spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Differences between IPL and Laser Hair Removal:


Generally, IPL hair removal treatments work best on those with dark hair and fair skin, as the contrast in skin and hair colour allows for the light to be absorbed mainly by the hair follicle.

In contrast,laser hair removal treatments aim concentrated light pulses that is targeted precisely at hair follicles, destroying it while keeping surrounding skin unharmed. As a result, laser hair removal treatments are safe and suitable for all skin types.

No of Treatments Needed:

Due to the precise targeting of laser hair removal treatments , less treatment sessions are generally required to achieve results, as compared to IPL treatments.

Length of Treatment:

In the past, laser treatment sessions tended to be longer in duration as a topical anaesthetic was (and still is) applied to the skin to make the treatment more comfortable for patients.

On the other hand, IPL treatments tended to be shorter as no numbing cream was required, reducing treatment time without sacrificing patient discomfort. An IPL hair removal session then for both legs could be completed within 15 minutes, whereas a back hair removal session could be completed within 20 minutes.

But with IPL machines getting more powerful nowadays, some patients might require the application of a topical anaesthetic to make their treatment more tolerable, in turn making the treatment duration relatively similar to that of laser treatments .