IPL Hair Removal Perth - Academy Facial Plastics & Laser Specialist (08) 9382 4800
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IPL Hair Removal Perth (08) 9382 4800

Academy Facial Plastics - IPL Hair Removal Perth

Academy Facial Plastics - IPL Hair Removal Perth provide a range of alternative hair removal treatments to laser hair removal, to get rid of unwanted hair including IPL hair removal and SPL laser hair removal. As one of Perth's leading hair removal and beauty clinics we also offer various treatments.


Why have IPL (intense pulse light) treatment at Academy Facial Plastics?


We have two top of the range IPL systems (not all IPL’s are created equal).

  • The treatments are performed by qualified Dermal Therapists.  A Dermal Therapist has a national recognized qualification – an Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Dermal Science.
  • Our Dermal Therapists are also supervised, and work under the guidance of, a team of doctors.
  • We perform very necessary skin test patches – absolutely free! 
  • We provide you with a complimentary consultation so you can make an informed decision.
  • Your treatment outcome is very important to us.

What is IPL and how does it work?

Intense Pulsed Light 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 and many skin conditions and is a great alternative treatment to laser hair removal.

What can IPL treat?

.       Freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation
.       Facial veins e.g. spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries
.       Redness, rosacea and red scarring
.       Poikiloderma (pigmentation and a spotty look to the neck/décolletage)
.       Unwanted dark facial and body hair
.       Uneven skin colouring
.       Sun damage

Contraindications (reasons why IPL may not be suitable for you)

.       If you are sunburnt
.       Unprotected sun exposure or solarium use 4 weeks prior to treatment
.       Pregnancy
.       History of seizures
.       If you have severe dermatitis or eczema in the treatment area
.       Current infection
.       If you have used Roaccutane in the last 6 months
.       If you have Herpes 1 or 2 within the treatment area
.       If your skin is dark        
.       Removing hair by the root (waxing/tweezing 4 weeks prior to treatment

Potential Complications:

At Academy Facial Plastics we perform test spots within 3 days prior to your treatment, to allow an accurate evaluation of the skins response. This significantly reduces potential complications, which include:

  • Redness and swelling lasting up to 4 days
  • 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.
  • 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.

Why do I need several treatments?

Hair grows in 3 phases. IPL can only treat the hair during the phase 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 IPL must be performed over a number of sessions, and with a certain time frame between treatments, to achieve the best result. The face usually needs 6-8 weeks between treatments and all other areas 10-12 weeks.  Depending on your skin and hair colour, you will need between 4-10 treatments of IPL.


No IPL system can achieve 100% hair removal - we can only achieve approximately 70% to 90% hair reduction.  The small amount of hair that remains is generally lighter and finer.

After your IPL hair treatment


  • 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.


Please contact one of our friendly, helpful Client Coordinators to book your complimentary consultation with a Dermal Therapist on 9382 4800.