IPL Hair Removal

Excess body hair can be unsightly, difficult or inconvenient to remove, with traditional shaving, waxing & depilatory creams all being temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis. At River Aesthetics we champion the use of the M22 Intense Pulsed Light system, a pain-free solution that uses pulses of laser light to damage the hair follicle for permanent hair removal.

Smooth & Silky

IPL hair removal is a gentle and precise way to permanently remove hair that is suitable for all skin types and areas such as the underarm, bikini area, legs, back & shoulders, chest & abdomen, lip and chin. After each treatment the hair becomes finer, softer and eventually, less visible.

An FDA approved process that gives long-term hair reduction of up to 90%, laser hair removal is a safe procedure that isn’t abrasive to the skin and has no detrimental effects to the skin. You can expect to see the best results with a course of at least 6 treatments, after which the hair will have been reduced dramatically and the skin left silky-smooth.

Contact River Aesthetics today to book your IPL Hair Removal consultation.


How does IPL hair removal work?

A short burst of light is fired at the skin’s surface. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, where it heats and destroys the hair. If the hair is in the growth stage (anagen), the heat is transmitted down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle and to the germ cells lining the follicle shaft, causing their destruction. Hair caught in the growth stage will not grow again. Other follicles, which are not actively growing may produce new hair. These follicles will need to be targeted in the growth stage to effect follicle damage therefore a course of treatment is required.

How many treatments will I need to be hair free?

Everyone is different and it is just not possible to be accurate. Somewhere between 6 and 8 IPL hair remover treatments are usually required. The exact number will vary depending on where the hair is, what has been done to the hair in the past and, of course, your individual response.

What areas can be treated with IPL Hair Removal?

Suitable for underarm, bikini area, legs, back & shoulders, chest & abdomen, lip and chin.

Can all hair colours be treated?

IPL depilation works best on dark hair because dark hair contains more pigment to absorb light. However, IPL hair removal can work on lighter hair too but will not respond on white, grey and very blonde hair. We always carry out a patch test beforehand.

Is the treatment permanent?

Yes, actively growing hair follicles will be destroyed. However, as with all depilation methods, only actively growing follicles are affected, so dormant or ‘resting’ hair follicles may start to produce hair at a later time. This ‘new growth’ (not re-growth) would need to be treated in the same manner.

Is the treatment painful?

Most people experience no more than a slight tingling sensation. Some people describe IPL hair remover as a flick of an elastic band. In this case more attention is paid to cooling the skin, before, during and after treatment, to minimise skin reactions and discomfort.

Treatment Summary

Procedure Time
30 - 60 Minutes
Recommended No. of Treatments
6 - 8
Not Required
Side Effects
Mild redness and swollen follicles
1 - 2 Months
Duration of Results
Back to Work
Full Recovery

Treatment Results

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Dr Victoria Manning - River Aesthetics

Dr Victoria Manning


This is the gold standard for permanent hair removal, it’s so lovely being hair free all summer”

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