Does IPL at home work? Philips Lumea Review - Indiana Jo (2022)

Does the Philips Lumea work? I googled this extensively before I bought my IPL machine and, I couldn’t really get a straight answer. So I decided to go ahead, buy one and write a Philips Lumea review myself.

It’s taken me over a year to write this. Not because I’m lazy…or because I’ve been sat at home marvelling my silky soft legs. It’s because my review is mixed and I’ve wanted to give the Philips Lumea a good run for its money before coming to a conclusion.

Philips Lumea Review – the short answer

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If you’re impatient and want the nutshell version of whether the Philips Lumea IPL works, my best ‘sum up’ answer is:yes, but not as well as you probably hope or expect.

I know, that’s not the most helpful reply but you’ll understand why when you read the detailed review below.

For me (and a lot of other people leaving reviews for Philips’ IPL at-home device), it’s one of those products that has a list of pros and cons and whether it’s worth buying and trying comes down to your specific needs and, let’s face it, body hair.

Should you buy it? I’d lean towards yes because it has significantly reduced my body hair and over the course of a year, it’s paid for itself versus waxing. There are a bunch of other benefits too.

But will it leave you hair free? The answer is no. However, no at-home hair removal machine will do that. And any advertising material that tells you otherwise is telling big, fat hairy lies.

Now I’m going to jump into the full review. I won’t bother going into what is IPL hair removal or the fact that it can only be used by people with certain skin tones and hair colours. I presume you already know that. Otherwise, click on those links above if you don’t.

You can check prices for the Philips Lumea here forAmazon UK or here forAmazon USA.

Philips Lumea Review in detail

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A word on sponsorship: I paid for my Philips Lumea with my very own money. I’ve not been paid or sponsored by Philips to write this. If you do buy the Philips Lumea through a link on this page, I will make a small commission (at no extra cost to you). But that hasn’t swayed my Philips Lumea review in the slightest. If it did, you’d be about to read a glowing ‘go buy it’ review together with photoshopped pictures of sleek and smooth legs instead of the patchy fuzz on my dry, vein riddled lallies.

Warning: I get personal. I’ve used my Philips Lumea machine on my legs, underarms and bikini area. In reference to the latter, and removing hair from that area, I’m going to give you some straight up details that might make any more conservative readers feel a bit uncomfortable. I apologise and hope you can skim reads the bits that make you squirm. You will, however, be pleased to know there are no pictures of any intimate areas – this is not * that * kind of blog.

What I do include below is some pictures of my underarms and legs a few weeks after doing IPL (after doing a few courses of it). I haven’t edited the photos and they’re not pretty – pale legs that are in desperate need of some sun and am I the first person to take a series of underarm selfies? Not easy to do, I can tell you.

Why I wanted to try IPL at home

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I’m pretty damn hairy. There, I said it.

Sure, I’m British but I have dark hair and it gets darker the further south you go, if you know what I mean.

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I also travel. A lot. Sometimes for months at a time. And usually to places that are hot, hot, hot. So, I don’t tend to want to carry a lady rug around in my underwear or nestled in the pit of my arm. Not in 30-40 degree heat. No, siree.

Add the fact that I often go to developing countries. or countries where I don’t speak the language and you can start to see why getting a regular wax is a challenge.

Not convinced? Here are some of my worst waxing and hair removal experiences overseas:

  • watching the waxing lady put the used hot wax back into the pot after she pulled it off my legs in Bolivia. I had open wounds in the form of mosquito bites at the time. Cue: years of worrying I had a communicable disease every time I had any form of cold or flu symptom.
  • being waxed with strips of denim in India. That would have been cool if it wasn’t used/worn denim and didn’t hurt like hell.
  • having an old-school veet strip applied to my bikini area which removed not one bit of hair it was so old and dried. The beautician persisted like this for half an hour before turning to the tweezers (Peru).
  • laughing as a friend (in the same room because, ‘no space’) had wax pulled from her butt cheeks with sheets of A4 paper. She only wanted her legs doing. Paper cuts at stake (Cambodia).
  • agreeing to a wax then finding out it was actually a threading (Vietnam).
  • giving myself bruised welts because I thought I could use the microwave wax like all the other ladies did in Spain.
  • burning myself in a place I can’t even talk about trying epilation cream ‘down there’ when I’d become too jaded by my waxing experiences overseas but wanted to hit the beach (Mexico).

And all of this is without mentioning the dreaded ingrow. I suffer terribly with ingrown hairs in my bikini area. Given I tend to go for a Brazilian wax, I’ve lost count of the number of products (and amount of money I’ve spent) on post wax/shave/epilation gels, creams and balms. Some work better than others but none work completely. Which often leaves me with red lumps, bumps and spots. Painful and, I’m not afraid to be vain, very unattractive.

What about professional IPL?

I’m probably in the same boat as the rest of you – I’d have zero problems going for professional IPL…if someone else was going to pay for it.

I researched the price of professional laser hair removal before buying my Philips Lumea and there was a huge cost difference. IPL charges per area and is around £1,000 per zone ($1,500 equivalent). That would be around £3,000 to treat my lower legs, bikini and underarm. I suspect it would be more if I wanted more than just my bikini ‘line’ blasted away. And that’s not taking the upper leg into account.

It’s worth noting, that the professional IPL price is for a finite number of treatments – 8 – which means that top-up treatments at extra cost are likely. And most importantly, it still doesn’t promise to make you hair-free. In fact, I can expect up to a maximum of 90% deforestation only.

Compared to a Philips Lumea at around £300, which also doesn’t promise complete hair removal, but can be used for infinite sessions, it was a no brainer to give the Philips Lumea a go first.

Choosing the best laser hair removal machine

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It’s probably fair to say that the Philips Lumea is the market-leading at-home hair removal machine. Of course, I did my research and briefly considered buying the cheaper Braun product, as it was another brand I’d heard of. But it was only a tiny bit cheaper and the Philips Lumea reviews did tend to suggest it performed better.

I’m also a fan of Philips products more generally. I have their Hue lightbulbs in my house (‘Alexa, turn off bedroom light…because I’m too darn idle to get out of bed’) and I use the Philips SAD Lamp in winter and for jet lag because…winter and jet lag and most recently I’ve splurged on the USB charging toothbrush for travel. I’ve always found Philips products deliver better compared to cheaper alternatives I’ve tried.

What about the much cheaper IPL machines?Though I haven’t tried any of them, I’d seriously save your money. The Philips Lumea didn’t make me as permanently hair free as I’d hoped and they are regularly touted as the best IPL machine for use at home. If Philips can’t make it all go away, I’d bet a machine at half the price won’t do the job any better. Of course, I’m always open to being wrong so let me know if you’ve found the elusive unicorn of a good but cheap IPL machine.

For the record, I ended up buying the Philips Lumea Prestige. Why this machine? Very simply, it was the one that was on offer on Amazon when I hit buy on Black Friday. IPL machines are the perfect buy on Black Friday or during holiday season sales. I saved well over £100 on my machine which made the decision to try IPL at home that much easier. A few people have asked me which model I bought. It was a few years ago so my model is probably old but in case it helps, I have the BR1956/00 (I’ve just double-checked in my Amazon account).

Setting your expectations for IPL at home

What’s the point in throwing down £300-£500/$500-$600 if it’s not going to make you hair-free? That was my biggest deliberation when I was trying to decide whether to buy a Philips Lumea or not. But here’s the thing, even that £3,000 professional laser treatment isn’t going to remove your hair permanently or totally. Nothing is. Or at least nothing that you want to try. Skin flaying, anyone?

So, it’s important to set your expectations. Doing IPL isn’t about getting 100% hair-free. It’s about reducing your hair thickness and growth to a more maintainable level. I have a good, long list of pros coming up – focus on them. And also compare IPL to your current hair removal system. I can almost guarantee it’s going to be better, simple and cheaper in the long run.

My Philips Lumea IPL experience

Quality of the Philips Lumea

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Out of the box, the IPL machine has a high quality feel – smooth, ergonomic looking and, best of all, a neat pouch to put everything in and keep the various attachment heads safe. It’s pretty compact though the battery on the plug is huge so often takes up more than one space on my power bank.

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Sadly, I tend to pack light so it’s overall too big and heavy for me to take on my travels, which means I still need to plan my IPL sessions around being at home, but for most people that won’t be an issue.

Philips Lumea Instructions

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The instruction manual is horrific. In fact, I think my car manual is both shorter and more absorbing with fewer safety warnings.

Thankfully, there is a free app that is much more user-friendly.

The IPL hair zapping phase

Out of the box, it took me under 5 minutes to get set up and ready to zap my hair.

The general idea is that you give your hairs one good and consistent zap over the initial phase and then enter into a maintenance program.

The initial phase takes about 4-5 sessions every two weeks. So, about 8-10 weeks assuming you’re diligent, which I was – because I wanted those hairs gone.

The science behind the initial phase is that each follicle has two hairs and they grow at different rates. I knew this from years of waxing. By zapping the blighters over an 8-10 week period, you make sure you get all of them at every stage of growth.

The IPL maintenance phase

You’re then supposed to give yourself a top-up blast every 4-8 weeks to keep the hairs at bay.

Was it easy to use the Philips Lumea?

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The machine itself I’d give a 9/10 on ease of use.

Switch it on and select the right head (each corresponds with a body part with handy images).

Go into ‘inspector’ mode and hold the head of the machine over your body part so it can choose a setting that’s right for your skin and hair colour in that area.

Then zap away. You can do this by pressing the trigger to zap, then repositioning to the next area, and zapping again. In the case of larger areas like legs, you can keep your finger on the trigger and just move the head over your legs.

When you’re done, change the head to the next body part, do the inspection to get the right intensity and off you go again.

Tips:

  • you do not need a white pencil to mark the areas – it blocks the laser (I mention this because there are lots of articles about it on the inter webs);
  • it’s quicker (you’ll have less recharge time between each zap) if you use the Lumea plugged in – the zaps will be almost instant.

Tip needed – I struggle to get the leg head to align with the thinner parts of my leg, mainly around the shin. There just isn’t enough width/flesh of my shin for the machine to make contact. This means I have to point the IPL at odd angles to get it to work. I find this the most frustrating part of using the Philips Lumea so any tips welcome on how to do this better.

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Is IPL painful?

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Answer – yes and no. On my underarms, I feel zero pain. On my legs, a couple of zings that people have likened to having an elastic band snapping on you. I didn’t find it that bad…on my legs. But oh Lordy Lord does it hurt down there.

Now, I might be doing this against all sensible advice, but I’m trying to achieve a Brazilian bikini wax effect so I’m zapping everywhere (though absolutely not the inside areas that a waxing lady might get her wax into. But definitely my labia (or lips if we’re being less formal). The pain level around my thighs and the top front of my lady parts isn’t too bad but once I start to track further underneath, the pain intensifies dramatically. Or at least it does for me. I would liken the pain to being snapped by an elastic band, but the kind of band that is as wide as a car and that has been snapped from around a mile away.

The downside is the bravery it requires to point some sort of gun-shaped device at your own lady parts and know it’s going to feel like being shot with 1,000 elastic bands. The upside is that it’s quick. Super quick. Far quicker than a Brazilian wax and in fewer than 6 yelps (3 each side), it’s done.

Until next time.

Tips:

  • if you’re not doing anything vaguely Brazilian, I’m sure you’ll feel low to no pain.
  • I take the intensity level down as I reach my more sensitive areas. I’ve had to trade less results for less pain because otherwise I just can’t do it to myself.
  • what about getting the Brazilian shape right? I’ve been wearing a skimpy g-string on backwards. It also makes me feel like I’m protecting the very sensitive inner parts from accidentally getting shot.

A word on pre-care. You have to remove all the hair from the area you zap before you do it. If you don’t, it’s not only less effective, you’re going to smell a lot of singed hair. (Do you really want your neighbours to smell something burning and call the firefighters in while you’re wearing a backwards g-string and pointing a gun-like machine at yourself? Oh? You do…go for it, then.)When I first started out, the advice was to shave, which I hate on my bikini area because it causes horrific ingrown hairs. I’ve just re-read the advice and apparently waxing is also ok, which is good news as I get fewer angry ingrows. But at the same time becomes a double-whammy of time and cost. So, I do tend to stick to the cheaper shaving option as I assume most people will do.

I use a cheap bikini trimmer before using the Lumea(the Philips one, funnily enough – promise this isn’t sponsored). For my legs and underarms, I use a plain old disposable razor.

Update:I’ve had a lot of comments asking about waxing before IPL and whether youreallycan do that, since IPL is supposed to focus on killing the hair follicle. I thought the same and I’ve checked the Philips website many times and it says over and again that it’s ok. Here’s the screenshot which says… “If you choose to wax…”

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How long does IPL take?

The Philips Lumea was really easy to pick up (as a skill, not just physically) and after a few sessions it would take me:

  • under 5 minutes to do both armpits.
  • under 5 minutes to do my bikini area (longer if you spend time chanting ‘I can’t do it – be brave – I can’t do it’).
  • under 10 minutes for each lower leg. (I’m 5ft tall. You probably need to add an extra minute per leg if you’re 6ft tall.)

So, definitely under 30 minutes to do those areas including set up and put away of the IPL.

Does the Philips Lumea work?

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And we’re full circle back to the summary at the beginning.

Does the Philips Lumea work?

Answer: yes and no.

If I wrote this review after the initial phase, this would have been filled with ‘don’t bother, waste of time, waste of money’ comments. I was genuinely disappointed. My hair didn’t seem any different.

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Knowing it was too late to send the IPL machine back, I decided to give it another full go. And that’s when I started to see results. I don’t know if I’m harming myself by doing this (hopefully not and nothing has happened to my skin in the year I’ve been doing this) but I think a few ‘initial treatment’ phases are required to really have a noticeable impact on your hair.

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I imagine the results will vary from person to person and body area to body area but after three initial treatments with breaks in between (some caused by lack of motivation, some due to travel), my hair reached a point where it was noticeably patchy. Not ideal for your lady garden if it’s being regularly visited and you need to explain you don’t have downstairs alopecia. Or worse, something communicable (I still worry about that wax in Bolivia). But in terms of taking a lady rug to a hot country, it was noticeably cooler (and, sorry to be disgusting, but less sweaty) down there.

Meanwhile, I’ve buried the lead because my legs and underarms have achieved almost hair free states (having adjusted my expectation and knowing I wasn’t going to achieve hair-free). After those initial treatments, my underarm hairs have become wisps that friends genuinely tell me they can’t see, even when I’m paranoid that I looked like a yeti. And when I went to have my legs waxed professionally (as part of a combi-wax for a wedding), the waxing lady joked about my legs: ‘there’s nothing there to wax’.

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Overall, it was a pretty significant win, with better results possible if I could just persist at shooting elastic bands at my bikini area.

It’s worth noting where I was hair-wise before I started IPL – I’d been waxing for about 10 years (legs and underarms). I rarely took a razor to my legs but would regularly shave my underarms between waxing sessions. I was slower to the waxing table with my bikini area (pain and embarrassment were factors), so there was definitely more work to be done. Coupled with the fact that ‘those’ hairs are more fierce anyway and I wasn’t surprised to have less success downstairs.

What if you don’t do the IPL maintenance?

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all got a million other things to do besides hair removal. Which is one of the reasons we want to do IPL in the first place. But here’s the thing – both with at home IPL and professional IPL, it requires upkeep. And this is where I fell down.

Months passed and I basked in the confidence that I’d zapped my hairs but month by month they started to gain strength. I shaved, I waxed but, especially in winter, I couldn’t bring myself to stand in the cold and use my Philips Lumea. And the hairs came back. Not quite as strong as they’d been before but enough that I’ve just decided it’s time to do another initial phase – I’ve let things get way past maintenance.

I’m frustrated with myself. If I’d got my arse into gear and spent just 30 minutes once a month, I’m sure I could have kept things under control. As it is, I’m not back to square one. I at least have reduced hairs to work on, but I need to do the initial 8-10 weeks again.

It’s easy to see this as a downside – the regular maintenance – but at the same time, it’s a huge plus having the machine already there and paid for and ready to go. I’d have been much more furious if I’d skipped the maintenance on a £3k treatment and started to see the hairs regrow with force.

Also on the plus side, my waxing lady thinks I’m not too far off a genuine maintenance routine. She has seen how many of my hairs (even in my bikini area) have weakened significantly. And this had the bonus of making my wax trips that bit less painful.

Is the Philips Lumea app any good?

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Compared to the user manual, the app is slick. It’s also used to remind you of your next IPL session, to keep you on track. The trouble arose when I skipped a session and I couldn’t see how to change the date (and therefore change further dates). After some fiddling around with it so I could write this review, it turns out you just go in and hit ‘start treatment’ and it logs the new date for you. That simple, huh?

I do find the app a bit frustrating – it’s useful the first time as it tells you what to expect, what to do and gives you some encouraging words for your hair zapping journey. But by the time you’re doing your 3rd ‘initial treatment’ you don’t want to have to tap through 6 screens for each body part just to record it’s been done. If you’re organised enough, just use your calendar after the first few sessions.

Philips Lumea pros and cons

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Pros of Philips Lumea

  • it actually thins and even kills lots of hairs, which shaving definitely won’t and waxing takes a long time to achieve
  • I can go weeks, even months without thinking about dealing with my leg hairs
  • if I keep up the IPL, my underarm hairs become wisps of nothing
  • it’s significantly cheaper than professional IPL
  • it’s quicker than going to appointments for waxing or IPL
  • it’s quicker and therefore less painful than waxing
  • there’s no waxing swelling or welts or rash (assuming the shaving doesn’t trigger that for you)
  • it’s less embarrassing than a wax (if that bothers you)
  • you have the machine for life so you can dip back in and out as the mood takes you – you’ll have slower results but less commitment than professional IPL
  • I’ve definitely recovered the cost in one year compared to waxing appointments

Cons of Philips Lumea

  • it’s not pain free
  • it’s not 100% effective
  • it requires persistence – over months and even years
  • you have to remove your hair before using it which is expensive if you opt to wax first
  • it’s less effective on the bikini area compared to the legs or underarms (or at least it was for me)
  • is it really suitable for the more intimate parts of the bikini area?
  • the leg attachment isn’t a good fit for bony shins
  • you’ll never feel as smooth afterwards compared to having a wax
  • it’s boring so your commitment and therefore hairlessness might wane
  • you need to time it right before sunshine exposure (probably also true of waxing?)
  • there are some areas to avoid – scars, moles, varicose veins

So, that’s my Philips Lumea review. If you want to go ahead and buy one, you can find some of the best prices usually on Amazon UK or Amazon USA. Try to buy around a holiday and you’re likely to get a heavy discount.

I hope my review has helped. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve got any questions or if you’ve got your own thoughts on using the Philips Lumea.

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FAQs

How long does it take to see results with Philips Lumea? ›

Philips say it takes 1 to 2 weeks for treated hairs to fall out. You'll still see hair growth in these early weeks. They're likely hairs from new, growing follicles or hairs your zaps missed. Shave before your next treatments, and/or in between sessions as you need to.

Why is Philips Lumea not FDA approved? ›

Low fluence - In order to get FDA approval, the power of these home based hair removal devices is a lot lower than the lasers that are used professionally. They typically operate at < 20 Joules / cm (2) and this is not a high enough fluence for more permanent disfiguration for those with light skin colour.

Are home IPL machines effective? ›

The bottom line. Both IPL at home and getting laser done in a salon are effective semi-permanent hair removal methods, but the right treatment for you will largely depend on your skin tone, hair colour, and what you care about when removing hair.

Does Philips Lumea remove hair permanently? ›

Salons use a very high-intensity light for this procedure, which can be painful. Whereas, the flashes released by Philips Lumea are much gentler. However, both treatments give the same hair removal results. 100% permanent hair removal is highly unlikely, regardless whether you use IPL at your home or at a salon.

Why is my IPL hair removal not working? ›

You might have a hormonal imbalance

One of the top reasons why IPL hair removal doesn't work boils down to hormones. Yes, believe it or not hormonal conditions can lead to ineffective hair removal. Our hormones encourage hair growth with the most common one being testosterone.

What is the most effective laser hair removal machine? ›

Alexandrite (755 nm)

The Alexandrite laser hair removal system is the most frequently used laser on the market because it is so quick and extremely effective. Alexandrite (“Alex” for short) can provide quick treatments on large body surface areas due to fast laser pulse repetition rates and larger treatment spot sizes.

What is the best at home laser hair removal 2021? ›

Our Picks
  • Best Overall: SmoothSkin Pure Fit.
  • Best Splurge: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X.
  • Best for Body: Braun Silk Expert Pro3 Permanent Hair Removal System.
  • Best for Coarse Hair: Silk'n Infinity.
  • Best for Dark Skin: Iluminage TOUCH Permanent Hair Reduction System.
  • Best for the Face: Tria Precision Hair Removal Laser.
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Can I use Philips Lumea every week? ›

We recommend using Philips Lumea once every two weeks for the first four treatments to achieve significant hair reduction results. To maintain these results, repeat the treatments every 4 weeks for 8 times. The results may vary based on your individual hair regrowth and also across different body areas.

What happens if I use my IPL too often? ›

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No, having IPL laser hair removal more frequently than suggested would not hasten the process of hair removal. Treating the same area more than once in a single session will not improve efficacy and may cause skin irritation. It's fair to want to get the results faster, but don't go overboard.

Does IPL Work on pubic hair? ›

IPL is safe for use on the bikini line, but it isn't suitable for the genital area where the skin may have a darker colour and where there is a greater hair density, which would absorb more light energy and may cause discomfort.

Can I use at-home IPL twice a week? ›

You might be wondering, Can I use IPL every week? And the answer is yes! In fact, using your handset once a week for the first 12 weeks is a good idea. After this initial period, you could then start using your handset once every 3 to 4 weeks for best results.

Can you use Philips Lumea on neck? ›

Recent research shows that men could use Philips Lumea on most areas of the body, except the face and neck including all beard-growing areas (due to the different hair type with thicker and coarser hair), the whole genital area (pubic bone and scrotum) and anus.

Can you use Philips Lumea on face? ›

Unfortunately, Philips Lumea is not suitable for treatment of facial areas. Our Lumea range has been designed for gentle application on body areas below the neckline.

Can you use Philips Lumea on breasts? ›

They do work, but they may take a lot longer to see results. If you are doing it around your breasts, the beam does not penetrate as deep as a regular machine.

Why does IPL not work on some people? ›

If your treatment provider tells you they can treat your light hair, be sure their machine is capable of doing so, or if you believe that your treatment is not working, your hair may be too light to treat with a standard IPL or laser machine.

Can IPL make hair growth worse? ›

Answer: IPL can rarely cause a paradoxical increase in hair growth. It happens very rarely and more often in patients with some hormonal abnormality, like polycystic ovary syndrome, but not necessarily just under those circumstances.

What happens when you stop using IPL? ›

So after a course of IPL hair removal, we will have destroyed the suitable treated follicle's and they will never grow back, but there is a strong possibility that a brand new follicle may activate or follicles, not in the 'anagen' phase will still grow.

How long do Lumea results last? ›

What the Philips Lumea does: It is designed to give six months of hair-free smoothness. Philips says that “Objective studies show up to 92% hair reduction in as little as three treatments.”

Do I have to shave my upper lip before IPL? ›

Shaving & dermaplaning your face before your IPL and laser sessions works best. This is why is works best: Shaving cuts your hairs super-close to your skin. Therefore, there's no hair on the surface to absorb the pulses or flashes of light energy.

How long does it take for hair to fall out after IPL? ›

After IPL hair removal

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.

Which is more effective IPL or laser hair removal? ›

Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves substantially better results than IPL with most clients achieving optimal results of permanent hair removal of 80% or greater after four to eight treatments. However, IPL machines do have an important place in the treatment of skin.

What is the most effective permanent hair removal? ›

Permanent: Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method of permanent hair removal. Versatility: According to the American Electrology Association, electrolysis is effective for people with any skin type, skin color, hair type, and hair color. Electrolysis is suitable for any area of the body — including the eyebrows.

Does IPL last forever? ›

We refer to IPL as a semi-permanent hair removal treatment as although the initial course of treatments will remove all of your hair follicles your body will eventually produce and develop more. We find that clients typically require a 'top-up' treatment once every six to twelve months to keep unwanted hair away!

Can you use at-home laser hair removal on pubic hair? ›

You can absolutely remove pubic hair with an at-home laser hair removal device. What is this? Just ensure you've shaved the treatment area first to avoid burns, start on the lowest power setting, and use numbing cream if you find it painful to treat this area.

Can I use home laser hair removal every day? ›

You'll need to have patience.

As mentioned, you'll need anywhere between five to eight sessions — no matter if that's at the salon or with an at-home laser hair removal device — to let the hair fall out naturally after each growth cycle. You can treat the area as little as once every two weeks.

What happens if I do laser hair removal too often? ›

What Happens If You Wait Too Long Between Laser Hair Removal Treatments? In short: nothing. And that's the problem! If you want too long between treatments, your hair follicles won't be damaged enough to stop growing hair.

Is it better to shave or wax before IPL? ›

Like any form of laser hair removal or salon Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) procedures, you have to shave. It is not advisable to wax, epilate or pluck, because IPL hair removal treatment requires the hair to be intact with the hair follicle to be effective.

Why do you have to wait 2 weeks between IPL treatments? ›

Why do most patients need more than one IPL session? Every IPL treatment builds upon the previous one, allowing the skin to react gradually. Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute utilizes advanced Spectrum Laser technology for their intense pulsed light treatments.

Can I do IPL 2 days in a row? ›

It is recommended that you wait 3-4 weeks normally between IPL treatments and I would absolutely not do it on someone after only 2 days, unless we are treating totally different areas. The skin needs time to respond to what was done and retreating after 2 days could potentially damage the skin or even create burns.

What happens if I use IPL more than once a week? ›

What happens if I use VISS IPL more often, will is see better/ quicker results? No, using your VISS IPL more often than recommended will not speed up the hair removal process. You should treat the same area 3 rounds in one session since this will improve efficacy.

Should I moisturize before IPL? ›

Use a moisturizer with 30+ SPF to protect your skin from sun exposure. Avoid smoking at least six weeks before IPL. Stop any medications that may cause excess bleeding. Discontinue antibiotics (if advised by your general physician)

Can I use Philips Lumea on my balls? ›

Males. For males, Lumea is safe to treat pubic hairs. Nevertheless, Lumea cannot be used on the whole genital area (pubic bone, and scrotum) and anus.

How many times a week can you do IPL? ›

Since IPL photofacials are nonsurgical and noninvasive, this treatment can be performed roughly once a month, or once every four weeks, until your desired result has been attained.

How long does at home IPL take to work? ›

That said, a small study on at-home IPL devices published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology reported a 78 percent reduction in amount of hair at the one-month mark and a 72 percent reduction after three months, with participants receiving biweekly treatments with an at-home device over the course of ...

Why can you only do IPL once a week? ›

Answer: Time Between Laser Hair Removal

It is because hair grows in cycles that span form several weeks to several months. This is why it takes a month or two for hair to reappear after waxing.

Does IPL remove hyperpigmentation? ›

A treatment for hyperpigmentation in the medical spa space is called an intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) treatment. An IPL treatment is wonderful for removing hyperpigmentation caused by both internal and external influences, and aims to restore a balanced, glowing complexion.

How many sessions of IPL hair removal do you need? ›

Normally six to eight treatment sessions are needed to provide a permanent reduction of hair growth. This is because at any given time some of the follicles in the treatment area won't be in the growth phase. We spread our treatments out to make sure that hair that isn't treated in one session is affected in the next.

How often should you use Philips Lumea? ›

Initial treatment schedule

For the first 4 treatments, use Lumea once every two weeks to ensure that all hairs are treated. Treat yourself within 3 days before or after the planned treatment date. If you have not treated yourself within 3 days before or after the planned treatment date, restart the initial phase.

How long do Lumea results last? ›

What the Philips Lumea does: It is designed to give six months of hair-free smoothness. Philips says that “Objective studies show up to 92% hair reduction in as little as three treatments.”

How long should I use Philips Lumea? ›

To maintain hair-free skin, we recommend repeating the Lumea treatment every four to eight weeks.

What happens after using Philips Lumea? ›

After using Lumea, your skin may appear slightly red and/or may prickle. This reaction usually disappear quickly. Some women describe the IPL treatment as creating a warm, tingly or prickly sensation. In most cases these sensations disappear within a few minutes.

Does IPL Work on pubic hair? ›

IPL is safe for use on the bikini line, but it isn't suitable for the genital area where the skin may have a darker colour and where there is a greater hair density, which would absorb more light energy and may cause discomfort.

Can I use Lumea on my face? ›

Unfortunately, Philips Lumea is not suitable for treatment of facial areas. Our Lumea range has been designed for gentle application on body areas below the neckline.

Can you use Philips Lumea on upper lip? ›

It's perfect for smaller areas of the body, like the upper lip, bikini line and underarms, but as the device is difficult to use on the legs, perhaps a visit to the salon would give more effective, quicker results.

Do you have to do IPL forever? ›

Unlike laser hair removal, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is not permanent. However, it can significantly reduce hair growth in general and gives you smooth legs for longer than waxing. IPL requires multiple treatments in the short term when you first begin.

Can I use Philips Lumea every 2 weeks? ›

You normally use a Lumea fortnightly for 8-10 weeks, not 4. I would keep using it every 2 weeks, it won't do you any harm. Oh and using it more often won't make much difference due to hair growing cycles.

Does hair fall out after home IPL? ›

After IPL hair removal

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.

Can I IPL every day? ›

All in all, you should not use IPL every day. Also, if you wait any longer between sessions, the hair will recuperate and begin to grow back in earnest. After the fourth session, though, you can be more forceful and apply the IPL product if you detect any hair growing back through until it completely stops.

Can you do Philips Lumea every week? ›

We recommend using Philips Lumea once every two weeks for the first four treatments to achieve significant hair reduction results. To maintain these results, repeat the treatments every 4 weeks for 8 times. The results may vary based on your individual hair regrowth and also across different body areas.

Can I do IPL twice a week? ›

You might be wondering, Can I use IPL every week? And the answer is yes! In fact, using your handset once a week for the first 12 weeks is a good idea. After this initial period, you could then start using your handset once every 3 to 4 weeks for best results.

What happens if IPL too often? ›

What happens if I use the Philips Lumea Prestige more frequently than every two weeks? It is not harmful; however, it won't improve the results due to the natural cycle of hair regrowth, and I therefore wouldn't recommend it. * Adherence to the treatment plan; detected at the legs after the third treatment.

Can home IPL cause more hair growth? ›

Answer: IPL can rarely cause a paradoxical increase in hair growth. It happens very rarely and more often in patients with some hormonal abnormality, like polycystic ovary syndrome, but not necessarily just under those circumstances.

Do I have to shave my upper lip before IPL? ›

Shaving & dermaplaning your face before your IPL and laser sessions works best. This is why is works best: Shaving cuts your hairs super-close to your skin. Therefore, there's no hair on the surface to absorb the pulses or flashes of light energy.

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