IPL / SHR - Hair Removal

How does it work?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and uses a source of broad-spectrum, visible light. This light is specially controlled to remove shorter wavelengths and devised to target specific structures. In hair removal, it is designed to target the melanin pigment in the hairs, while in other uses such as the treatment of spider vein it targets the hemoglobin in the blood. The light energy is absorbed, transferring as heat energy which warms the hair, causing damage to the follicle.

Benefits Of IPL Hair Removal

As broad-spectrum light naturally spreads out, the coverage of IPL hair removal devices is greater than laser hair removal devices. It, therefore, may mean that treatment times may be quicker because larger areas can be treated at once. As well as treatment times being quicker, they may also be considerably cheaper, but you may find that you need more sessions to achieve the same results.

IPL uses a broad spectrum of light, which means it can have different uses. It can be used to treat a variety of different skin conditions very successfully. It can also be altered specifically to match different skin and hair types within a treatment type. For example, a variation of IPL called VPL, which stands for Variable Pulsed Light, has been developed. VPL enables the user to modify the settings of the light pulses to best suit the skin and hair they are aiming to treat. This is because the developers recognize that not only do different skin tones have different requirements for light-based hair removal devices and also that thick, course bikini line hair will require different treatment to thinner arm hair.

SHR Laser Hair removal

SHR stands for Super Hair Removal and it’s the latest breakthrough innovation in IPL technology to launch onto the ever-advancing beauty and aesthetics market. Think IPL or laser hair removal but faster, easier and best of all—painless.

The SHR difference

SHR technology is much like traditional IPL treatment but instead of delivering individual high-intensity shots to the treatment area, SHR scans the treatment zone—gradually heating the skin with repetitive lowfluence pulses until the hair follicle is destroyed, resulting in stunted hair regrowth or complete elimination of the hair follicle.

Hair Growth Cycles

Because hair grows in cycles, it is often necessary to undergo several treatments to totally remove the hair. The three distinct stages of growth are anagen, or active, catagen, or regression and telogen, or resting. During the active phase, the hair is actively growing, and new hair follicles are constantly being added. During the catagen phase, hair follicles are dying and growth has slowed. During the telogen phase, the hair has reached its peak and is no longer growing.

Hairs in the leg, bikini area and underarms are in the active phase for about 4-6 weeks, at which point they enter the mature phase. Since not all hairs will be in the same phase at the same time, laser treatments must be spread out over a period of six weeks or more.


SHR, as opposed to IPL, is much safer and more effective since less intense heat is used to target the hair follicles and inhibit hair regrowth. If not performed correctly by a professional, IPL treatments can actually be more uncomfortable, painful, and even cause ugly side effects such as redness, spots, and hyperpigmentation.


By choosing SHR instead, all the downsides of IPL treatments are minimized. Despite its effectiveness in targeting melanin, IPL is not advised for those with darker skin tones due to their increased sensitivity to the laser’s heat. Here is where SHR completely outperforms IPL – the treatment works great for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin and tanned skin. Utilizing gliding motions, SHR is able to cover a larger area and evenly disperse the heat energy throughout the skin, keeping the skin surface cool.


Using our Specially Formulated Cooling Gel at Regina further enhances the benefits each treatment offers for flawless, smooth and bright skin. In spite of the fact that IPL is technically cheaper than SHR, you will be able to save more money in the long run with SHR because it requires fewer sessions. 


Using IPL For The Face

IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin. When the skin is heated, your body gets rid of the unwanted cells, and that gets rid of the thing you’re being treated for. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.After IPL, you may look younger because your skin tone is more even. And since the light doesn’t hurt other tissue, you can get better quickly.

What does IPL do for your skin?

An IPL treatment uses the power of broadband light to minimize the appearance of age spots, sun spots, acne scars, rosacea, and more. IPL treatments generally take about 20 – 30 minutes. After the patient’s face is cleaned and dried, patients will be given protective eye shields to wear during the procedure. A handheld device will be passed over the target area, delivering pulses of intense light to penetrate the layers of the skin. Most patients describe experiencing a fast, pinching sensation during treatment, with minimal discomfort. There is no need for injections or incisions, giving patients the bonus of no downtime required.

What can I expect after a photofacial?

Immediately after your IPL treatment, the treated areas will be slightly pink or red and swollen. These effects will begin to dissipate after 24 hours. You may notice discoloration and sun spots turning somewhat darker or more noticeable, and other blemishes may begin to surface. This is a good sign that the treatment is working. These spots will eventually flake off as the skin begins to heal from the inside out.

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