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Is It Effective & Safe to Use IPL Hair Removal at Home? | Dr Davin Lim

By Dr Davin Lim
April 22, 2023
4 minutes

If you’re like many of my patients and have struggled with hair removal, you know how frustrating and time-consuming it can be. You can spend a lot of time, effort, and money on at-home treatments like waxing, shaving, plucking, or even at your local beauty salon with lasers and other devices. Ulike has revolutionized hair removal by providing a convenient, cost-effective, yet highly efficacious system at your fingertips.

This is where IPL home devices can be employed to effectively, safely & efficiently remove unwanted hair, all at the convenience of your own home.

How does it work?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is a type of light treatment that uses intense pulses of light to stimulate or treat various issues within the skin. When the light is absorbed by the melanin in hair follicles, it turns into heat, destroying the follicles and setting the hair root dormant. There are many published scientific papers that have highlighted the evidence to confirm the clinical efficacy and technical safety of many laser and IPL home-use devices for hair removal. Similar to lasers, the basic principle of IPL devices is selective thermal damage of the target, whilst sparing the skin itself from light energy. In conclusion, IPL is very effective and safe for hair removal.

Why the Air 3 by Ulike?

The Air 3 is a nearly painless and effective way to remove hair at home. It uses ice-cooling sapphire technology, similar to in office systems to deliver a pain-free treatment. This cooling feature not only eliminates the risk of burning and pain in IPL treatments, but it also maintains the temperature of the treatment area around 20°C (68°F) even under 30 minutes of continuous use.

This sort of sapphire cooling technology is found in high end clinical lasers, however over the past 4 years, Ulike has made astronomical advances in incorporating this type of technology into a hand held device.

The best part of the Air 3 is that It’s so easy to use. You can do a full-body treatment in less than 10 minutes! That means you can have smooth, hair-free skin in no time. Plus, it’s suitable for full-body use, even in private areas.

Is it painful?

This is probably the most important factor to consider, especially for home use devices. If something is painful, you are less likely to use it. With the AIR3, users don’t have to sacrifice comfort for pain thanks to Ulike’s patented design. The sapphire ice-cooling technology lowers the skin contact temperature and works harmoniously with the AIR3’s powerful IPL output to deliver efficacious but comfortable hair removal. This is especially important when treating intimate areas of the body.

The sapphire crystal light window is in full contact with the treatment area, providing real-time cooling throughout the treatment process. This technology protects the skin and ensures a comfortable user experience while performing effective hair removal treatments.

How safe is it?

The Ulike Air3 has over 30 international safety certifications and it’s also FDA cleared. Not only is it safe, it’s suitable for sensitive skin and ideal for the whole body – including bikini and face.

When will I see the results?

Results can be seen as early as 3 weeks, however maximal results are seen at 12-16 weeks. Following each session, hair growth will reduce in density and volume, with the end result being a long-lasting reduction in hair count. To help maintain a silky smoothe appearance, only one session is required every 2 to 3 months.

Ulike continues to innovate with each product launch. What was only possible in a clinic a few years ago has become an effective and safe option for patients to undertake at the convenience and privacy of their own home. The Air 3 is not just an evolution in hair removal, it is an evolution.

Dr Davin Lim
I am Davin Lim a Board Certified Dermatologist practicing in Brisbane, Australia. My intentions? Simple! To cut out the hype & mystery of the skin care industry. I cover everything from products, DIY, & skin procedures including lasers, peel, injectables & surgery.
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