Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Systems (BRI & SC) | Hair Removal Devices (2023)

For a very long period of time, Philips Lumea Prestige has been occupying the hair removal market. Frankly, I consider the Philips Lumea to be among the elite devices that provide the best and most effective at home hair removal treatments.

There are faster devices such as the superfastSS Bare, more powerful devices such as the famousTria Laser 4X, but none of them combines all good features together with the way Philips Lumea Prestige models do.

Moreover, Philips Lumea Prestige is ranked #1 on our list of .

How did Prestige rank on the top of the mountain? I conducted series of experiments, research, and read through hundreds of customer reviews, to provide you with the most conclusive review of the Prestige.

Table Of Contents

  • 1 What Is Philips Lumea Prestige?
  • 3 Philips Lumea Prestige Features
    • 3.1 High Safety Standards
    • 3.2 Effective IPL Technology
    • 3.3 Ergonomic Design
    • 3.4 Informative Manual
    • 3.5 Fast Results
    • 3.6 Fast Sessions
    • 3.7 Four Intelligent Attachments
    • 3.8 +15 Years of Continuous Treatments
    • 3.10 Helpful Application
  • 5 Philips Lumea Prestige Models
  • 6 Philips Lumea Prestige Price
  • 7 Our Philips Lumea Prestige Rating
  • 8 Our Experience with Philips Lumea Prestige
    • 8.1 Unboxing
    • 8.2 Use
    • 8.3 Cordless
    • 8.4 Results
  • 9 Older Philips Lumea Prestige Models
  • 10 Philips Lumea BRI vs SC
  • 11 Philips Lumea Prestige Customer Reviews
    • 11.1 Positive Review
    • 11.2 Negative Review
  • 12 Philips Lumea Prestige FAQ
  • 13 Conclusion
  • 14 References

What Is Philips Lumea Prestige?

Philips Lumea Prestige is the best IPL hair removal device since 2017, it provides results like no other IPL device.

It’s not only about the results, the Prestige ranks high in nearly every important criteria used to judge IPL devices, starting with the design, and ending with the ultimate results.

No matter what we say about other products and how amazing and effective they are, Philips Lumea Prestige is out of scope.

Prestige’s Skin & Hair Types

Our top-rated one works on the widest range of skin tones: White/very white-blond, ivory, beige, brown, and dark brown ones. So, it nearly works on all skin tones but brownish-black ones.
Moreover, as with all IPL hair removal devices, it’s suitable for blond, brown, dark brown, and black hair colors. It’s not suitable for light blond, red, white or grey ones.

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Philips Lumea Prestige Features

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 is the 2017 Beauty Award Winner. Moreover, it has the Green Logo for being environmentally friendly and reducing cost and energy consumption, with the help of those features:

High Safety Standards

The Philips Lumea Prestige provides the highest standards for safety, it uses an integrated safety system that prevents unintentional flashing, besides the SmartSkin sensor that automatically selects the power level that suits your skin tone.

With that, comes 5 different power levels that you can use depending on your tolerance, and/or different body parts.

Furthermore, the Prestige has an integrated UV filter that protects the skin from UV light produced by the device.

In conclusion, multiple sets of layers were produced inside the Lumea Prestige, only for your own safety.

Effective IPL Technology

Not every Device built on IPL Technology produces the same power or intensity. Let alone, provide the same quality of results.

However, when examining the strength and effectiveness of IPL technology used, the Philips Lumea Prestige provided results in better timings than most IPL & laser devices.

It’s not a matter of speed or power, it’s a matter of effectiveness, and the IPL technology Prestige uses, helped efficiently with that.

Ergonomic Design

The Design of Philips Lumea Prestige is bigger (560g) than the normal IPL devices you see in the market, and this is a two-edged sword.

This made the device heavier, but also provided it with enough space inside, to contain parts that aid with the effectiveness.

Furthermore, it’s gun-shaped, which means you’ll be able to aim it at any part you’d want to treat, with absolute comfort and ease.

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Informative Manual

When you dive deeper into the Ultimate List of All IPL & Laser Hair Removal Devices, you’ll notice that many devices have problems with their manuals, some are translated wrongfully, others provide vague instructions.

With Philips Lumea Prestige, this is not the case, the User Manual you receive with the device provides informative guidance, and answers nearly any question you have about the use of the device.

Additionally, helpful charts, direct instructions, and detailed pieces of information are all around this manual, but if you still have any questions, our comment section below is open and we’ll have your answers as soon as 24 hours max.

Fast Results

The Philips Lumea Prestige, with the effective IPL technology, can provide up to 92% hair reduction, in just 2-3 treatment sessions, that’s 4-6 weeks only.

at home hair removal requires patience, and most devices will require more weeks to provide noticeable results. in contrast, only 4 sessions are required to achieve full hair removal results.

Just repeat the process every 1-2 months, to maintain results for as long s you’d want to enjoy your hair-free experience.

Fast Sessions

As we continue our examination of the Philips Lumea Prestige, it took my colleague & me around 47 minutes (for me) and 51 minutes (for her) to finish a full body treatment.

However, we have a small trick we’ll tell you about in the “Our Experience” section down below.

This is considerably fast compared to any device outside the top5 devices on our ranking system, as most of the other devices allow you to conclude a full-body treatment in more than 1 hour.

Four Intelligent Attachments

We talked about how special the Philips Lumea Prestige is, but what’s astonishing about it is the ability to cover various body parts with a “special touch.”

For instance, only a handful of IPL devices provide attachments with the device, as the rest create a single “head” to the device that should suit all body parts, which isn’t as efficient as we’d want it to be.

The Efficiency and variety-providing is a Prestige special, as it comes with 4 intelligent attachments, each is suited to treat a special body part.

Those attachments cover the Armpit, Bikini, Body, and Face individually, and they were created to suit the skin anatomy of each part.

+15 Years of Continuous Treatments

If you buy a relatively pricey product, you don’t want it to die or stop working by the 10th or even the 50th treatment session.

Philips Lumea Prestige has 250.000 flash lamps, viable to treat around 1,000,000 cm2 of your skin area, as each flash covers 4 cm2.

Additionally, a single full-body treatment only requires covering 5.000 cm2 of skin area, that’s 200 full-body treatments. Quick math: touch-up once a month is enough to maintain hair-free results, so you have around 190 monthly sessions with this device. (-10 sessions for initial sessions)

Quick math continues: 190 months is nearly 15 years, and that’s how long a Philips Lumea Prestige can last.

Moreover, you don’t need to buy anything additional after buying the device, you got everything you want in there to proceed to treatments.

Works both Corded & Cordless

Only 3 out of our top10 list of all laser hair removal devices can work both corded & cordless. Two of those 3 are Philips Lumea 9000 Series and Philips Lumea Prestige.

Moreover, only 6 of our whole list can work cordless too, this means Philips Lumea products are 33% of IPL devices that have this ability.

Is it really important to work cordless? Yes, it is. Imagine the need to do a session away from everything, even from an electricity source, that’s how good this option can actually be.

Furthermore, busy women with a lot of flights to catch, rarely find the space and time to take care of their hair, and most of the time a 15-30 minute session can do the work anywhere she travels.

Helpful Application

Need to organize your sessions, arrange a treatment session for weeks without worrying you’ll forget or miss your timings, Philips Lumea built an App that helps with that.

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It’s 100% synchronized with the device itself, and its main task is to help with scheduling.

Actually, there’s not much that this application can do aside from that, so, once you finish your initial treatment sessions in the first couple of months, the app becomes useless.

Pros & Cons of Philips Lumea Prestige

Even ranked #1 doesn’t mean the device doesn’t have any cons, here’s a list of Philips Lumea Prestige’s Pros & cons:


  • Works Corded and Cordless
  • Fast Treatment Sessions
  • Up to 90% hair reduction in 3-4 sessions
  • Long Lamp Lifetime
  • Power and Effective Sessions
  • 250,000 flashes enough for more than 15 years of use
  • 4 precise attachments tailored to acclimate to each body area’s curve
  • Effective on the widest range of skin tones
  • As Safe As an IPL Device can be
  • 30-day money-back guarantee


  • NOT FDA-Cleared
  • A Bit Bulky & Heavy (560g)
  • Pricey

Philips Lumea Prestige Models

The Distinguished Philips Lumea has 5 different models, and the aforementioned BRI956 is the best of them all. The other Lumea Prestige Models are:

  • BRI956
  • BRI954
  • BRI953
  • BRI950
  • BRI949

The main difference between those models is the body attachments: The BRI956 and BRI949 editions come with 3 different attachments, for Body/Face/bikini and armpit.

However, The BRI954, BRI953, and BRI950 come with 2 attachments, for Body/Face, but without the bikini and armpit attachment.

There’s also another difference in color between those models: BRI954 is purple, BRI953 is silver, and BRI950 is pink, while those three come with the same attachments.

Philips Lumea Prestige Price

The Price of Lumea Prestige BRI956 is around £499 (~$680). You may consider this pricey, but it’s well worth it if you compare it to the amazing features it provides.

Make sure to check regularly for discounts and sales on the retailer and official websites.

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal

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Our deep research on IPL Hair Removal Devices resulted in admitting that Philips Lumea Prestige provides safety, speed, effectiveness, long-lasting results, and cost-efficient option for women seeking IPL hair removal at home.


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In our list of all at home hair removal devices, the Prestige ranked #1, due to scoring high in our points’ based system, and this is how much it earned:

The only +90% ranked device on our list, has achieved this ultimate rank via high effectiveness, complete variety, and superb amazon ratings.

Therefore, the Philips Lumea Prestige earned an overall score of 92.4%

The Full Mark in Effectiveness comes easy with 90% hair reduction in as fast as 3-4 weeks only.

We talked in length about the benefit of intelligent attachments, with 4 of those suiting the different needs for treating special body parts, it’s well earned to say the device scored full mark in Variety.

Prestige is too pricey for an IPL device, as $700 isn’t easily affordable for all women, this has hit the Price rating to 25% only.

People search for Philips Lumea Prestige tens of thousands of times each month, and that’s only via google alone, let alone other websites, granting the device a full mark in popularity.

The device obtained a 4.6/5 stars rating on Amazon, which is converted to 92% in that criteria.

By the time I publish this review, thousands have already rated the device on Amazon, so, it deserves a full mark here as well.

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI949 is ranked #1 on Amazon by the “IPL Hair Removal Systems”, and that’s obviously a full mark in category rank.

With an astonishing conquering of the market since 2017, the device is old enough to receive full mark in Age.

Our Experience with Philips Lumea Prestige

After we ranked the devices and settled for The Philips Lumea Prestige to be the best Device, we bought the device and attempted to test it, to provide you with an in-person review of the experience you’ll be having with the Prestige.

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First, you should know that this is not a sponsored unboxing or revealing of the device, this is solely for the sake of enriching your knowledge of the device, before obtaining it.


As my colleague @shouq and I started the unboxing of the device, we immediately noticed how heavy the box can be.

You can see in the picture above, it’s a well-built box with the device, power cable, and attachments. Underneath them, we found the user manual and the app info slip.

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Shouq & I took everything out of the box and surfed through the user manual. It’s as detailed as we needed it to be.

Thorough instructions, helpful and detailed charts, in addition to a good set of dos and don’ts.

As we plugged in the cable, I excused myself into the room and started to treat my arms and legs.

The flashes were too fast you could sometimes miss seeing them, I felt that it’s a good sign, my sessions wouldn’t take too long.

and that’s what happened, I carried out a full body treatment immediately, excluding the face & genital area, as Prestige doesn’t work on those parts for men. The whole session took me 41 minutes.

However, that was not a consecutive 41 minutes. The device ran into unexpected heating at around 20 minutes, and I had to put it off until it stopped heating, then after 30 minutes, I continued the session.

Be careful! if you continue to use it after it became hotter than usual, the device may shut down by itself due to heating!

After cooling it down, you’ll have to press 20 seconds on the power button to reset its settings, then you’ll be able to use it again.


My colleague Shouq decided to test the device working cordless, and her experience isn’t as expected.

The manual said that after a full charge for hours, the Prestige can work up to 30 consecutive minutes. That happened only during the initial 3 sessions.

During the ensuing sessions, its power wore off around minutes 14-15, and that decline continued to be the same for the remaining sessions.


Shouq reported that she received the promised results, the hair grew too slow after the 4th week. She concluded, “All I need now is some touch-ups here and there, all good my friend, all good.”

Older Philips Lumea Prestige Models

The Lumea Prestige has been evolving in its models for years, starting with good-old SC2005, up until the BRI956.

The older models of Philips Lumea Prestige included:

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  • Prestige SC2005
  • Prestige SC2007
  • Prestige SC2009

However, Philips Lumea stopped producing them for a long time already, but if you still want to know more about them, here you are.

Philips Lumea BRI vs SC

The Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 comes corded & cordless, but the Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009 works corded only.

Prestige BRI956 fires fast flashes that help shorten sessions’ duration, the Prestige SC2009 fires slower flashes that end up making the session last longer than it should.

The last main difference between Prestige BRI and Prestige SC is the modes. There are 2 modes for using the Prestige BRI, (Slide & Flash and Stamp & Flash).

However, for the SC models, there’s only the Stamp & Flash mode.

Collectively, The user experience with BRI956 is easier and faster than that with the SC2009 model.

Philips Lumea Prestige Customer Reviews

As the Prestige had thousands of customer reviews, we introduce you to one positive and 1 negative customer review, and the reasoning behind those two reviews, from our expert POV.

The prime time for the Philips Lumea Prestige was between 2017 and 2020, so we got you reviews from that era.

Positive Review

Grace T from the UK, bought it on 16th December 2018, with snow-white skin and dark hair, and her experience with usual hair removal methods is tiring and doesn’t provide long-lasting results.

She said in her review, “no matter how many times I epilated, waxed, shaved, etc nothing ever helped. I was fed up with my ingrown hairs and HATED every aspect of my body that grew thick hair.”

However, that changed when she started her treatments with the Philips Lumea Prestige, she stressed.

“Now, having completed 3 treatments over 6 weeks, I am so pleased with results! 90% hair reduction in my bikini area, and 70-80% on my legs,” Grace said.

This is the dream for any IPL device user, to achieve results in the promised timeline.

She concluded her review, “I don’t know how it would be for anyone. For once, I am looking forward to baring my skin to the summer sun!”

Negative Review

Nearly a month earlier, an anonymous user from the UK purchased the Prestige but his/her experience wasn’t as pleasant as Grace’s.

They said, “It did start reducing my body hair significantly. Not completely – I still had to shave in between the sessions but it was getting less and less each time.”

However, they attempted to continue the treatment, but the device stopped working.

“I pressed the turn on button and can’t even select an intensity. It just won’t work,” they continued.

The review ended with a despairing comment, stating, “If it was gonna stop working after not using for a while I should have been warned!”

Reading our conclusive review maybe would’ve saved their experience with the device, as this takes us back to “our experience” section.

If you use the device for more than 20 consecutive minutes, it’ll start heating, and if that continues, the device would need to be “Reset” to continue working.

That would’ve been the warning they needed, indeed.

Philips Lumea Prestige FAQ

Does Philips Lumea Prestige run out of flashes?

When you obtain a Lumea Prestige, that’s not a thing you’ll need to take into consideration, it’ll last 15+ years with you.

Can I use Philips Lumea Prestige every week?

My recommendation will be to use the Lumea Prestige once every couple of weeks, at least for the first 4-6 sessions, then a session a month seems alright.

Can I use Philips Lumea Prestige on nipples?

No. Do not use your Philips Lumea Prestige on lesions, moles, nipples, piercings, tattoos etc.

When I shouldn’t use Philips Lumea Prestige?

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Don’t use Philips Lumea Prestige in case of Pregnancy, diabetes, epilepsy, and before & after conducting a major operation.

Should I shave before using Philips Lumea Prestige?

Yes. You should always remove all the hair from your skin before any IPL treatment session. Shaving can be considered the most efficient way to remove hairs. If you like waxing, do it 24 hours before your session.

Does Philips Lumea Prestige work permanently?

It’s highly unlikely for any IPL device to provide permanent results. However, Philips Lumea Prestige provides long-lasting results that can last for +6 months.

Can I use Philips Lumea Prestige when I’m on period?

Yes. Only use a tampon for hygiene reasons when you plan on carrying out a treatment session with the prestige.

Can I use Philips Lumea Prestige when I’m lactating?

Although there has been no link between IPL hair removal and negative effects on the woman or the baby, it’s not yet 100% cleared that it’s safe to use Philips Lumea Prestige when lactating.
We advise lactating women to wait until they have finished breastfeeding before considering going for an IPL treatment session.

Can I use Philips Lumea Prestige before/after sex?

Wait 24 hours. It is doctor recommended to delay using any IPL device for 24 hours before & after conducting sexual intercourse.

Does using Philips Lumea Prestige affect my sex drive if it’s used on the bikini area?

No. There’s no link between IPL hair removal on the bikini area and sex drive.


Ranking #1 on our list of all at home laser hair removal devices, the Philips Lumea Prestige out ranks, and outperforms all the IPL & Laser hair removal devices on the market.

Therefore, our deep research on those devices resulted in admitting that Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956, provides safety, speed, effectiveness, long-lasting results, and cost-efficient option for women seeking IPL hair removal at home.

Philips Lumea Prestige has the best IPL hair removal devices occupying the market today. So we are talking about an investment in a lifelong product here. That’s why we rated them as our top devices – BRI956 in particular.

For comparisons between the best at home laser hair removal devices, check our full list in the link below.


Does Philips Lumea remove hair permanently? ›

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. You will always require regular maintenance to keep your skin fully hair-free.

Can I use Philips IPL for Brazilian? ›

Can I use IPL for pubic hair? It's common to wonder whether using IPL for pubic hair is safe. As long as you use an IPL pubic hair removal device like the Philips Lumea IPL 9000 Series correctly and according to its intended use, there's no need to worry.

Does hair grow back after Philips Lumea? ›

You are not removing hair properly

Note: Some hair may grow back even though you have used your Philips Lumea frequently. This happens because the hairs are at different stages of the growth cycle during the treatment. The hairs that grow back tend to be softer and thinner and eventually fall out.

Who Cannot use Philips Lumea? ›

From an ethical point of view, Philips Lumea has never been tested on pregnant or breastfeeding women. Therefore, we advise pregnant and/or breastfeeding women to not use Philips Lumea.

Can you use Philips Lumea on private parts? ›

Yes, you can! That is, as long as you have a device, like the Philips Lumea IPL 9000 Series, that has a specific attachment designed to work with the contours of this area of your body.

What are the side effects of Philips Lumea? ›

Common side effects of Philips Lumea

Your skin may show slight redness and/or may prickle, tingle or feel warm. This reaction disappears quickly. Your skin may get dry or itchy. You can treat this by cooling the affected area with an ice pack or a wet face cloth.

Does IPL get rid of hair permanently? ›

IPL treatments have one major advantage over hair removal techniques like waxing or plucking: they're permanent. Any living hair follicle that's treated is completely destroyed and won't grow back.

What happens when you stop using IPL hair removal? ›

If you stop IPL laser treatments prematurely, there will be a short period of time before you start seeing some growth come back. Most areas that clients have treated are influenced by hormones that drive growth. Therefore, it is inevitable that the hair will come back because hormones change.

Can you use IPL without shaving? ›

You won't have to worry about this with IPL, as you're actually advised to shave before treatment. Shaving before your IPL hair removal treatment helps the light beam to focus in on the hair root.

Can you use Philips Lumea on balls? ›

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.

Does IPL work on pubic hair? ›

Is IPL suitable for intimate areas? 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.

Do you have to shave before using Lumea? ›

Start your treatment by first removing all hair from your skin as long as hair is still visible. You can choose to shave, epilate or wax the areas you intend to treat. If you choose to wax, we recommend that you wait at least 24 hours before using Philips Lumea.

Can you use Philips Lumea on nipples? ›

Do not use your Philips Lumea on lesions, moles, nipples, piercings, tattoos etc. For the full list of unintended areas see the user manual.

Is IPL worth the money? ›

When it comes to getting major results with minor downtime, the IPL photofacial has a lot to offer. This light-based treatment is one of the most powerful ways to even skin pigmentation and reduce redness, dark spots, and discoloration.

How painful is Philips Lumea? ›

If you are concerned about the Philips Lumea treatment being painful, don't worry. Some users of Lumea described feeling 'a warm sensation', 'prickling' or 'itching' etc. during or after treatment. In most cases, these effects disappeared within an hour.

Can I use Philips Lumea on my face? ›

A good option is the Philips Lumea IPL 9000 Series, which has an attachment specifically for the face. Thanks to SenseIQ technology, it can select the correct settings for your skin tone, and safely remove facial hair long term, just like in a beauty salon.

What are the risks of the IPL laser? ›

use of a laser or IPL by an untrained technician.
Incorrectly performed services using laser and intense light devices can result in serious injury and adverse outcomes, including:
  • permanent scarring.
  • burns.
  • eye damage.
  • pigmentation changes (darkening or lightening of the skin)
  • infection.
  • blistering.
  • increased hair growth.
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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.”

Does IPL have long term effects? ›

Long-term risks

A full-thickness or third degree burn would be the most severe adverse event that could occur to the skin through misuse, error or malfunction of an IPL or laser.

Which is better IPL or laser? ›

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.

Why does my hair grow after IPL? ›

The reason being is every time you come in for a session 25% of your hair is reduced and what has NOT BEEN reduced is shocked, so it grows back much slower and finer. BUT it will GROW BACK if treatments are spaced out too far or not enough sessions done.

Does hair grow back thinner after IPL? ›

Answer: IPL causes permanent hair removal and/or finer hair

IPL or any true laser for permanent hair removal can cause hair to permanently disappear, and can cause hair that doesn't disappear to be finer than before.

How long does IPL take to permanently remove hair? ›

After about 6 sessions 70% of hair is usually permanently removed. We put a treatment plan in place for you and schedule a treatment every 4-8 weeks, depending on the area, until satisfactory results are achieved. However, you may need a maintenance treatment yearly, or every 3-5 years depending on your hair follicles.

How many IPL sessions does it take to permanently remove hair? ›

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 many sessions of IPL do you need? ›

For patients to get the best IPL results, it is generally recommended that patients receive, on average, 4 – 6 treatments scheduled four weeks apart. Why do most patients need more than one IPL session? Every IPL treatment builds upon the previous one, allowing the skin to react gradually.

Does IPL work if you pluck? ›

Refrain from plucking, waxing or bleaching the area.

Plucking, waxing and bleaching reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. If you do pluck, wax or bleach the IPL treatment will not be as effective and you will require additional treatments.

What happens if you don't remove hair before IPL? ›

If the hair is too long in the area of treatment the IPL may burn the skin and may be more uncomfortable. We generally recommend shaving the day of the procedure. We want the hair just under the skin so that the light can target that rather than hair on the skin surface.

What happens if you don't shave before laser? ›

The hair can absorb the laser energy itself, as opposed to it directly hitting the hair follicle, meaning it's a waste of time and will have no effect whatsoever. Having said that, it's important to note that only shaving is allowed prior to laser hair removal appointments.

Can you use home IPL for Brazilian? ›

You can use at-home IPL devices on any area of the body where hair is found, whether that means treating your facial hair or giving yourself a full Brazilian, according to Dr. Shirazi. Investing in an at-home IPL device can also save you money compared to in-office treatments.

Does at home IPL actually work? ›

IPL doesn't offer permanent hair removal, but the hair reduction it does give makes a serious difference to your fuzz levels (in tests, users of the Philips Lumea IPL 9000 Series saw a 92% reduction in hair after three sessions*). So, I'll still be whipping out my IPL machine once a month from now on.

Does IPL cause ingrown hairs? ›

Does IPL Hair Removal cause ingrown hairs? No, it actually helps in treating ingrown hairs as the dark pigment will attract the light and the hair will be treated. Less hair overall means less ingrown hairs!

Does IPL remove armpit hair? ›

IPL is becoming more and more popular as a hair removal method, because it removes armpit hair gently and painlessly, doesn't affect the skin, and, with regular treatments, leads to long-lasting smooth armpits.

Will I regret Brazilian laser hair removal? ›

After a series of Brazilian laser hair removal, the treated hair in the pubic region will fall out until they're all gone. However, some people may immediately feel regret after the laser procedure.

Is it better to wax or shave 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.

Does IPL work on upper lip? ›

Upper lip hair removal through IPL

If you want an upper lip hair removal tool that will keep the hairs away for as long as possible, it might be worth trying a handheld IPL device . The IPL method is similar to upper lip laser hair removal, in that it uses light to heat up and stop hair growth in the follicles.

Can you shower after using Philips Lumea? ›

Your Philips Lumea is not waterproof. Any contact with water can damage its machinery. Therefore, do not use your Philips Lumea while taking a shower or a bath. Also, make sure your skin is completely dry before using Philips Lumea.

How long does Philips laser hair removal last? ›

The machine directs light at the melanin (the pigment that gives skin and hair its colour) in the follicle, damaging the root and breaking the regrowth cycle for up-to six months. This makes for a longer-lasting removal method than waxing or shaving and it shouldn't irritate your skin.

Does IPL eventually stop hair growth? ›

One of the main questions we get asked around this treatment is 'does IPL really permanently remove hair? ' IPL treatment is extremely effective for hair reduction and over time there will be minimal regrowth. In the beginning stages of your treatment the hair that does come through will be finer and less noticeable.

Does hair grow back if you stop IPL? ›

Fact 8: Hairs can grow back after IPL hair removal

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.

Are home IPL devices worth it? ›

No, they are ineffective when there is little contrast between the skin and the hair. That means that blonde/white/grey/ginger hair cannot be effectively treated. In addition, those with darker skin tone may not be suitable and there is an additional risk of burning, blistering and hyperpigmentation.

How painful is IPL? ›

It should be somewhat uncomfortable – People that say there is no pain or discomfort involved are lying or haven't used a professional for their IPL. The sensation felt during IPL is that of heat and has been likened to a rubber band being snapped on the skin's surface.

Is Lumea worth it? ›

I had terrible dark hairs on my face but now I don't. It took about 9 months to get the results but it is worth it. I maintain once a month but there are no dark hairs, but I am starting on underarm hair so that's a new venture. I personally would highly recommend but only if you can wait for the results.

What is the disadvantage of IPL laser? ›

It cannot remove light hair. The hair removal effect of IPL is based on its ability to destroy melanin. However, light hair contains only a miniscule amount of it, so it cannot be effectively removed using this form of treatment.

Can IPL make you hairier? ›

Answer: Yes it is possible but very rARE. in very rare cases IPL can cause increased facial hair growth. It is more likely to happen when treating darker skin types and using low energy. Some patients with hormonal imbalances might notice more facial hair after the IPL, but again it is very rare.

Do I have to shave every time I use IPL? ›

For hair removal treatments with Shero C-IPL, you don't have to shave every single time before using Shero. Only shave when the hair has grown longer than 3mm. Read how C-IPL works here. Below are some shaving tips for women that you should know before you begin your at-home treatment with SHERO.

What happens if you stop using IPL? ›

If you stop IPL laser treatments prematurely, there will be a short period of time before you start seeing some growth come back. Most areas that clients have treated are influenced by hormones that drive growth. Therefore, it is inevitable that the hair will come back because hormones change.

What are the side effects of IPL hair removal? ›

Although side effects of IPL are typically rare and minimal in severity, the most common adverse events include pain and erythema. Other reported side effects include edema, bullae, hematoma, crusting, hyper/hypopigmentation, leukotrichia, scarring, keloid formation, and infection.

Why is IPL not permanent? ›

We can also only treat active hairs (in the 'anagen' cycle). 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.

What is the difference between laser and IPL? ›

The key difference between laser and IPL is the type of light. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a broadband pulsed light source, whereas laser is a monochromatic coherent light source. Both methods target the melanin in the hair follicle and permanent results can be expected from both.


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