IPL Vs Electrolysis: Which is better for hair reduction?

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We’re so excited to announce that we now offer IPL for hair reduction here at Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty! And you know what that means … right? Yup, another whole article dedicated to the simply incredible treatment.

The dedicated followers of this blog may well remember the series of articles we’ve written on IPL, but you can click here for a refresher into its uses for hair removal.

One of the top Google searches surrounding IPL for hair reduction is in its comparison with electrolysis, and we wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t give this question the full answer it deserves. So, without further ado, allow us to compare them side by side.


How does it work?

Using a thin needle-like probe to conduct an electrical current into each individual follicle (responsible for hair growth), thereby damaging it until it no longer functions, electrolysis is a targeted approach. This is because to match the various size hair follicles it offers various size probes, too. It’s a popular method of hair removal that’s been around for a long time.

What are its benefits?

Probably the number one benefit offered is that its success is unrelated to pigment. This means it can treat any hair or skin colour. It is also very precise in its methodology, meaning as well as larger areas of skin it can also be used to delicately shape eyebrows, hairlines and sideburns for a more natural look. It’s a safe, effective and versatile treatment.


While it is considered a permanent hair reduction method, this is only after a number of treatments. In fact, if you are dark-skinned and/or have thick, dark hair, you could have to go up to 30 times, which can be both costly and time-consuming. Each session itself can also take a long time, especially if a large area is being treated. Because of this, it can also be quite expensive.

Experiencing discomfort or pain both during or following the treatment is also common, which can also turn many people off. Side effects include:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Dryness
  • Temporary acne
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How does it work?

Using a wide spectrum of light to target and destroy unwanted hair in intense pulses, IPL is a broader approach, meaning a much quicker treatment – great for when you could do with some more hours in the week! The light is absorbed by melanin – the pigment that gives hair its colour. Like electrolysis, it also requires a series of treatments to be fully successful, but after each session hair will become lighter and thinner.

What are its benefits?

IPL offers many of the same benefits as electrolysis – without the drawbacks. Not only is it more cost and time-effective, it is also a far less painful treatment – in fact, most people report only feeling a slight tingling sensation. It’s a safe and effective treatment with minimal side effects.


Because IPL targets melanin, it may not be the best choice if you’re fair haired or dark skinned. However, unlike laser, IPL delivers a much broader spectrum of light, meaning it can effectively treat a wider range of skin tones and hair colours (excluding red and blonde). The IPL of today is much more in line with electrolysis in terms of who it will work for, so don’t automatically write it off if you don’t have dark hair or fair skin. We’re always happy to consult with you beforehand to advise what will work best for you.

There are also some potential side effects which can include:

  • Temporary redness and swelling
  • Brief sensitivity
  • Burns, blisters and scars (in rare cases)

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IPL or electrolysis?

Convenient, comfortable and affordable; there’s a reason IPL is quickly becoming the preferred hair removal method worldwide. Isn’t it time you saw the benefits for yourself?

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IPL for broken capillaries: Everything you need to know

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Just hearing the phrase ‘spider veins’ sends an eight-legged shiver down our spines, but the condition it describes is really not as sinister as it might seem. Yep, that’s right, we’re talking about broken capillaries and – being the masterminds of skincare that we are – are here to conclude our mini-series by talking all things IPL for broken capillaries.

What are spider veins?

Let’s start here, shall we? The face has an extensive, ahem, web of veins and tiny blood vessels, collectively known as capillaries, and sometimes (actually, quite commonly!), after succumbing to certain pressures, the walls of these blood vessels will dilate, leaving them damaged and visible through the surface of the skin.

What causes spider veins?

Skin trauma catalysts are everywhere, be it intense scrubbing, spot-popping, sneezing (yes – really!), sun damage (the usual suspect – read more about that here and here) or the result of extreme climates. Aging, genetics, hormonal changes (such as pregnancy), environmental and lifestyle factors (excessive alcohol drinking, we’re looking at you) can also be a factor, as can other associated skin conditions, such as acne or rosacea. Crucially, it’s the result of a double-edged sword: Broken capillaries and weakened skin, which allows the spider veins to creepy-crawly their way through.

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Where are they most likely to appear?

If broken capillaries are going to be anywhere, they’ll probably be around your nose, cheeks, mouth and chin. Basically – and annoyingly – your face.

IPL for broken capillaries

Fortunately – and as ever – there is a non-invasive, breakthrough treatment out there that works wonders, and that’s IPL. Having made significant progress in reducing broken capillaries over the last few years, it’s also one of the safest methods out there, too.

Using multiple wavelengths of intense pulsed light with pinpoint accuracy which you will, of course, know all about by now (but click here for a quick refresher!), the protein in the red blood cell (haemoglobin) absorbs the light, before being destroyed by the subsequent heat energy which is produced. In simpler terms, IPL minimises the redness caused by the capillaries – quickly and easily. The great thing about it is that it does all this without damaging the surrounding healthy skin and blood vessels – in fact, a side-benefit is that it also boosts collagen production, meaning you’re left spider-vein free and with a youthful, glowing complexion – hooray!

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What else do I need to know?

The treatment is quick, relatively pain-free (patients describe a sensation of a rubber band lightly popping against the skin) and requires no downtime (other than some spots which can take up to 10 days to clear up) – pretty neat for a skin condition that sounds so scary, hey? You may experience slight bruising, redness and swelling afterwards, with minor scabbing or blistering appearing in rare cases if certain capillaries are located near the epidermis (surface) layer of the skin, but some walk away with nothing more than some short-term pinkness. This is why a patch test is always advisable beforehand.

Up to four consecutive treatments are usually recommended for broken capillary reduction to ensure progressive results. Be aware that you won’t start seeing results until two to four weeks after the first treatment, as it can take the body’s lymphatic system that long to remove the dead material. As a general rule, the smaller the capillaries, the quicker they are to clear up. If you’re wondering how to prevent spider veins, you will need to keep up with maintenance treatments as they have a pesky habit of popping up again – especially if you tempt them by continuing certain lifestyle factors that caused their arrival in the first place!

One more thing: IPL for broken capillary removal may not be the most successful on darker skin, because the light will have trouble pinpointing the spider veins in question. You should also steer clear if you’re on certain acne medication. You can speak to one of our qualified therapists if you’re unsure whether you’re a good candidate and they can direct you to another treatment which will be right for you if IPL isn’t an option!

In conclusion

Non-invasive, safe, affordable and effective: It’s time to remove spider veins once and for all and say hello to healthy, rejuvenated skin.

Teresa, our salon owner and resident IPL Skin Rejuvenation therapist, cannot be booked online, so please email info@lovoirbeauty.com or call 03 358 8410 to schedule an appointment.


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How IPL works for pigmentation

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Last week we continued our appreciation for the mighty IPL and how it can be used for hair removal (read about it here!), but it doesn’t end there! That’s because this awesome, light-based treatment is perfect for a whole host of different skin conditions, which is why – this week – we’re here to tell you about the results you can get when using it for pigmentation.

A quick recap on pigmentation: A common condition that occurs when the body produces too much melanin, it can manifest itself in a variety of different non-raised skin patches, such as sun damage, age spots and hormone-related melasma. This is because it occurs beneath the surface of the skin. Some causes of pigmentation include excessive sun exposure, injury and hormones. Read more in our blog here.

What is IPL treatment for pigmentation?

By now you’ll understand how the process works – using quick and powerful flashes of light to pulse through the skin’s surface to target a specific area, notably somewhere dark (think hair, for example). This is because the light is absorbed by pigmented areas, before being converted into heat, thus allowing it to destroy said area. In the case of pigmentation, the part of the skin being obliterated is the unwanted pigment (melanin), which is first broken down into smaller particles before flaking away from the surface as part of a natural healing process – either as temporary scabs or through the body’s lymphatic system.

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What to do before IPL

When thinking about IPL pigmentation removal, you’ll first need to ensure that the signs you’re seeing on your skin are actually pigmentation, and not something else. For this reason, we always advise ensuring you get the right diagnosis beforehand.

What to expect after IPL

You should be prepared for the spots to darken the day of treatment and be present for seven to 10 days afterwards until the natural healing process sloughs off the pigmented areas. However, other than this – and one of the best things about having IPL treatment for pigmentation – is that there is very little downtime or any major aftercare required whatsoever.  That’s because unlike laser, it doesn’t cause any deep resurfacing so, at worst, you might leave with some minor redness that shouldn’t take long to clear up. You may notice that the targeted marks initially appear browner – this is totally normal and will resolve itself in a matter of days. You should expect a course of up to four consecutive sessions for best results.

Is IPL safe for me?

If you’re fair skinned, then absolutely. If you have naturally dark or tanned skin – real or fake – you may want to avoid this one as the risk of complications, such as burning or permanent pigmentation changes, is much higher. This is because it can mess with the IPL pigmentation machine’s ability to target the unwanted melanin. If you use Retin-A, too (for the treatment of acne), you should also make sure you stop it a week or two before treatment to prevent extra sensitivity. You should also refrain from the treatment two weeks before or after a holiday in the sun. A note for everyone – regardless of skin tone: IPL treatment for pigmentation should always be conducted by a reputable clinic with trained therapists, if you want to avoid permanent scarring and other side effects. If it is, you can expect a textbook recovery post treatment.

We’re always available to advise so feel free to pop into our salon for a consultation!

How many IPL treatments for pigmentation?

Pigmentation will develop again over time – especially if you don’t make any changes to the aggravating factors that caused it in the first place, such as prolonged exposure to sun. (Read all about that here and here!) As well as making necessary lifestyle changes, therefore, be prepared to top-up with a couple of maintenance sessions each year after your initial course of treatment.

IPL treatment for skin pigmentation also works well in conjunction with face peels – something else we’re proud to offer here at Lovoir. Read more about the benefits here.

Teresa, our salon owner and resident IPL Skin Rejuvenation therapist, cannot be booked online, so please email info@lovoirbeauty.com or call 03 358 8410 to schedule an appointment.


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What is IPL hair removal?

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It’s been a while since we introduced IPL to you, so we’ll forgive you if you don’t quite remember just how awesome it is. (You can catch up here!) And we’re super excited to announce that today’s blog is the first of three focusing on the increasingly popular treatment – and the various things it can be used for.

For those of you short on time, here’s a quick recap: The procedure enables pigment cells in the skin to absorb the light energy emitted, before being converted into heat, which then destroys any unwanted pigment. Unsurprisingly, it can be used for a whole host of skin conditions, but today we’re focusing on IPL for hair removal.

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How does it work?

By emitting a wavelength into the skin, IPL works like a flash lamp, targeting melanin – the pigment in hair – before being absorbed into it and swiftly destroying it, thanks to the heat energy that it is quickly converted into. It only works, however, on living hair, which makes up around 25% of the hair on your body at any given time. Dead hair can take up to three weeks before being shed by the skin, which is why you usually need a fair number of sessions of IPL to make sure you catch all the hairs while they’re alive. Vitally, it gives effective results no matter where it’s administered on the body – including the face, underarms, legs or bikini line.

IPL has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 90s, with results now more effective – and more permanent – than ever. But the burning question on everyone’s mind is always around how it compares to laser.

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IPL hair removal vs laser

The great thing about IPL is that it offers multiple wavelengths, unlike laser treatments which use just one at any given time, meaning it achieves a broad area of skin and, more importantly, unwanted hair. IPL is often a quicker method than laser over large areas, meaning it’s a great choice for you if you’re short on time, but be prepared to have up to 12 courses of treatment for permanent hair reduction. Another benefit is that it’s also a cheaper alternative – as well as causing virtually no downtime. Something to bear in mind, however, is that IPL is only advisable if you have dark hair and fair skin, so you may want to look at laser if this isn’t you.

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IPL hair removal at home: Yay or nay?

While at-home IPL devices are everywhere and do offer some results, they are limiting – far more so than if you had it done at a professional salon. They may be beneficial in helping you maintain your new fuzz-free skin, acting to zap away the odd hair here or there, but first and foremost you should always invest in a full course conducted by trained professionals (like us!). If the IPL hair removal system is not operated safely or correctly, you may experience some negative side effects, so not something you want to be taking a gamble on.

Another thing to bear in mind: Don’t be tempted by the cheapest offer out there, as if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. And when you’re considering a permanent solution, meaning you’ll never need to fork out on waxing, razors, epilators and the like ever again, it really is worthwhile to pay for top quality. Prioritise the cost of the results – not the cost of treatments.

Dos and don’ts before treatment


  • Have a patch test beforehand
  • Shave both before and in between treatments


  • Wax, pluck or thread before and during treatments as IPL will only work with hair in its growth stage, i.e. when it is still attached to the follicle
  • Go for IPL while pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a tan during – or immediately after – treatment as it can target pigment in the skin and cause scarring

IPL hair removal results speak for themselves. So, what are you waiting for?

From January 2020 Lovoir Skin Body and Beauty will be offering IPL services for Hair Removal!

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What is IPL?

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If you clicked on this hoping for an article about the Indian Premier League, this probably isn’t for you. For when we talk about IPL, we’re thinking less glowing trophy, more glowing face! So, what exactly is the non-sporting version of IPL? Allow us to explain:

As its name would suggest (Intense Pulsed Light), IPL is a type of light therapy dermatologists everywhere are using to treat skin, spots and unwanted hair. In short, it is the perfect treatment for skin rejuvenation – especially as it is also responsible for boosting collagen and elastin production.

How does it work?

Pigment cells in the skin absorb the light energy, which is converted into heat. The heat then destroys any unwanted pigment – or hair follicles – to clear up freckles, dark patches, age spots, sunspots, birthmarks, visible capillaries, rosacea, scars and unwanted hair in a broad yet targeted fashion – thanks to its ability to filter the wavelengths without harming the epidermis. A quick, easy, non-invasive, non-ablative and relatively painless procedure to give your skin a boost? Yes please!

Let’s break this down into the three main areas we will be treating when we launch our very own IPL service – coming soon!

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IPL treatment for Pigmentation

Want clear, glowing skin? IPL is for you.

When we say pigmentation, we’re talking about what happens when an excess production of the skin pigment, melanin, is produced, resulting in a whole host of unwanted patches. Perhaps not surprisingly, therefore, it is a condition affecting a large proportion of New Zealanders, in one shape or form – especially when you consider the high UV in our gloriously sunny country, as well as the fact that from the age of about 40, skin finds it harder to regenerate on its own.

Thank goodness, then, for IPL – a non-invasive, long-term solution to pigmentation problems – both brown and red. The result? A clear, radiant, even skin-tone – free from redness and blemishes.

IPL treatment for visible capillaries

If you’re not familiar with spider veins – or, if you want to get really technical, facial telangiectasia, you’re in luck. For many, however, they are a daily nightmare.

In short, they develop when the walls of blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin weaken and expand, meaning they become more visible – never a good look! They commonly appear in areas that are most exposed to the sun, such as the side of the nose, cheek and chin, and are triggered by things like sun damage, hormonal changes, rosacea, trauma and harsh skincare treatments, but you may also have a genetic predisposition towards them.

There are currently no over-the-counter treatments, which is why the safe and effective IPL is such a godsend – especially when you consider that the only other option is surgery.

The treatment uses selective photolysis – meaning the light only burns the affected capillaries, without damaging the surrounding skin. Once the unwanted capillaries are burned, your body will naturally dispose of the dead material within a couple of days while new skin cells are simultaneously generated.

Acne scars are a popular reason for collagen induction therapy

IPL treatment for acne

Most people will suffer from acne at one time or another, and for the majority, it will clear up on its own – perhaps with some help from a good skincare regime. There are those, however, that may need some extra help – especially as over-the-counter treatments are just not effective enough – and that’s where IPL comes in.

In fact, IPL can be used to treat both active acne and acne scarring, making it an all-round effective and revolutionary treatment for unwanted, confidence-crippling pimples. Using targeted light waves, IPL will not only kill the bacteria behind acne but will also help treat the associated inflammation – as well as any resulting scarring.

Often dubbed the ‘lunchtime procedure’, it’s as quick, easy and painless as popping to the café for a quick bite to eat.

No disrespect to the Indian cricketeers or anything, but the only IPL winner in this story is you.

Give us a call today to register your interest in IPL – soon to be offered by Lovoir Beauty

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