Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, women and men who are tired of temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair on the face, back, legs or other body areas may welcome IPL hair removal with relief. IPL produces highly focused, intense beams of light which are effective in permanently reduce unwanted hair growth. Dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface absorb this light and convert it to heat, destroying the follicles and preventing hair growth for up to two years; therefore, patients with dark hair and lighter skin are the best candidates for treatment. This is also a wonderful treatment for patients with foliculitis. The patient can expect anywhere from 50-70% reduction in hair growth after a series of 3-6 treatments. Hairs that do grow back are usually smaller, lighter and less noticeable. Maintenance treatments may sometimes be needed.