SILK Medical Grade Laser Hair Removal vs IPL

So, What’s the difference?
The key difference between these two hair removal treatments is that IPL (Intensed Pulse Light) uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas SILK Candela laser (GentleYag Pro and GentleLase Pro) emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that’s optimised for maximum follicle absorption.

As laser has a more precise wavelength than IPL, results are achieved with significantly fewer treatments overall and less risk when treating for laser hair removal.

When considering Laser Hair Removal your SILK Laser and Skin technician will consider the thickness and darkness of the hair being treated. This is because the laser is attracted to pigment in the hair follicle — so will destroy pigmented hairs. This is also why best results are achieved on non-tanned skin where there is a variance between the skin colour and the hair colour.

This means that it is not as effective on blonde or grey hair.

Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?
On average, 10% of hairs are attached to the follicle at any given time as there are several natural growth hair cycles. To target each hair cycle, we recommend 10 treatments to achieve optimal results. Then a follow up treatment once or twice a year after that to maintain results.

Why you should go to a clinic with the appropriate credentials.
Medical grade lasers or IPL devices in the wrong hands can be dangerous. SILK Laser and Skin Technicians are fully trained with qualified educators. Pre and after care is recommended to soothe the skin and aid in the hair follicles falling out after treatment.

Test patches are sometimes recommended to ensure results are achieved for every client.

Find a clinic near you

Price List
The Candela difference
ZIP Own It Now Pay Later
Price List


Area Pre-Pay 10 Pre-Pay 6 Single Price
Legs - Half $111.30 $127.20 $159
Legs - Full $139.30 $159.20 $199
Half Legs , Brazilian + Underarms (F) $118.30 $135.20 $169
Full Legs, Brazilian + Underarm (F) $146.30 $167.20 $209
Full Legs + Brazilian (F) $146.30 $167.20 $209
Brazilian (F) $41.30 $47.20 $59
Brazilian + Underarm (F) $41.30 $47.20 $59
Brazilian (M) $97.30 $111.20 $139
Buttocks $41.30 $47.20 $59
Anus $34.30 $39.20 $49
Feet + Toes $34.30 $39.20 $49
Knees $34.30 $39.20 $49


Area Pre-Pay 10 Pre-Pay 6 Single Price
Underarms $34.30 $39.20 $49
Arms - Half $87.50 $100 $125
Arms - Full $115.50 $132 $165
Chest $83.30 $95.20 $119
Chest + Stomach $118.30 $135.20 $169
Stomach $52.50 $60 $75
Snail Trail $34.30 $39.20 $49
Back - Half $83.30 $95.20 $119
Back - Full $125.30 $143.20 $179
Full Back + Shoulders $143.50 $164 $205
Shoulders $48.30 $55.20 $69
Neck - Back or Front $34.30 $39.20 $49
Hands + Fingers $34.30 $39.20 $49
Areola $34.30 $39.20 - $ $49


Area Pre-Pay 10 Pre-Pay 6 Single Price
Chin $13.30 $15.20 $19
Lip $14 $16 $20
Chin + Lip $21 $24 $30
Ears $34.30 $39.20 $49
Eyebrows $34.30 $39.20 $49
Face - Full $42 $48 $60
Face - Sculpting $34.30 $39.20 $49
Face - Sides $34.30 $39.20 $49
Nose $9.10 $10.40 $13


AREA Single Price
+ Anus $10
+ Areola $10
+ Chin $10
+ Ears $10
+ Thigh Patch (Hand Size) $20
+ Knees $20
+ Eyebrows $10
+ Lip $10
+ Neck (Back or Front) $20
+ Snail Trail $10
+ Underarms $10
+ Rear $10
+ Shaving $10
The Candela difference

For the best results in hair removal, SILK Laser Clinics use the advanced Candela GentleLASE  PRO, GMAX and YAG hair removal technologies. Candela lasers are recognised as one of the most efficient and effective laser systems available today.


The Candela GentleLASE deliver unmatched performance and results in hair removal and with the added advantage of the patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) to provide consistent epidermal cooling, Candela GentleLASE provides a safe, fast, and comfortable hair removal treatments for most skin types.


At SILK, all Laser Hair treatments will be performed on the Candela GentleLASE PRO, GMAX or YAG  Lasers by an experienced and Laser Safety Certified technician. These are Medical Grade 4 Lasers one of the most effective and advanced machines available.



At SILK, we are proud to stand behind our services, and we believe all our clients deserve the best possible results. In most cases, eight to ten treatments is all that it is required to achieve the desired result, but if further Laser Hair Removal treatments are required after the completion of ten treatments, we promise to provide additional Laser Hair Removal treatments to you at 40% off for the rest of your lifetime! *
*40% off applies to the standard RRP per-treatment price in the original area of treatment only.

Your safety is our number one priority. All staff at SILK Laser Clinics undergo a rigorous training schedule as well as a minimum number of training hours before treating. All of our technicians have completed their laser safety course and are nationally laser safety certified. You can find these certificates hanging proudly at each of our five clinics.

Laser hair removal achieves the best results for people with fairer skin and darker hair, however our laser technology and laser preparation products allow us to treat a variety of skin and hair types. Laser hair removal is not suited to blonde, red, grey or white hair. Your Dermal and Laser Technician will be able to assess your hair during a free consultation.

We ensure our client’s total satisfaction by using the medical grade Candela GentleLASE  PRO, YAG and GMAX lasers, the world’s most effective lasers for hair removal. Treatments are quick, comfortable and effective, giving instant results.

The Candela GentleLASE PRO, GMAX and YAG  lasers at SILK Laser Clinics is a Medical Grade 4 Alexandrite lasers that produce a near infra light which targets the pigment in the hair follicle, without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. This light then generates heat within the hair follicle to sever the connection between the follicle and its blood supply destroying hair in the active growth stage only.

No lasers can claim to have achieved 100% permanent hair removal. However, FDA/TGA Approved Medical Grade 4 Lasers can, in most cases, achieve permanent hair “reduction” with approximately a 70% – 90% reduction in hair growth.

These results are dependent on the individual and can be influenced by such things as skin type, hair colour, and hormones. Permanent hair reduction may not be achieved by all clients, the vast majority of these clients are females with fine facial hair or members of both sexes experiencing varying levels of hormonal activity such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause.

At SILK Laser Clinics we offer two cooling options to our clients which are designed to keep the surface of the skin cool so that maximum energy from the laser can reach its target matter. A very happy consequence of these cooling systems is that our clients find it dramatically improves their level of comfort throughout treatments making it almost painless.

These two cooling options include the Zimmer Cryo System which delivers a constant stream of cold air throughout the treatment and can also be used to pre-cool sensitive areas. Along with Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device which gives the skin a short spray of cryogen milliseconds before the laser pulse.

Many clients have likened the treatment to the feeling of having an elastic band flicked against the skin. Please note that all clients pain thresholds differ substantially though and if pain is an issue, topical anaesthetic can be applied prior to treatment.

At SILK Laser Clinics, laser hair removal treatments start from as little as $6 and discounts are offered for pre-paid courses. This makes laser hair removal treatment extremely affordable when compared to ongoing costs of alternative hair removal methods, such as shaving and waxing. For more information on pricing, please refer to our pricing and specials page.

The number of treatments can vary, dependant on the individual and can be influenced by skin type, hair colour, medications, and hormones.

Depending on the area being treated, a course of  8 – 10 treatments is generally required to achieve the most significant hair reduction results. Your technician will make a recommendation of the number of treatments you require as part of your complimentary consultation and treatment planning session.

As hair growth is cyclical, it is recommended that a treatment is completed every 4 – 6 weeks for facial areas and every 6-10weeks for body areas, until the entire course is completed. However your technician will monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan if required.

We recommend clients adhere to their treatment plan, as a clients who miss an appointment or who leave a long period of time between treatments will not achieve optimum results.

Nearly all areas of the human body are treatable. For a list of our most commonly treated areas, please refer to our pricing page.

At SILK Laser clinics we recommend Laser Hair treatments for clients over the age of 18 years old.  This is due to the fact that hair growth has not fully developed due to changing hormonal levels. If you are under 18 years old please speak with your parent or guardian about laser hair treatments prior to contacting SILK Laser Clinics as they will be required to attend your consultation and sign a consent.

The laser specifically targets the pigment within the hair follicle. Consequently, it is important not to affect the skins pigmentation in anyway before or after your laser treatments. Sun exposure can increase the risk of adverse reaction including burning, blistering and post inflammatory hyper or hypo pigmentation in some cases these reactions can be permanent and prevent you from achieving your ideal results.

Please avoid sun exposure or solariums 2 – 4 weeks prior to your first treatment and continue to avoid exposure to the treatment area throughout your entire treatment plan. Be sure to also apply sunscreen hourly if you are exposed to direct sunlight.

It is also recommended not to use any form of artificial tanning products prior to your treatment, this includes fake tan sprays or lotions and bronzing powders or creams. As these products alter your natural skin colour they must be completely removed from the treatment area prior to your appointment, otherwise your technician may advise you to postpone your treatment.

Some medications may have blood thinning or photo-sensitising properties which can increase the risk of an adverse reaction, so it is important to bring along a comprehensive list of any medications or supplements you are on to discuss with your technician prior to treatment.

Clients with hormonal imbalances or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are recommended to consult an Endocrinologist for evaluation and possible medical treatment. These clients tend to have excess hair growth secondary to their medical condition and may find that they require both medical treatment as well as ongoing laser treatment, in order to achieve optimum results.

  • The team at SILK Laser Clinics provide a FREE Consultation for all our services in all our state of the art clinics

  • Locations



Select City