I appreciate your reply and understand that IPL may not be the best method for permanent hair removal. I should be more clear by saying that my goal for purchasing an IPL machine is to treat a variety of conditions related to skin, in addition to hair removal. Hair removal wouldn't be the only condition being treated. I have had numerous IPL treatments on my skin and noticed that the hair in that area did not grow back as thick, nor did it grow back as quickly. It did come back like normal after several months. However, over time, and with more IPL treatments for skin conditions, the hair became less and less dense. Now my hair is much better, although not gone. However, the IPL treatments were not designed for hair removal, it was just a side-effect of treating the skin. I'm sure that using IPL specifically for hair removal would produce even better results than I saw. I'm sure you are correct with your statements that electrolysis is more effective for hair removal. Thank you again for your reply and honest feedback.