You should know IPL is not painful in comparison to laser. It can be uncomfortable at times, but rarely very painful. For example, laser hair removal in a clinic is more painful due to the difference in the laser technology used. Many girls have also said certain at home laser hair removal handsets that use the same diode laser technology are equally as painful. If your pain threshold is low, it would be best to choose at home IPL hair removal as it's an effective and far less painful method of hair removal. That being said IPL laser hair removal and laser hair removal are very similar forms of hair removal and you should follow the same precautions for each method.