Laser Hair Removal and IPL are the most widely used ways of permanently removing unwanted hairs.
Both treatments share some similarities, but their differences dramatically effect the outcome of your permanent hair removal.
Here’s a quick summary of the differences between Laser Hair Removal and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal uses (you guessed it) a laser that emits light at a single wavelength, which is absorbed by the melanin found in and around the hair follicle.
This energy heats up the melanin, damaging the hair follicles which prevents future hair growth.
The effectiveness of the Laser Hair Removal treatment depends on the wavelength being used in the procedure.
Different procedures have been developed for different skin and hair types.
We’ve written about it here so you can learn more about the different laser hair removal procedures, and how there’s a treatment for everyone
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL works very similarly to Laser Hair Removal in that they both emit light to heat up the melanin, which in return destroys the hair follicles.
The difference is that IPL uses multiple wavelengths during the treatment (500-1,200nm).
The issue with that is that it might affect the pigment in your skin of the targeted area. This article on Telegraph really outlines the difference more in-depth, give it a read!
With Laser Hair Removal, we can use specific procedures that adjust for a single wavelength, making it safe and effective for whatever skin and hair type you may have.
Very Important Note To Remember
The equipment matters! Laser hair removal may be the more safe and effective hair removal treatment, but if the machine being used is sub-par, it won’t do the trick! Take that into consideration before determining how to proceed.
At Faces Skin Clinic, we use MEDICAL GRADE laser hair removal equipment to ensure safe and effective hair removal on any skin types and colours.
Come in for a FREE consultation today so we can determine what procedure works most efficiently for you!