What is the difference between IPL and Laser Hair Removal? (and why Laser is your better choice)

Many people wrongly believe IPL and Laser treatment to be the same thing. So we would like to explain how these two treatments differ and why you should choose Laser Hair Removal over IPL.

Firstly, it’s no wonder there is some confusion as there are some similarities. Both treatments have been available commercially since the mid-90s and both involve the production of light energy, which is absorbed into the pigment of the hairto change the nature of the hair follicle. This then results in reducing the hair growth.

IPL Laser hair removal


However, IPLs are NOT lasers. The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) machine produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths (like a light bulb) and can’t be focused to a concentrated beam. The more shallow penetration, compared to laser, means that deeper, thicker hairs are not treated effectively. Additionally, with IPL, some of the light will be absorbed into the skin leading to a greater risk of skin burns, especially in darker skins.

Laser machines produce a single wavelength of light (pure light consisting of one single colour and form), which has a very concentrated beam and specifically targets the melanin in the hair follicle. Lasers are far more precise, and can selectively target dark, coarse hairs whilst leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair colour and, importantly, are safe for all skin colours.

Whilst IPL might be cheaper, it’s most certainly a less effective technology for reducing body hair.

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