LASER hair removal vs IPL hair removal

Lasers and IPLs have been used for permanent hair reduction and skin rejuvenation treatments for many years. Although both IPL and Laser are light-based technologies, there are distinct differences between the two. The key ones are:

  1. Lasers use a single wavelength of coherent light while IPLs utilize various wavelengths of incoherent light. There is a large assortment of laser machines operating in clinics and salons. Different Laser equipment would usually operate on different wavelengths and parameters. Various wavelengths of light absorb into (and effect) different substances [chromophores] in our skin and body differently and this can make it very difficult for the consumer to choose the correct laser machine.

    The machine would have to suit their particular skin and hair type and tone as well as be suitable for treatment of that person�s particular condition [hair removal or pigmentation treatment etc]. This means that two different people may respond to treatment on the same equipment completely differently, even if they are similar in the way they look. 

  2. Historically, laser equipment has been more expensive than IPL equipment, this could potentially effect the price of treatments.
  3. IPL machines typically do not require the high levels of power or energy fluence necessary for lasers. High levels of power or energy fluence used by lasers can be associated with such side effects as skin discoloration, crusting and burns/blisters.
  4. As a rule laser treatments are more time consuming than IPL sessions. This is due to the fact Laser machines usually have a significantly smaller size of crystal, therefore the an area treated per shot is much smaller.

Please note: Laser hair removal treatments, acne treatments, vascular treatments, skin pigmentation treatments can all be performed using this amazing light-based technology. However different parameters are used for each treatment, for every patient. The end result of your hair removal treatment plan will depend on many factors including the skill of your laser hair removal therapist, the kind of equipment your skin clinic uses as well as you hair and skin type.