Not many people know there is any difference between IPL and laser hair removal technologies. Often thought of as similar, the main difference between laser hair removal and IPL is in the results. Laser will deliver more precise, longer lasting, better results. Therefore understanding the differences between laser and IPL is key before deciding which laser hair removal clinic to visit. Depending on what laser technology they are using will give you a guide to what results you should expect. We’ve summed up everything you need to know about the laser hair removal treatments below.
UNDERSTANDING LASER HAIR REMOVAL
So how does hair removal work with a laser? The crucial element in laser hair removal is matching specific wavelengths of light and pulse duration to the hair target. Namely this means the melanin found in the hair follicle. Melanin is a naturally occurring pigment in our skin and hair that is associated with determining colour. Importantly for safety and comfort the laser energy is absorbed only into the follicle, thus avoiding the surrounding skin tissue area. The process works by destroying the hair root. This prevents blood flow to the follicle thus disabling the hair growth long-term.
UNDERSTANDING IPL HAIR REMOVAL
IPL technology, also known as intense pulsed light technology is actually not a laser treatment. In contrast to laser hair removal it uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths. This means it has more unfocused energy around the hair and skin area. That’s why at Premier Laser in London we do not use IPL technology for hair removal treatments.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND IPL?
Typically, IPL technology will require more treatments and produces less effective hair reduction. Laser technologies we work with in clinic are more advanced and effective than IPL counterparts with less discomfort (as they are fitted with integrated cooling systems). In addition, it means our machines can treat more skin and hair types than an IPL would. For this reason we utilise IPL for greater purposes such as skin rejuvenation.
WHAT IS THE BEST LASER FOR HAIR REMOVAL?
We use the leading most advanced laser hair machines to deliver optimum results. Candela and Cynosure are two of the leading, most trusted suppliers of laser technology in the laser hair business. The technologies combine both an alexandrite laser great for treating lighter skin types and a Nd:YAG perfect for treating dark skin.
CAN IPL AND LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREAT ALL SKIN TYPES?
It depends on the equipment if IPL or the laser machine can treat all skin types in the Fitzpatrick skin scale, so everyone is recommended to have a patch test & ask your therapist beforehand to enquire about the equipment.
HOW MUCH DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND IPL COST?
Prices can vary greatly depending on location or technologies used. In London the cost of laser hair removal is very competitive which is why at Premier Laser we offer a price match guarantee to anyone interested in trying laser hair removal. IPL will typically be cheaper than laser given that the results are less effective and in the long run would require a lot more treatments. This is why typically we use our laser hair removal machines as opposed to IPL for getting rid of unwanted hair.