What is the difference between laser and IPL hair removal? from skeily's blog


We realize that there is some confusion about understanding the difference between laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for permanent hair loss.

Both treatments have been commercialized since the mid-1990s. They involve the production of light energy, which is then absorbed into the dark pigment of the hair, which ultimately causes damage to the hair follicle. Then reduce hair growth without damaging the surrounding tissue.

The main advantages of using Laser over IPL technology are:

Laser technology is more efficient, more accurate and achieves better results than IPL.

OPT IPL hair removal machine is a cheaper, less effective technique for reducing body hair. The laser is more precise and can selectively target dark shavings while keeping the surrounding skin intact.

Each laser pulse takes only a fraction of a second and can process several hairs at a time.

Laser hair removal can be used to treat larger body parts.

The laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair color.

The laser is safe for all skin types and colors, including tanning skin and permanent hair removal, while IPL can cause burns on darker skin tones. IPL requires a lot of treatment and is ineffective and hair still grows.

The main difference between laser and IPL used as a hair reduction treatment is mainly in each of the techniques used to generate light, as well as the different characteristics of the light used. The laser produces a single wavelength of light (pure light consists of a single color and form) with a very concentrated beam and a specific target (melanin in the hair follicle). The type/color of the hair and skin will determine the adjustment settings for the machine and will be discussed with you during your test patch consultation. Adjust the laser machine to deliver the exact wavelengths needed to treat the hair.

IPL is not a laser. These machines produce a wide range of wavelengths (such as light bulbs) that cannot be focused into a concentrated beam. Because a range of different wavelengths is dispersed at various depths, some of these are only effective for reducing hair. A shallower penetration than a laser means that deeper, thicker hair cannot be effectively treated. In addition, some light can also be absorbed into the surrounding tissue, causing the pigment in the skin to heat up. This is why deeper skin types have a greater risk of burns. Compared to IPL photorejuvenation machine systems, laser machines generate more heat on the hair follicles for better results. Because heat is absorbed by the hair follicles rather than the skin, there is a reduced risk of burning when using a laser machine. This also makes the laser safer for people with darker skin. Laser treatment may be more expensive than IPL, but the effect is more prominent. IPL plays an important role in skin treatment. When we target skin problems (such as superficial hyperpigmentation and fine blood vessels), the non-specificity of intense pulsed light makes the treatment so effective.


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