IPL verses Laser Hair Removal

When comparing laser hair removal to Intense Pulsed Light hair removal there are certain factors to consider including the effectiveness or results, training and qualifications needed and the target chromophore within the skin.

The wavelength of light used determines how deeply the light or laser energy penetrates into the skin therefore affecting whatever structures are in that particular layer. IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, as it is multiple wavelengths is more suited for treating multiple skin conditions such as pigmentation, capillaries and sun damage which lie in a similar area within the skin. A hair removal laser (such as the Alexandrite) and its single or targeted wavelength is more suited to the melanin contained inside the base of the hair follicle, effectively killing the cells created for growing another hair.

Licensed laser operators are required to hold a certificate qualification which represents a theoretical exam in addition to a minimum number of hours logged using the laser hair removal technology. IPL on the other hand requires no such qualification and many can in fact be purchased quite cheaply leading to a large number of operators incorrectly using the technology in an unskilled manner. This can lead to permanent injuries such as burning, scarring and discolouration in the skin.

Laser is often less painful than IPL, doesn’t require messy ultrasound gels and generally requires much fewer treatments to achieve the desired hair removal result. IPL can sometimes have larger spot sizes than laser but often lasers have a faster repetition rate which allows a higher number of pulses to be fired in a shorter time frame.

This equates to shorter treatment sessions.
Both laser and intense pulsed light have their roles within the cosmetics industry but when it comes to permanent hair reduction, laser hair removal is the gold standard, especially when taking into account the safety and effectiveness of the technology.

Looking for IPL Photorejuvenation Brisbane QLD or laser hair removal Brisbane QLD, Contact Image by Laser today. Image by Laser also provides IPL Hair Removal Brisbane QLD

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