IPL and Laser hair removal work by a process called Photothermolysis. Both treatments rely on the absorption of light by the melanin (colour) contained in the hair shaft. The light causes the hair to heat rapidly to around 70 degrees centigrade. The cells responsible for re-growth of the hair are heated and destroyed.
IPL and Laser selectively target the hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. The difference between IPL and Laser treatments is all in the science.
The laser works on a single wavelength to produce a concentrated beam, which can be directed to specific areas and targets the melanin in the hair follicle.
The wavelength of light that we use is 1064 nm. It has the deepest penetration but it has the least melanin absorption, which means it is the safest treatment for dark skin types, as the wavelength does not affect the melanin in the skin.
Laser can treat all skin types (1-6 on the Fitzpatrick skin-type scale).
IPL is white light; it is a mixture of many different wavelengths (colours). The wavelength of light that we use is for hair removal is 650 nm
IPL can treat nearly all skin types (1-5 on the Fitzpatrick skin-type scale) except black skin.
So which is better IPL or Laser?
There is no definitive answer because there are many variables for the laser practitioner to consider, such as: the skin type of the person who is being treated, the colour of the hair, the location of the hair on the body and the size of the area being treated.
IPL and Laser hair removal treatment do have some limitations as some red hair and white or grey hair do not respond to the treatment as there is very little, or no melanin for the light to target.
Both methods have been proven to be effective for the treatment for hair removal. A course of treatments must be completed to deliver optimum results.
We can help you to find a safe and long-term solution for men and women in the removal of unwanted hair. Our consultation services are free and will provide you with a good opportunity to ask us questions and find out more information about hair removal procedures. At this time you will be assessed to see if you are suitable for the treatment.