There is a common misconception that IPL is a laser. In fact, IPL is not a laser. They are two different technologies and roles to play in aesthetics. The laser is an abbreviation for L.A.S.A.R. (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) the light rays are of the same wavelength. IPL- Intense Pulse Light— the light beam has a range of wavelength. Both technologies reduce and prevent hair growth and disable the hair follicles.
In order to understand why Laser Hair Removal is more effective than IPL, it is important to understand how each technology put to work.
IPL produces a wide spectrum of light that shallowly penetrates the skin. The light is diffused and does not target any specific aspect of the hair. Some wavelengths of the light are absorbed by the hair, resulting in heating and disruption of the follicle, while the rest is reflected away. Only some of the energy generated during IPL affects the hairs, making it a less efficient method of hair removal than laser treatment.
This can be misleading, as the beam produced by IPL is wide-spectrum light and does not involve lasers. Therefore, it is misleading to refer to IPL as IPL laser treatment
A laser produces a single, concentrated wavelength of light that penetrates deeper into the skin to reach the base of the hair follicle.
The wavelength used in laser treatment has been specifically selected to target the melanin in the hair follicle, unlike IPL, which uses a more scattered approach where only some of the light is absorbed by the follicle. The narrow beam used in laser treatment is targeted, precise, and effective – all of the energy used in the treatment is being utilized for the intended purpose of hair growth reduction/removal.
Which is Better?
As you can see from the methods by which the different treatments affect hair follicle disruption, Laser Hair Removal offers a more targeted and direct approach. It also offers more permanent results, whereas IPL will require ongoing, regular top-up treatments.
Laser Hair Removal also works on hairs that IPL is ineffective at treating, particularly coarse or thick hairs. This is because the targeted beam reaches the follicle, while IPL light cannot effectively penetrate through these types of hairs to generate enough heat.
More comfortable than ever before Pain-Free, Hair-Free gently heats targeted hair follicles with gentle pulses of laser energy, while you stay comfortable. Nearly any part of the body can be treated safely and comfortably, including the face, neck, legs, arms, bikini line, back, and stomach. Because the laser is constantly in motion, many say that Pain-Free, Hair-Free treatments feel similar to a “hot stone massage.”