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What's The Difference Between IPL And Diode Laser For Hair Removal
Sep 26, 2016

What's the difference between IPL and Diode laser for hair removal

If you’ve been looking at treatment options for permanent hair removal, you may have come across both diode Laser Hair Removal and IPL and may be wondering what the difference between them. In short, laser hair removal is safer, more effective, and the only way hair removal should ever be performed.

With both IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser hair removal there is high potential that unwanted hairs can be kept away for a long time. The two methods are very similar and highly comparable, though there is at least one clear difference: Laser hair removal uses a real laser while IPL does not. As the name suggests, IPL uses a light based device instead in order to destroy the hair follicles for good.

IPL and laser hair removal are essentially two different technologies and both are branded under various names, by different companies and often have unique features (such as built-in cooling). But what both of these hair removal methods have in common is the way in which hairs are destroyed. Both laser hair removal and IPL uses small devices that ultimately generate heat, which is what severely damages and burns the hair follicles by the root. This causes some clients to notice the smell of burnt hair, and why the skin can look and feel like a mild sunburn the day after treatment.

How do IPL and laser hair removal work?

Unlike laser treatments, which emit a specific wavelength, IPL works like a flash-lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making IPL very targeted. That also means it affects the pigment in your skin too, so IPL only really works for those with fair skin and dark hair.

"It's now generally accepted that IPL is a good workhorse for treating blood vessels, but not a very good one for hair removal. The truth is, it's limited and quite uncomfortable," says Dr Patrick Bowler, laser expert, and director of Courthouse Clinics. "The great thing about laser is that you can specifically set them up, adapting the nanometre of the wavelengths to target an exact pigment. For example we know that brown hair is zapped at 800 nanometres."

Both treatments have been available commercially since the mid 90’s yet are distinctly different. The issue here is that many clinics in Melbourne claim to provide Lasers, when in fact they only use IPL. In this article, we aim to clear up some misconceptions and shoot straight when talking about the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL Hair Reduction.

These treatments involve producing light energy, which is then absorbed into the dark pigment of the hair to ultimately cause damage to the hair follicle. The goal is to destroy the hair root and also reduce hair growth.

Light is absorbed best and attracted to dark objects. We have all heard about wearing dark clothes in summer and being much hotter compared to wearing white; the reason is because it’s true! In a similar way, laser energy is absorbed much better by dark material (pigment) in the skin (but with much more speed and intensity). This dark target matter (chromophore)can be naturally-occurring or artificially introduced. Melanin is considered the primary chromophore for most lasers. Hair removal lasers selectively target one of three chromophores: Carbon, Haemoglobin or Melanin.

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