If you are looking into different options for permanent hair removal, you have likely come across two of the most popular options these days: laser hair removal and IPL. In this post, we will go over the major differences between the two so that you can choose the one best suited for you and your specific needs.
What’s the difference between IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser hair removal?
Both laser and IPL use light to heat the hair follicle and prevent it from regrowing. But, the technology that is used to deliver the light differs between the two.
Lasers produce a very specific type of light that’s made up of one wavelength of color of light that all goes in one direction, creating a single beam like a laser pointer. IPL devices produce a wide range of wavelengths of light to produce a single white flash. This light is closer to natural light and can often appear with an orange or red glow when the device flashes against the skin.
Our GraceAllure IPL Laser Hair Removal emits wavelength to destroy hair follicles under the skin without damaging your skin tissue, prevent hair regrowth and leaves your skin silky smooth. It is clinically proven to be dermatologically safe, effective, and result in the same outcome as the expensive laser hair removal treatment at clinic. It is safe to use on all skin areas for face, body & bikini line as well as full Brazilian. IPL is safe for all skin types including sensitive skin.
How does it work?
Laser light and IPL light actually work by exactly the same mechanism when it comes to removing hair:
• The light (laser or IPL) enters the skin and is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair shaft.
• The absorption of light causes the hair shaft and follicle to heat up.
• If the correct amount of light energy is used, the hair follicle cells are heated up to a critical temperature that results in an interruption of the hair growth cycle.
• Depending on a number of factors, the effect can be permanent or temporary.
How to use IPL
1. Shave the hair area a day before you begin the treatment.
2. Select a suitable intensity according to your hair pigment.
3. Press the “flash” button. And move on to the area that needs to be treated.
Frequently asked questions
Will IPL or laser treatment remove my hair permanently?
This depends on the hair type. Some treatments will reduce the hair in density meaning some hairs will regrow after a single treatments and patients will need multiple treatments. Permanent hair removal means none of the hairs in the treated area will regrow after a single course of therapy and no ongoing laser therapy is needed. Whether the hair removal is permanent or just reduced in density depends on:
• The color and thickness of the hair, dark hair and coarse hair will need more treatments
• The color of the patient’s skin: Dark skin can take more treatments than light skin
• The type of laser or IPL you are using
Does IPL hair removal hurt?
No! The process is painless. You may feel a tingling sensation and at most a little bit of heat.
Which one, IPL or laser treatment is better for me?
IPL can give you the same results as laser-treatments, as long as you follow the treatment plan , while saving you time, money and countless trips to the spa or salon. We think that’s a win-win!
How many IPL treatments does it take to see results?
How many IPL treatments are needed depends on your skin tone. Darker skin tones will require more treatments than people with fair skin. Typically, IPL devices should be used regularly for four to 12 weeks, in order to make sure all visible hair has been treated. Hair should start to appear finer and grow back slower, or not at all.
I’m on a budget. Is laser or IPL best for me?
IPL is significantly cheaper than laser treatments and it’s also painless. Our GraceAllure IPL Laser Hair Removal device, for example, costs just one payment of $89.99. Compare that to laser hair removal treatments in-office that require multiple visits and cost at least $250 per session.
Please visit our website to learn more about our GraceAllure IPL Laser Hair Removal device and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, we would be happy to help you!