Truth be told, IPL and Laser work in a very similar way to each other. Both treatments utilize heat and light in order to damage the hair follicle, in the aim to permanently prohibit hair regrowth.
The main difference between the two is that laser uses a single, more focused beam of light whereas IPL works like a flash lamp, covering larger areas at a time with light 'waves'. "It works in the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it," explains laser specialist Debbie Thomas. "The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair," Thomas adds.
Over the years, dermatologists concluded that IPL is a safe, effective and more affordable solution to permanent hair removal. The IPL's light 'waves' are absorbed by the dark pigment in the skin (hair).
When those 'waves' are absorbed by the dark pigment it’s then converted to heat which causes damage to the hair follicle.
Is IPL expensive for hair removal?
Laser light is very expensive to generate. For this reason, in salons especially, laser treatment is known to be offered for quite a high price whereas IPL is often much more affordable. IPL devices are usually a one time purchase, and usually, have a device lifetime of 10+ years. However, many salons and shops try to sell older versions of the device for ridiculously high prices ($650+)! Luckily, we are providing you an At Home IPL on our website that has inbuilt the latest hair removal technology from 2019 and for less than half the price! Click Here if you want to see this IPL device on our website!
Is IPL safe for hair removal?
IPL was originally developed as a treatment for skin problems and acne, however, after some time, dermatologists realized it is just as effective for hair removal as laser, except safe enough to use by individuals with no qualifications. The vast majority of people using the IPL devices to this day say its completely painless and has a lot less irritation compared to shaving and waxing. There are no long term side effects of IPL treatments. Intense Pulsed Light technology has been in use since 1996 for hair removal and to this day, no serious side effects or damage from long-term use have been reported.
Is IPL effective for hair removal?
Yes, over the last decade countless studies have been conducted for the results of IPL. Not only do these studies show positive results for the various skin and acne problems, but IPL has been proven to be very effective for hair removal.