Laser vs IPL

Having hair in places where you don’t want is a source of embarrassment. Temporary hair removal solutions are not what you want; you need something that will produce permanent results. Both laser and IPL hair removal systems can provide solution to your problem.

Laser versus IPL for hair removal

There are several types of laser and IPL hair removal systems in Melbourne. Both systems have been approved for hair removal. Even though they work a little different, the principle is the same for all hair removal devices, removal of the hair follicle by heat while leaving skin intact. The available lasers and light sources operate in the red or near-infrared wavelength regions: ruby lasers (694 nm), alexandrite lasers (755 nm), diode lasers (800, 810 nm), neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers (1064 nm), and IPL sources (590 to 1200 nm) .

Lasers emit high intensity light of a single monochromatic wavelength, which is absorbed by target structures in the skin and converted to heat energy. This key principle is the theory of selective photothermolysis – the interaction between light and biological tissues. The main target of laser hair removal is the melanin contained in hair follicles.

Intense pulsed light IPL devices are sources of high-energy ligh, just like lasers. Still, IPLs are polychromatic and produce multiple wavelengths with each pulse. An IPL use filters which cut off different wavelength range values to target different applications.

The efficacy of IPLs can be described by the fact that theory of selective photothermolysis absorbing light over a wide range of wavelengths, and so monochromacity is not a prerequisite for selective targeting. IPLs can, therefore, be used in some conditions that are responsive to lasers.

Claiming advantage laser over IPL is false

Lasers are not for everyone and it’s essential that your hair must be darker than the surrounding skin. At the time very dark pigmented people absorb too much laser energy in their skin can result in burns. That is why lower energy is required to treat darker skin people but it will take more sessions to get result. Same applies for tanned people, they should wait till their tan fades to avoid complications. Lasers are preferred to IPL for treatment of dark skinned individuals as they can facilitate safer hair removal. However experienced IPL therapist can deliver effective and safe IPL treatments too. I’m stressing experienced IPL operator.

No laser or IPL hair removal clinics should promise permanent hair removal for their client. Success rate of is around 60-80% within two or three sessions. Many people see 50% reduction in hair after just a single treatment. Most customers also like the fact that hair grows generally thinner and finer in texture.

In summary, effective treatments are treatments which deliver the proper amount of power or heat to the proper depth or wavelength with no complications for the client.