IPL and laser hair removal are pretty similar as they both use pulses of light to target the pigment in hair follicles which then cuts off the blood supply to the hairs and stops the follicles ability to regrow hair. Hairs can only be targeted at the growing stage of the three stage hair growth cycle so not all hairs can be targeted in a single session and you would need several IPL or laser treatments to target all the hairs. Both methods of hair removal have advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before booking a session so we’ve listed below a comparison of IPL vs laser hair removal so that you can find the best method for you.
|Highly effective method of permanently reducing hair.||Quite an effective way of permanently reducing hair but as IPL uses multiple wavelengths of light, it cannot target the hair follicles specifically like laser does and therefore is not as effective. Deeper, thicker hair is also not treated and more sessions may be needed.|
|Can be used on all areas of the face and body.||Can be used on all areas of the face and body.|
|Can be expensive if professionally done but there are some affordable home laser kits which you could use.||If done by a professional, IPL is cheaper than laser and there are also some good IPL home kits available which are more cost effective.|
|Usually works best for darker hair and lighter skin tones but nowadays with advancements in technology, laser can be effective on a wide variety of skin tones and for most hair colors.||IPL only works well for those with fair skin and dark hair.|
|After laser treatments there may be some swelling or redness and there’s also a chance of burning, scarring and discoloration from the laser.||IPL can leave you with some swelling or redness and there’s also a chance of burning, scarring and discoloration. IPL is more likely to cause damage to the skin than laser as it uses multiple wavelengths of light in which the shorter wavelengths tend to target pigment in the skin.|
|Can be painful and has been described as being similar to being flicked at with a hot rubber band.||Has generally been found to be more painful than laser.|
|Effective treatment for ingrown hairs.||Effective treatment for ingrown hairs.|
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