Laser, IPL & VPL Hair Removal – What’s The Difference?

Laser, IPL & VPL Hair Removal What's The Difference

Laser, IPL, VPL… nowadays there are so many different methods of hair removal available that you may find it hard to keep track of all of them. What’s the difference between laser, IPL and VPL hair removal you may ask? Well they are all very similar but there are also many differences so it’s important to know what these differences are before investing in a package of treatments as it could set you back a fair bit! We’ve compared the three methods below so that hopefully it will help you decide which is the best one for you.

LaserIPLVPL
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.An effective way of permanently reducing hair which although is not as good as laser, it is better than IPL as the variable pulse settings of VPL allow increased control of the intensity and length of the waves of light so hairs can be better targeted and all types of hair ranging from very thick to fine can be effectively treated.
Can be used on all areas of the face and body.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.VPL treatments done professionally cost around the same as IPL treatments however there are currently no home VPL kits available on the market
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.VPL 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.VPL can result in some redness and swelling after treatments as well as there is a chance of burning, scarring and discoloration. This is more likely to occur than laser since it uses multiple wavelengths of light although it is less likely to cause damage compared to IPL due to increased control of the light waves.
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.Has generally been found to be more painful than laser and similar to IPL.
Effective treatment for ingrown hairs.Effective treatment for ingrown hairs.Effective treatment for ingrown hairs.

We hope that you now know the difference between laser, IPL and VPL hair removal, feel free to leave a comment below you have any questions!

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