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Laser Hair Removal vs. IPL - What Is The Difference?

29/07/2015

We often get asked what the difference is between Laser Hair Removal and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments and even more often why generally speaking Laser Hair Removal is more expensive. So we thought we'd highlight these differences so our clients can fully understand the two treatments and make an informed decision before commiting to a couse of hair removal. 

The main differences between Laser and IPL hair removal treatment  lie in the technology that each use to generate the light, as well as the different properties of the light being used.

IPL

IPL's are not Laser. IPL was the first form of hair removal using light brought to the market in about 1997. The energy used to destroy the hair follicle is produced by a lamp, and produces a variety of wavelengths of light, like a scaterred light, meaning that it is less targeted and less powerful. It is also restricted to use on fairer skin types as it can cause burns on darker skin tones. Since IPL machines were created for cosmetic use back in the 90's, the industry and the technologies advanced and a more effective method was found in Laser Hair Removal. 

LASER

Laser machines produce a single wavelength of light resulting in an intensely concentrated beam of light. The energy is extremely focused so it is very precise, offering more powerful, accurate results. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Laser machines are tuned to emit the exact wavelength required to treat your hair so are also much safer than IPL treatments. 

In order to obtain the very best results for our clients we only use Laser machines for hair removal treatments at Skin Health Spa. 

You may find that other clinics that use IPL as the equipment offer a much lower price for treatment but it is always worth bearing in mind that they are not using the best techonology and you will not achieve the results you can with Laser. We have many clients that have fallen into this trap and bought IPL elsewhere for a cheaper price and then have had to come to us for Laser afterwards as they didn't get the results they needed. 

During your visit to a Skin Health Spa clinic, you will not only find a safe and professional environment, you will also be in the capable hands of our experienced doctors, nurses and aestheticians who are trained to provide each client with professional and trusted advice. You'll be able to throw your razor away once and for all! 

To summerise the main advantages of choosing Laser Hair Removal over IPL..... 

  • Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves better results that IPL. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after 3-5 sessions.
  • Lasers are far more precise, and can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • Laser pulses are very short and are combined with cooling to minimise build up of heat on the skin.
  • Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time.
  • Laser hair removal can be used to treat larger body areas quickly such as full legs, back and chest.
  • Lasers are safe for all skin types (1-6), We can customise treatments to your specific skin tone and hair colour. 

Book your free initial consultation with one of our specialists today to find out how you can get started on a course of Laser Hair Removal and be hair free for Summer!

View our Laser Hair Removal page for more information or call your nearest clinic on 0800 24 25 145. We also have some fantastic offers on our Laser treatments this Spring as most courses can take several months to complete so March is the perfect time to get started. See our OFFERS page to save up to 40% OFF!