Hair removal has become more and more popular in the recent years as women and men alike continue to seek for convenient means for permanent, hair removal. One of the relatively newer techniques in this field of aesthetic cosmetology is IPL hair removal.
Unlike laser which is a concentrated light source of one wavelength, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a broad-based light source possessing multiple wavelengths. The wavelength can be narrowed down for more specific uses by attaching an appropriate filter. In the case of hair removal, an IPL can be devised such that it can target the melanin of the hair follicle to injure and destroy the hair strand. For better results, IPL hair removal is best for dark-skinned individuals with melanin-rich, darker hair due to contrast considerations.
What is the difference between IPL and laser?
Studies have shown that IPL hair removal works as effectively as laser hair removal. One of the reasons for the popularity of IPL is that it costs much less than laser hair removal. They also are able to treat bigger portions of the skin at a time so that hair removal can be performed at a fraction of the time needed for usual lasers.
However, because IPL involves greater wavelength spectrum, this can translate to less control or less precision – which the means more unwanted hair removal side effects. For the same reason, IPL devices are most recommended for use in skin treatments than for hair removal. This is not to say that IPL hair removal is not effective (because it works to a significant extent), this is to say that as an alternative cheaper method for hair removal, IPL does have its drawbacks you need to be aware about. It is then very important to talk with a hair removal provider that will recommend you the best hair removal method for your unwanted hair problems.