Laser Hair Removal vs IPL
Permanent hair removal is a delicate science, and not all hair removal treatments are equal.
Here’s what you need to know:
What’s the difference between IPL and Laser?
The key difference between the two treatments is that IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, whereas laser emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that’s optimised for maximum follicle absorption. It is for these reasons IPL is not as effective for hair removal as laser. The High Speed LightSheer Desire is a laser that produces a large beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. Hence the risk of burns, pigmentation problem which may occur in darker skin is less.
Is hair removed permanently?
IPL and laser treatments both destroy hair follicles, but only a certain percentage of hairs are attached to the follicle at any given time as part of the natural growth cycle. Therefore only the hairs in the active phases will not grow back. Which means multiple treatments are required for both. Typically, it can take between 4 and 8 sessions to start achieving your lowest possible hair regrowth level.
Which one hurts more?
Some discomfort may be experienced during and after the treatment for both laser and IPL, the severity depends on the individual. LightSheer laser machine relies on vacuum and non-direct contact with skin to make it more comfortable.
What areas can you treat?
You can generally laser almost anywhere on the body except the under part of the eyebrows due to it being too close to the eye area. As for IPL, it can be used safely on most areas of the body. The only time it should be avoided is based on skin colouring, with darker skin not recommended.
How long do the treatments take?
The LightSheer Desire High Speed hand piece uses breakthrough vacuum assist technology in combination with diode laser light to allow rapid and comfortable treatment of large areas.
A back or legs can now be treated in 15-20 mins without the need for topical numbing creams. Underarms and Bikini areas take around 5 mins.