Is laser, ipl and is ipl, laser? Confused..Well, most people are. Most people think that an IPL machine is a Laser hair removal machine. Um…No. I’ve even read through many websites that try and explain the difference but still end up saying its the same thing in the end. But it isn’t. I am going to try and explain in simple English what they really are.
The only thing that an IPL and Laser machine have in common are that they are both used for permanent hair removal. Actually, take that back. They have two things in common. The second is that they both emit light. So….where is the difference then Gabby? The difference lies in the type of light they emit….Geez….
So at the end of they day they both offer a solution to permanent hair removal but they differ as they produce different results for different people based on their skin colour and hair colour. They have different applications as the Laser and IPL hair removal machines differ in the spectrum of light they emit.
So as I briefly stated before, both a Laser and IPL hair removal machine both involve producing energy in the form of light which is absorbed by the dark pigments of the hair. The light energy causes damage to the hair follicle and stunts it growth, ultimately leading to permanent hair reduction. This is a very important point, because the light energy targets dark pigments, it is always important for darker skin colours to be extremely careful
when doing Laser or IPL as this may damage the surrounding skin tissue causing pigmentation.
Laser machines are quite simple as they generate a single wavelength of light (referred to as monochromatic light by wikipedia). It is a very concentrated light in one single colour and form to target the melanin in the hair follicle.
Firstly, IPL machines are not Lasers and Lasers are not IPL. They are two different machines.
IPL can be distinguished from Laser as it produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths vs the single wavelength produced by a Laser hair removal machine. Because there is different wavelengths, it is largely argued for this reason that IPL machines
are not as effective as Laser machines for permanent hair reduction as they can only target a few hairs at a time in comparison to the Laser hair removal machines.
In saying that, the effectiveness of Laser over IPL only really applies to those that have both very dark skin and dark hair follicles. If you have olive skin or lighter coloured skin, both Laser and IPL machines will work exactly the same and provide the exact same results.