Many people use the terms IPL and Laser hair removal interchangeably. Both methods use light energy to remove hair, but that’s where the similarities end.
We’ve prepared a go-to comparison guide, so you can get all the info and make the best decision for you.
Lets start with the basics...
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser uses selective photothermolysis which targets the melanin in the hair follicle. Melanin is the naturally occurring component which gives skin and hair its colour.
Importantly the laser energy is only absorbed by the melanin and avoids the skin tissue. How efficiently, comfortably and safely a laser targets melanin, is dependent on its wavelength
Our dual Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers, are able to target everything from fine, light hair and light skin to thick coarse hair and dark skin; reach the deepest level of dermal papilla which contains the blood supply to all new hair growth.
Less effective lasers can only reach the follicle, and are not suitable for fitzpatrick skin types beyond 1-3.
What is IPL?
Intensed Pulsed Light Technology uses broad spectrum light with multiple wavelengths scattered over the surface of the skin and looks like a camera flash, this damages the hair follicle and reduces hair growth.
The light is much less targeted, and it cannot determine the difference between melanin on skin and melanin in hair. Because of this, IPL is most effective on dark hair on fair skin, the risks of skin burns, skin damage and even blisters increases where the contrast between skin and hair colour lessens - so it is not suitable for anyone with olive skin tone or darker.
1. How Effective is the Treatment?
Probably the most often asked question, because results is the end goal of both methods, lets compare below...
Winner : Laser delivers a more effective & consistent treatment
2. How Safe are the Treatments?
Safety is paramount with any skin treatment, lets view the risks involved for both...
Winner : Laser has targeted treatment reducing long term exposure and unnecessary skin damage - Our Motus AY is tested safe for all skin tones
3. How Long do Treatments Take?
We are all short on time, treatment time can be an important factor to consider...
Winner : Laser; even with slightly longer sessions visible results are seen much quicker than IPL
3. How Much does it Cost?
Studies report the average woman spends up to £23,000 on a lifetime of hair removal, if it part of y
our regular maintenance, it is well worth investing ...
As a permanent solution & long term investment - Laser Wins
Many people achieve good results from IPL, those that fall into the optimal bracket and are able to maintain it long term may find this the best option for them.
They are very affordable these days and you have the comfort of being at home watching TV whilst you do it!
However; if you're serious about wanting Long Term results, which are delivered safely and efficiently Laser is the clear winner.
Many of our clients have been unsatisfied with IPL in the past or can't keep up with the ongoing maintenance. It is also inaccessible for many people due to their skin tone.
We remind anyone seeking Laser Hair Removal that not all Lasers are equal; the results shared, efficacy and safety in this comparison are only regarding our superior MOTUS AY and MOVEO technology from Lynton Lasers
We would love to hear your experience with Laser or at home IPL devices
* Results vary by client
*IPL or Laser only use a reputable and trained service provider, if doing IPL at home, read all manufacturers instructions carefully and always patch test any treatment