IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser hair removal are the top 2 go-to methods for long-lasting hair removal. While both hair removal techniques use light, IPL is not a laser. Both methods direct light at the pigment (melanin) in hair, which damages the hair follicles, preventing future hair growth. Today we’re going to go over some of the differences between the treatments and let you know why we think laser technology is the best way to go.
How Does IPL Hair Removal Work?
IPL uses broadband pulsed light to target the hair follicles, damaging them and preventing future growth. But since IPL uses a broad spectrum of light, the skin around the hair to be removed is also targeted. IPL is suitable only for lighter-skinned people with dark hair. It is not a suitable hair removal method for people with dark skin or people with light blonde and red hair. IPL may also require more treatments than required with laser hair removal.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
In contrast, the laser uses selective photothermolysis (SPTL). This precisely targeted light matches specific wavelengths of light and pulse duration to the melanin in your hair follicle. For your safety, the laser energy is focused and absorbed only into the hair follicle and does not target the surrounding skin. Therefore, the laser is a safer, more precise, and more effective hair removal technique than IPL for people with all skin types.
The Benefits of the Elite iQ Laser Hair Removal vs IPL
We believe the benefits of our Elite iQ laser make laser hair removal the best choice for the majority of our clients. Here’s why.
Skintel® Melanin Reader™
The Elite iQ system features the Skintel® Melanin Reader™, the only FDA-approved melanin reader on the market. That means it uses smart technology to read your skin tone and make precise adjustments in order to give you customized laser hair removal tailored to your skin and hair.
Higher Max Energy
The Elite iQ system provides you with fast laser hair removal. It’s equipped with 755nm & 1064nm Nd:YAG technology, a dual-wavelength suitable for all skin tones.
And of course, laser hair removal with the Elite iQ is precise, targeting only the hair follicles, and not damaging your skin in any way. You get smooth, hair-free skin that lasts longer!
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If you have hair in unwanted places, and you’re tired of shaving and waxing, laser hair removal may be a good solution, no matter the color of your skin or your hair. And you’re in experienced hands when you visit Aesthetics at Cima Health.
From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality care, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to look and feel your best. We help you make the most of your time by offering the best hair removal solutions.
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