IPL treatment

The procedure of IPL rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photorejuvenation and requires a series of IPL treatments.

When used as hair-removal methods, both lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) use light to heat hair follicles and prevent regrowth. While similar sounding, the technology used by each really isn’t, with the critical difference being the light source used.

To help you identify which hair-removal method is right for you, Lucy Xu, skin explain what you need to know about both of the treatments.

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Laser hair removal explained

Xu explains that “Laser treatment affects hair in the active growth phase (anagen stage). The laser beam is made up of precisely controlled pulses of energy which are absorbed by the melanin or pigment in the hair, reaching into the active hair follicles that lie beneath the skin.” Essentially, the energy heats the hair – right down to the bottom of the root – safely destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin. “This process is also called photothermal destruction,” she adds.

“Most people will need a course of between six and eight sessions. After which time the hair will be visibly reduced or permanently removed, and the skin will appear smooth and even.”

IPL for hair removal explained

IPL technology – also known as intense pulsed light technology – is actually not a laser treatment, Xu clarifies. “In contrast to laser hair removal, it uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths. This means it has more unfocused energy around the hair and skin area.” So, IPL uses multi-spectrum lights whereas laser use single spectrum light, “meaning IPL energy is scattered and much weaker. Laser has a densified light, and all energy is focused on this single light.” 

When it comes to IPL, Xu explains the science. “Spectrum lights are measured as wavelength (nm), for example, 755nm wavelength means this spectrum light can penetrate 755nm deep beneath the skin. 755nm wavelength light is best attracted to melanin, so it is best used for hair removal. 532nm means light can reach up to 532nm beneath the skin.” Red cells in blood have highest absorption towards this light, so IPL is very effective at treating the appearance of superficial broken capillaries.