IPL (Intense Pulse Light) in Hair Removal
Is using IPL a permanent hair removal method?
NO! It is a permanent hair reduction method.
IPL technologies have evolved since their introduction into the medical community 20 years ago.
Their main uses are for cosmetic treatments such as:
- vascular/congenital malformations
- unwanted hair and pigmented lesions
Newer technologies often give results equal to those of laser treatments.
It is often mistaken that IPL and lasers are the same. IPL is an Intense Pulse Light that treats using a full &/or broad spectrum of light with different scattered wave lengths. Treatment times are quick and cheaper although may find yourself needing more sessions. Laser uses one specific wavelength of light.
IPL works better on thick, dark hair than and fair skin are the best combinations in achieving your results rather than on fine, light hair. This may include you needing to have several treatments to achieve your desired result.
… the color of the hair follicle is the target.
Both IPL light and laser impulses reach the root of the hair via the melanin. This stimulation has a ‘damaging’ effect on the root and after a few treatment sessions, will discourage the root in producing new hairs.
IPL can adjust to exactly match different skin and hair types within a treatment type. An example being a variation of IPL called VPL (Variable Pulsed Light). VPL enables the user to adjust settings, to increase control of intensity and length of waves of light that VPL devices have.
Developers recognise that different skin tones have different requirements. An perfect example is that thick, course bikini line hair will need different treatment to thinner arm hair.
IPL is gentler than LASER treatments and has less instance of irritation to the skin.