Laser Light Treatment in Hair Removal
IPL vs Laser for Hair removal
Lasers provide a solution to permanent hair removal solutions. IPL had evolved to treat a variety of skin conditions and hair loss came as a side effect.
Laser hair removal has proven to be much more effective and less painful than IPL hair removal. Unwanted hair involves a significant amount of heat on the the hair follicle itself. It targets the hair follicle as opposed to the pigment surrounding the hair follicle resulting in much less skin damage.
Laser hair removal burns, although in most instances are mild. This may occur more often in patients with darker skin.
What is Hyperpigmentation:
Hyperpigmentation is the increase in the natural colour of the skin. Melanin, a brown pigment manufactured by certain cells in the skin called melanocytes is important for skin colour. Melanin production, a pituitary hormone called melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). Other pigments appear in the skin much less often.
What is Hypopigmentation:
Hypopigmentation is the loss of skin pigment or color. It may occur all over the body or localised. In localised hypopigmentation, there may be several patches or areas on the skin that appear white. The size and shape of the patches can vary. In people with hypopigmentation, there is either a decrease in melanocytes or melanin itself. A decrease in the amino acid tyrosine can also lead to hypopigmentation. Melanocytes use tyrosine to make melanin. Hypopigmentation can occur in people of all races. It is more noticeable in people with darker skin because of the contrast between the natural skin color and the white patches.
Laser hair removal also uses the ability to heat hairs and damage follicles by blasting them with light energy. A slight difference to IPL, in that is utilises the specific properties that lasers posses. Laser use are so that they can focus on smaller areas, travelling a larger distance without spreading out like light would. This also produces a beam that are only containing one (1) colour of light. These characteristics of lasers can benefit laser hair removal. The laser can travel deeper down into the pore, giving a concentrated blast of light to the follicle and be more specific in the treatment it gives.