The Difference Between Laser and IPL

What’s the difference between Laser and Intense pulse Light (IPL)?

LASER light has three characteristics that separate it as the brightest, most powerful light known to mankind. LASER light is monochromatic (i.e. one colour) and research has shown that this colour light destroys hair follicles.   Intense pulse light (IPL) is NOT monochromatic, meaning that IPL has many different colours and only a small percentage of these colours are effective in the treatment of hair reduction.

LASER is collimated meaning it’s slow to diverge or spread out. This makes LASER light very powerful as nearly 100% of the light can be effective in the treatment of hair reduction. IPL is NOT collimated and so therefore is quick to spread out – like a torch beam - making it less effective in the treatment of hair reduction.

Finally LASER is coherent meaning that the light is totally reinforcing and doesn’t cancel itself out whereas IPL is NOT coherent and is NOT reinforcing making it less effective in the treatment of hair reduction.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) has its place in the cosmetic market as it is effective at removing some types of sun damage when used by competent trained users.

LASER stands alone as an effective treatment for hair reduction

Please contact us if you would like a copy of the clinical paper comparing Laser with IPL.  This study was carried out under research conditions by doctors in USA