What is Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal
Intense Pulsed Light hair removal is often called IPL hair removal, and it is a method used to treat and permanently remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is an incredibly popular method for removing hair, and it will also safely and effectively kill hair at the root with heat energy below the surface of the skin. Laser hair removal technologies are constantly being developed, and one of the newest choices available is the effective treatment of IPL.
IPL has shown significant results in permanently removing hair with less side effects than other similar treatments. One main benefit to the use of IPL is that it normally takes less time to see the hair removed within only several treatments. This is something that will save the patient money in the long run, and they will also have to invest less time as a result rather than undergoing a number of treatments. IPL is still considered to be laser hair removal, but it uses a different wavelength of laser to kill the hair follicle underneath the surface of the skin. IPL works with a more penetrating laser wavelength, so it risks less damage to the surface of the skin while killing the hair permanently. This is a technical laser therapy, but it is always referred to as IPL to differentiate the treatment from traditional laser hair removal.
IPL came onto the market in 1997, so it was actually developed before laser hair removal. However, it did take time to fine tune the technologies for IPL to become popular side-by-side with laser hair removal treatment. IPL differentiates from laser hair removal in that it uses a wavelength of light that can be absorbed by the pigment in the hair with less damage to the surface of the skin. This means that an even greater heat energy can be penetrated into the skin with less risks or side effects. The reason that IPL is highly effective is because it can be recommended for individuals with very dark skin tones. Ideally, standard laser hair removal is best recommended for those with very light skin and dark hair so that the laser heat can penetrate and target the hair effectively. Of course, different lasers have been developed for darker skin types, but they must be used with care to avoid burning or blistering because of the excess amount of pigment in the skin.
IPL works with a different type of wavelength to penetrate the skin regardless of the melanin content, so it is ideal for darker skin tones. However, one thing to keep in mind is that IPL is similar to laser hair removal in that it does not work to treat red, grey, or white hair, which will need to be permanently removed through electrolysis or temporarily treated with waxing. IPL provides a number of purposes besides standard hair removal, and it is often used for skin rejuvenation to reduce sun damage and vein treatment.
One thing to take into consideration is that IPL is a more concentrated hair removal treatment, so it will be more effective in smaller areas. That being said, you may want to consider standard laser hair removal for larger areas as a quick and effective treatment, like the back, legs, or chest area. This is precisely why many laser hair removal centers also offer IPL as a specialized treatment, with regular care through standard laser hair removal.
Currently, IPL is one of the most effective treatments available on the market. Individuals have seen over 75% of their hair removed after only having one treatment, which is quite impressive compared to a regular laser hair removal treatment. IPL works with accurate laser wavelengths that risk less damage to sensitive skin. It also has minimal side effects with less swelling than standard laser hair removal. IPL is an ideal choice for any darker skin types to minimize concern within the treatment and prevent burning or blistering as a side effect on the surface of the skin. However, keep in mind that this will still not be an effective treatment choice for blonde, grey, or red hair since that pigment cannot be effectively picked up by the laser to be treated.
If you have a darker skin tone and are hoping for a more accurate and safe laser hair removal treatment, IPL is a wonderful choice. It is also becoming a preferred option across the board since it has been proven to effectively provide greater results in continuous hair removal with less treatments.
This article was written by Bethany North. Bethany is a licensed esthetician with experience in hands-on experience in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, laser hair removal, makeup applications, skin analysis, waxing, spray tanning, and product ingredient assessment. She has also worked as a salon sales and training consultant, as well as a consultant for beauty and hair care product lines in branding and marketing.