IPL Diode Laser

IPL Diode Laser

IPL diode laser hair removal is still one of the most popular aesthetic procedures. The treatment has gained acceptance globally and has become the standard for both women and men.

What is IPL or Intense Pulse Light Treatment?

IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light. It is a sort of light therapy which is used in a number of dermatological procedures and can remove your hair successfully.

What is the Difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL?

Unlike the laser treatment processes where in just a specific wavelength of light is emitted from the diodes on what you target, IPL has a number of wavelengths which are scattered within your skin. As the other light-based treatments, IPL works just by emitting a particular type of wavelength into your skin and the light is absorbed by the pigment in your hair. This turns into heat that kill the growing cells responsible for making hair. Laser IPL Ashford is one of the most popular methods of removing hair.

Laser has three unique properties

  • Laser is monochromatic meaning that the light emitted from a laser is of one wavelength (colour). In contrast, ordinary white light is a combination of many different wavelengths (colours).
  • Diode Laser is “collimated” meaning the light waves are parallel. This makes laser light very powerful, as nearly 100% of the light can be effective in the treatment of hair reduction.
  • Laser is coherent, meaning the light is totally reinforcing and does not cancel itself out. The coherent light produced by a laser differs from ordinary light in that it is made up of waves all of the same wavelength and all in phase (i.e., in step with each other) – ordinary light contains many different wavelengths and phase relations.

Lasers utilise one wavelength to selectively target one specific chromophore, which is melanin. This allows for deeper penetration and the energy is directed straight to the target and not absorbed by the other chromophores in the path of the beam. Lasers will selectively destroy specific targets and not cause harm to the surrounding tissue when used properly. Laser machines are set to emit the exact wavelength required to treat your hair.


IPL systems on the other hand are not lasers. These devices produce a broad spectrum of wavelengths (like a light bulb) and cannot be focused to a concentrated beam. Because a range of different wavelengths is dispersed at a variety of depths only some of these are effectively absorbed by the hair follicle, causing substandard results and increasing the risk of burns.

  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) is not monochromatic, meaning that IPL has many different colours and only a small percentage of these are effective in the treatment of hair reduction.
  • IPL is not collimated and is therefore quick to spread out making it less effective in the treatment of hair reduction.
  • IPL is not coherent and is not reinforcing making it less effective in the treatment of hair reduction.

For this procedure to work effectively, your hair has to be living. They have to be attached to the bulb of the growing cell when you pull out your hair. IPL treatment is far less effective than the Laser hair removal method and this is perhaps the reason why IPL is far less effective than the Laser hair removal.

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