IPL Versus Laser
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and laser are both light based devices, but they are different technologies that can do a lot of the same treatments, including hair reduction, skin rejuvenation, and pigmentation treatments to name a few.
Here are 4 key differences between the two:
IPL uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths, while lasers emit a single, specific wavelength of light. IPL scatters on the area, whereas lasers have a focused beam of light that specifically targets an area..
Depth of Penetration
Lasers can penetrate deeper into the skin than IPL. The focused, single wavelength of light allows for targeted treatment of the different skin layers. IPL on the other hand with its scattered wavelengths, more often treats the upper layers of the skin.
Lasers are considered more effective for specific treatments, such as hair removal, tattoo removal, and treatment of vascular lesions due to their specific capabilities. IPL is often used for more general applications like skin rejuvenation or pigmentation/vascular treatments.
Both IPL and lasers are safe when used by trained professionals. However, as lasers have a more targeted approach, they are considered safer for treatments such as hair reduction on darker skin tones where the settings are more specific.
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