You may have heard of pulsed light hair removal or intense pulsed light hair removal. This type of hair removal is also known as IPL hair removal or IPL hair reduction.
IPL hair reduction has been around for a while. But this kind of intense pulsed light hair removal has now been superseded several times over.
For any laser hair removal to work it must target and destroy the melanin in a hair follicle. It does this by converting light wavelengths to heat. This heat damages the hair follicle so it can no longer support hair growth. After a number of sessions, the follicle either cannot grow hair anymore, or it grows finer, lighter hair very sporadically.
Using IPL for hair removal
IPL hair reduction is less effective for one very good reason. Pulsed light hair removal uses a variety of light wavelengths. Some of these wavelengths will be ideal to target the melanin in a follicle, but some won’t.
Other technology, like the technology recently imported by Laser By Sia, uses one single, precise wavelength of light, the ideal wavelength needed to target the melanin hair follicle and damage it.
Using inexact wavelengths means that IPL hair reduction will need more treatments over time to achieve the same results as newer laser technology.
So while the older intense pulsed light hair removal may be the cheaper technology per session, you will need more sessions to get an effective result, and you will need more sessions to maintain your result. Find out more about IPL hair removal, or contact Laser By Sia.