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Pros and Cons of IPL Hair Removal And Laser Hair Removal

Date:2014-03-10 10:07:28Click:1595 Size:T|T
There are pros and cons of both IPL Hair Removal And Laser Hair Removal and both can produce great results.
There are pros and cons of both IPL Hair Removal And Laser Hair Removal and both can produce great results.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, also known as a Photofacial, is used to decrease the appearance of sun spots and redness and can also be used for hair removal. IPL is multi-wavelength, scattered light that is generated from Xenon flash lamps and is not actually a laser, although it is frequently mistaken for one. 

IPL uses a broader spectrum of light than a laser so it's safer and less painful. The device is also larger than a laser head, so the actual treatment is faster too. A wider range of skin tones can be treated with IPL, but you should still schedule a consult first to make sure you're a suitable candidate. 

Use of IPL treatment is a very effective way for permanently reducing hair from the body with dark hair and fair skin. The reason behind this is that it is very easy target the melanin in the hair.

After completing the first IPL treatment, you only need six to eight sessions with intervals of eight to twelve weeks in order to achieve over 75% reduction of hair growth.With IPL hair removal, one is not required to grow hair as it is the case with electrolysis. You will only have to shave the hair before the start of the treatment.

IPL hair removal is not effective for people with red, white or grey hair. This is because this type of hair does not contain the dark pigment or melanin which the treatment targets. For this reason, it does not also work well with blonde hair.

There is still a risk of burning with IPL, especially if you don't go to a reputable place (be wary of too good to be true deals). Also, not all IPL devices are designed to treat darker skin tones. If you feel any sort of discomfort, speak up immediately!

Lasers use a narrow wavelength of light to zap and destroy hair follicles. Because of the targeted precision, this method is extremely effective. 

Laser treatment is not recommended for tan and darker skin tones, which have a high risk of burning and scarring because lasers are designed to target pigment and can't differentiate between the pigment in your skin and in your hair. Because the laser focuses on pigment, gray and blonde hairs can't be treated with laser hair removal. The zapping is more painful than other light-based treatments, like IPL. It will feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin.

One of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal is the speed of the treatment in comparison electrolysis, which is much more time consuming. The process works - most people experience long-lasting hair removal or even permanent hair reduction.

Since the laser targets melanin (pigment that gives skin and hair color), people with dark hair (more melanin) have more success with this treatment than people with light hair. There can be side effects that can range from itching or swelling (which will disappear after a few days) to more serious (but rare) side effects like burning, skin discoloration, blistering and infection. Laser hair removal can be costly, but many patients find the cost outweighs the hassle of dealing with unwanted hair on a regular basis. 

Find out which way is right for you, and find a reliable aesthetic treatment provider in your area.
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