One of the greatest injustices in the cosmetic industry today is the confusion between IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal and laser hair removal. The uncertainty is understandable – after all, many people understand lasers to be little more than ‘Intense Light’. However, IPL hair removal is very, very different to laser hair removal! When investing in hair removal treatments we encourage you to do your research into the differences between one potentially harmful, and one effective and safe treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light systems use a beam of traditional light of many different wavelengths to burn the hair shaft, hopefully damaging the follicle to prevent immediate re-growth of the shaft that was removed. The big word for it is photothermolysis – ‘light heat breakdown’.
If IPLs work by photothermolysis, laser hair removal works by selective photothermolysis … and that single word makes a world of difference! You don’t want to cause ‘light heat breakdown’ in the cells of your skin, you want to selectively target the hair cells and follicles. The use of a particular wavelength of light in laser hair removal is what allows that selectivity, creating a heat injury to the hair, but not the surrounding skin.
The easiest and most direct way to tell the difference between the two treatments is to ask the provider. You can also check for:
At best, IPL will create some reduction in hair growth in the long term. At worst, though, it causes severe burns, hypo-pigmentation, blistering and scarring. It’s a lesson that some people have to learn for the rest of their lives, unfortunately.
Many IPL injuries go unreported, with people feeling that they should have known better. It is very important to know the difference between laser and IPL before starting your treatments.
CoolGlide systems are by far the more superior laser hair removal systems on the market for all skin tones, from light to dark, including tanned patients.
This unique design, longer wavelength and innovative cooling allows for extremely effective, safe and permanent results.
Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary methods which must be repeated on a frequent basis. The CoolGlide laser offers permanent hair reduction for lasting results.
Using the latest technology in laser hair removal, CoolGlide laser systems can treat large areas without the limitations of older technologies.
For permanent hair reduction, Cutera has created a long-pulse 1064 nm laser that represents several clinical firsts.
The 1064 nm Nd:YAG Advantage:
For more information on the CoolGlide Laser please don’t hesitate to ask. We offer Free Consultations please contact us on 09 630 8042 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* A course of treatments is required for optimum results. For more information please contact us to organise a complimentary consultation.