What exactly is IPL?
What is IPL?
Permanent laser hair removal has often times been thought to be an expensive procedure only done in fancy offices, costing you an arm and a leg. But what if there was another option? Having lighter toned hair and smoother skin has now been brought home to you. And no, I don’t mean shaving or waxing. A
technology known as IPL allows you the chance of having that permanent laser hair removal without the loss of your time and money. IPL at-home laser hair removal devices are giving you the chance of having smoother skin you’ve always wanted.
What is IPL?
IPL, or intense pulsed light, in a nutshell is a technology that is used in the process of hair removal. IPL devices use the light it emits to heat the hair follicles, lightening the hair as well as preventing hair to continue to grow. The key difference, however, to in clinic laser hair removal, is the kind of light that is
emitted during treatment. Laser hair removal uses a very specific type of light that consists of one wavelength of color, but IPL devices produce a broader range of color to produce a single white flash, allowing the hair removal process to be more efficient and effective as it has a wider range of wavelengths of light.
IPL and lasers share similarities with their treatments as they both use light to heat and destroy their targets. However, as stated above, lasers use a single wavelength of light therefore only treating one condition, whereas IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with interchangeable filters, allows it to
be used against several conditions. Not only is IPL used for hair removal, but it can be used for various skin treatments such as skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins. It can also be used to alleviate Dermatologic diseases like
acne, and is used in optometry and ophthalmology to treat evaporative dry eye disease. It’s truly a remarkable technology that hasn’t gotten its credit where credit is due.
How Does it Work?
IPL works in the same manner as lasers do. Melanin is the dark pigment that is found in both your hair and skin, determining the color of both. It is particularly dense at the base of the hair root, and when IPL devices are used on these areas, it targets the dark pigment around the hair follicle. The light of the IPL
device enters the skin, absorbing the melanin in the hair shaft, which causes the hair shaft and follicle to heat up. When using the correct amount of light energy, the hair follicle cells are then heated up to a critical temperature that results in an interruption of the hair growth cycle. Although IPL’s use a wide range of wavelengths, it effectively filters out shorter wavelengths such as ultra violet light that can be quite damaging. By using the correct amount of light energy, only the
follicles are destroyed, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected and free of damage and blisters.
The technology used in both laser and IPL might work the same, but treatments are quite different in many aspects. The cost of both vary exponentially. Whereas laser hair removal is generally expensive, especially needing multiple treatments to get the best results, IPL devices are more affordable and a fraction of the cost as you are buying the entire device rather than the treatment itself.
Another huge difference is treatment time. Because the beam of light used in laser treatments is very concentrated, their treatment window is small, resulting in a longer treatment time. IPL devices have a wider range and can treat a larger area at once, ensuring a much faster treatment process.
IPL is a wonderful technology that is FDA approved and has amazing results for a fraction of the time and cost of traditional laser hair removal treatments. Not only will you save time and money, but you can do it all in the comfort of your home, seeing visible results in just two treatments, and permanent results within just eight weeks!