Laser Hair Removal
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The main differences between Laser and IPL, used as a hair reduction treatment, mainly lie in the technology that each use to generate the light, as well as the different properties of the light being used. We have both types of laser in Springdale Health Integrative Clinic.
Laser machines produce a single wavelength of light (pure light consisting of one single colour and form), which has a very concentrated beam and specific target (the melanin in the hair follicle).
The type/colour of your hair and skin will determine the tuning settings of the machine and will be discussed with you during your test patch consultation. Laser machines are tuned to emit the exact wavelength required to treat your hair.
Our Laser is an ND YAG laser suited for hair removal.
IPL’s are not lasers. The machines produce a broad spectrum of wavelengths (like a light bulb) and cannot be focused to a concentrated beam. Because a range of different wavelengths are dispersed at a variety of depths only some of these will be effective for hair reduction.
A more shallow penetration in comparison to laser means that deeper, thicker hairs are not treated effectively. In addition, some of the light can be absorbed into the surrounding tissue as well, leading to heating of the pigment in the skin. This is why there is more of a risk of burns for a darker skin type.
Laser machines create more heat directed at the hair follicle than IPL systems, hence achieving better results. Because the heat is absorbed by the follicle, and not the skin, there is a decreased risk of burning when using Laser machines. This also makes Laser a safer option for darker skinned individuals.
Laser treatments may be more expensive than IPL, but the effects are much more prominent.
IPL’s are also used to remove hair. They treat a larger area, thus decreasing the time of treatment. Our IPL has radiofrequency or RF with it. A technology called Elight which is more potent than regular IPL’s and allows our treatment to be more effective.
We ask for an initial evaluation to get to know your case well and design a custom treatment plan for you. To get an initial evaluation appointment you can call our phone 479-419-9955 and ask to be treated by Dr. Suarez or you can BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE here: