Laser hair removal is growing in popularity as many men and women become increasingly unhappy with waxing, plucking, tweezing and shaving to remove unwanted hair. Permanently removing unwanted hair using laser technology is fast becoming one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in Australia.
There are generally two different forms of hair removal treatment available: laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Both remove unwanted hair and keep it away. While each method is comparable, there is one clear difference: Laser hair removal technologies, such as the Candela GentleLASE, use actual lasers to remove unwanted hair. IPL uses a light based device to destroy the hair follicles. Both of these treatments convert light energy into heat that targets the melanin in the follicle, damaging it to the point where the follicle does not support regrowth.
There is much debate over which treatment is better for hair removal. Different clinics and practitioners will each explain that theirs is more effective. While there is no general consensus, the majority of clinics are using laser machines as it is proven to eradicate and keep unwanted hair away for longer. IPL was originally developed to treat skin and beauty problems such as age spots, freckles and broken capillaries and hair loss was discovered as a side effect.
Newer lasers and IPL technology have differing light wavelengths. IPL uses an array of wavelengths, only some of which will be ideal for hair removal. This means that a percentage of the wavelengths will be ineffective, leading to the need for more treatments before the desired result is achieved. Lasers generally use a single, precise wavelength to specifically target the melanin in the follicle. Using an exact and precise wavelength means that treatments are more effective and fewer are required.