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Laser vs IPL: what is the difference?

Laser vs IPL: Unraveling the Key Differences

Introduction:

In the world of hair removal, two popular technologies stand out: laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Both promise smooth, hair-free skin, but what sets them apart? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of laser vs IPL to uncover the key differences and help you make an informed decision for your hair removal journey.

 

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal utilises concentrated beams of light to target the pigment in hair follicles. The heat generated by the laser damages the follicle, inhibiting future hair growth. Here are some key points to consider:

 
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Precision:

Laser hair removal is highly precise, targeting individual hair follicles without affecting the surrounding skin.

 

Effectiveness:

It’s known for delivering long-lasting results, with significant hair reduction after several sessions.

 

Suitability:

Diode laser hair removal is suitable for most skin types and hair colours, although light brown to darker hair tends to respond best.

 

Exploring IPL Hair Removal

IPL, on the other hand, emits a broad spectrum of light, targeting the surrounding skin and melanin in the hair follicle. Here’s what you need to know:

 

- Broad Spectrum:

IPL covers a larger area than laser, dispersing its energy across the skin and follicle.

- Versatility:

It can address various skin concerns, including hair removal, pigmentation, and vascular issues.

- Skin Sensitivity:

IPL may be less suitable for darker skin tones and can cause discomfort or side effects in some individuals.

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Key differences between laser and ipl

Laser Vs IPL

Laser uses a monochromatic wavelength of light, whereas IPL emits a broadband spectrum of white light.

Laser offers targeted precision, while IPL provides a broader coverage.

Laser typically delivers more consistent and permanent results compared to IPL.

Diode lasers are generally safer for darker skin tones, while IPL may pose risks of hyperpigmentation.

Both laser and IPL are attracted to the pigment within the hair follicle.    

Laser sessions are quicker than IPL sessions due to their focused energy.

Making the Right Choice

When deciding between laser and IPL, consider factors such as your skin type, hair color, and desired results. A consultation with a qualified skincare professional can help assess your needs and recommend the most suitable treatment option. IPL is generally less powerful and less precise, so when looking into Laser hair removal, Laser is the preferred choice amoungst consumers wanting the best results.

 

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Important Information: 

We prioritise your safety and well-being. All clients will be required to fill out an online consultation form before their appointment to ensure everything is suitable for the treatment. This allows us to perform your treatment efficiently and safely.

Contraindications:

I am unable to treat anyone who is:

  • Under 18 years old.
  • Experiencing excessive redness, impetigo, dermatitis, eczema, or any inflammatory skin conditions, including acne and rosacea. (Please contact me before booking)
  • Taking prescribed medication like Roaccutane or antibiotics.
  • Sunburnt, active sores, blisters, or open wounds.
  • Medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, or bleeding/clotting disorders.
  • Currently using topical antibiotics or steriod creams.
  • Predisposition to developing keloid scarring.
  • Currently receiving treatment for any cancer.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding (only SKN Deluxe facial available)

Holding back this information could be detrimental to your results and, most importantly, to your health.

For your laser appointment, we will go through a face-to-face consultation where we will check all medical history and any current topical or oral medication you are and have taken in the last 6 months. 

If you have any questions or concerns about anything not listed above, please contact us directly at: info@thesknstudio.co.uk.

When booking a facial, please consider the following guidelines. Adhering to these recommendations will help you get the very best out of your session.

  • Retinol-based Products: Please refrain from using retinol-based products 7 days before your appointment.
  • Recent Procedures: If you’ve had botox, fillers, micro-needling, chemical peels, or laser treatment, we kindly request a 14 day waiting period.
  • Exfoliating Products: Avoid products containing AHA’s like glycolic acid and BHA’s like salicylic acid for 5 days before your appointment.
  • Facial Waxing: Please avoid facial waxing for at least 5 days prior.