Difference Between IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) And Laser Hair Removal

IPL and Laser both are methods used to remove unwanted hair, and both of these are used to remove hair permanently. Yet, there are some differences between them which can be summarized as follows: 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) also called Photoderm, is a computer-based machine. Just like a camera’s flashbulb, Photoderm too uses bright light. It’s light works similar to a laser and for the purpose to remove unwanted hair. However, there are still many differences between laser and IPL due to which IPL is gaining popularity day by day. 
Composition of the Apparatus 
The biggest difference between the best IPL machines and lasers is in the physical composition of the apparatus.
For one, laser light is coherent whereas IPL is not. This means that in IPL the light waves can interfere with each other and either increase or decrease the power of the wave. The light laser strength is always the same. Laser light is also monochromatic and collimated whereas IPL is not, which means that the wavelengths are of the same frequency and travel in the same direction. Therefore, the physical composition of lasers means that it is not easy to treat a person with varying colors of hairs; whereas IPL can treat a broad range of hair color. 
Level of Effectiveness 
Due to their wavelengths, their effectiveness too differs. Laser hair removal is limited to hair removal only whereas IPL not only removes facial hair or unwanted hair from any part of your body, but it also treats pigmentation on face, chests and hands and sun burnt skin. IPL also diffuse redness found on the face or chest which is not possible with laser. Therefore, IPL has a wider range of uses for the cosmetic industry. 
Pain of the Treatment 
Another major difference between IPL and laser is the pain which you get. The pain varies from one person to person; however, laser light typically gives you a little more pain than the IPL. Lasers may give you strong pinching feeling. If your hair is dark, you will experience even more pain. With IPL you generally feel less pain, but you still get a very light pinching feeling. This difference in pain is usually put down to the continuous concentration of a wavelength hitting the same spot on the skin for a long period. 
Skin Type 
IPL is effective in treating a wider number of skin types I-V (1-5); whereas Laser hair removal is only suitable to treat skin types I -IV (1-4). IPL treatments are considered to be quicker than laser treatments because IPL ‘heads’ are up to eight times larger than lasers and thus cover more area at a time. IPL also causes less damage to the surrounding skin than lasers. 
It is worth speaking to people who have undergone these methods to understand the process, costs, results, and pain experienced. Only then should you undertake one of these methods.