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The difference between IPL and Laser Hair Removal

There is often some confusion amongst our Clients when it comes to understanding the difference between IPL and Laser Hair Removal.  Both treatments produce energy in order to disrupt the growth cycle of each hair follicle to reduce hair growth without damaging the surrounding tissue. However, this is where the similarity ends. The main differences between Laserand IPL hair removal, lie in the technology that each use to generate the light. We explain this in more detail below.

Here at Nude Skin and Laser Clinic we only use Medical Grade laser technology called the Candela GMax for hair removal rather than IPL based technology, and the main reasons for this are:

Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves substantially better results than IPL – 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after 8-10sessions.

 IPL is a cheaper and less effective technology for reducing body hair.

 Lasers are far more precise, and can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

 Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time.

Laser hair removal can be used to treat larger body areas.

Laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair colour

Lasers are safe for all skin colours, whereas IPL can cause burns on darker skin tones.



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 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.

Laser machines create more heat directed at the hair follicle than IPL systems, hence achieving better results. The heat is absorbed by the follicle and not the skin, therefore there is a decreased risk of burning when using Laser machines – this also makes laser a safer option for darker skinned individuals.


This treatment isn’t as effective as laser removal methods, and here’s why…

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 cannot 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