Triple Wavelength Diode Laser vs. IPL Treatment
Are you searching for complete hair removal solutions? If so, chances are your google searches have you confused between triple wavelength diode laser hair removal and IPL treatment. Fret not; we have you covered.
Unwanted hair can be a menace. This is precisely why laser hair removal is the most popular cosmetic treatment worldwide. But with so many options to choose from, picking the one that will work for you may seem daunting.
Here, the health professionals at Alluring Look Laser break down everything you need to know about diode laser hair removal and IPL treatment.
Understanding Diode Laser Hair Removal
Diode lasers use high-frequency energy laser waves to target melanin in the skin. Melanin is a protein found in the surface layer of the skin. It absorbs the energy from the laser and, as a result, heats up. This, in turn, restricts blood flow to surrounding hair follicles, permanently destroying their roots.
Triple wavelength diode lasers use multiple wavelength energy waves to increase the efficiency of the process. At the same time, it utilizes skin cooling to protect the surrounding skin from unnecessary heat exposure.
In addition, because triple wavelength diode lasers rely on high-frequency energy waves, they can be used on all skin types. So regardless of whether your skin is oily, dry, or anywhere in between — or your hair thin or coarse — it will work for you. And because the process is so efficient, you will be in and out of your treatment in no time.
Understanding IPL Hair Removal
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. Thus, strictly speaking, it is not a laser hair removal treatment. Instead, it uses an amalgamation of multiple wavelength light waves to target hair follicles. This, though, is not as efficient as its laser counterpart.
Further, because light rays are not as focused as lasers, the risk of damage to surrounding skin is greater — mainly if cooling systems are not in place. Thus, side effects such as redness, swelling, light bruising, and itching can occur.
Differences Between the Hair Removal Treatments
Since diode lasers and IPL treatments use different technologies, they differ in several ways.
First, because IPL technology isn’t as accurate, treatments take longer — and require more sessions. Alternatively, diode laser treatments usually take less than 15 minutes. But remember, this varies based on the area being treated.
Second, diode laser hair removal is more diverse and can work on multiple skin and hair types. On the other hand, IPL works best on light-skinned and dark-haired individuals.
Third, IPL hair removal is associated with a greater risk of side effects — and is generally more uncomfortable. This is especially true if suitable cooling technology is not used.
Fourth, even though IPL treatment sessions cost less, the cumulative cost is often higher. This is because, as discussed, given the inefficiency of the process, multiple sessions are required — raising the overall cost.
Lastly, because IPL treatments can require multiple sessions, they can be more uncomfortable. That is not to say laser hair treatments are completely painless — which is why we’re frequently asked, ‘Is diode laser hair removal painful?’ But we’re glad to report that participants describe the experience as comfortable and only mildly painful.
And don’t worry if your skin is particularly susceptible. We can always use numbing creams and over-the-counter analgesics to make you as comfortable as possible.
Get Rid of Unwanted Hair Today!
Life is too short to keep removing unwanted hair. Take back control of your life with our state-of-the-art diode laser hair removal treatments — and never worry about unwanted hair again.
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