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Diode Laser Hair Removal VS. IPL Hair Removal

Do you have unwanted hair on your body? No matter how much you shave, it just grows back, sometimes much itchier and more irritated than before. When it comes to laser hair removal technologies, you have a couple of options to choose from. However, you might receive wildly different answers depending on who you ask, especially when it comes to diode laser hair removal and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal treatments. 

Not sure what either of those can do for you? That’s okay. We’re here to break down the differences between the two hair reduction methods and answer which option may be more effective for hair reduction:

The Basics of Laser Hair Removal Technologies 

Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of light to remove unwanted hair. The light from the laser is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair. Once absorbed, the light energy is converted into heat and damages the hair follicles in the skin. The result? Inhibiting or delaying the growth of unwanted hair. 

What Is Diode Laser Hair Removal?

Now that you understand the basics, diode lasers use a single wavelength of light with a high abruption rate that impacts the surrounding tissue around the melanin. As the location of the unwanted hair heats up, it breaks down the follicle’s root and blood flow, resulting in permanent hair reduction. 

Is It Safe?

Diode laser removal is safe for all skin types as it delivers high-frequency, low-fluence pulses that provide positive results. However, while diode laser removal is effective, it can be quite painful, especially with the amount of energy needed for completely hairless skin. We use Alexandrite and Nd: Yag lasers that use cryogen cooling that delivers more comfort during the lasering process.

What Is IPL Laser Hair Removal?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is technically not a laser treatment. Instead, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light with more than one wavelength. However, it can lead to unfocused energy around the surrounding tissue, which means much of the energy is wasted and not as effective when it comes to follicle absorption. In addition, using a broadband light can also increase your risk of experiencing side effects, especially without integrated cooling. 

Potential Side Effects 

Minor side effects, such as redness/irritation and slight changes in skin pigmentation may be common. Some more severe and uncomfortable side effects may include:

  • Blistering

  • Scarring

  • Hypopigmentation

  • Hyperpigmentation 

What’s the Difference Between a Diode Laser & IPL Laser?

Integrated cooling methods play a big part in determining which of the two laser treatments is better preferred. IPL laser hair removal will most likely require more than one session, while using a diode laser may work more effectively. Diode laser hair removal is more comfortable because of the integrated cooling and treats more hair and skin types, whereas IPL is best suited for those with darker hair and lighter skin. 

Which Is Better for Hair Removal? 

At one point, of all the laser hair removal technologies, IPL was the most cost-effective go-to. However, its power and cooling limitations proved less effective when compared to diode laser hair removal. IPL is also considered a more uncomfortable treatment and increases potential side effects.

Diode Lasers Produces Better Results 

A diode laser has the power needed for faster treatments and can deliver each pulse at a rate faster than IPL. The best part? Diode laser treatment is effective on all hair and skin types. If the idea of destroying your hair follicles seems daunting, we promise you that there’s nothing to fear. Diode hair removal treatment provides integrated cooling technology that keeps your skin feeling comfortable throughout the session. 

How To Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Before you undergo treatment, there are a few things you need to do, such as:

  • The treatment area must be shaved 24 hours before your appointment. 

  • Avoid makeup, deodorant, or moisturizer on the treatment area.

  • Don’t use any self-tanner or spray products. 

  • No waxing, threading, or tweezing in the area of treatment. 

Post Care

You may notice some redness and small bumps after laser hair removal. That’s perfectly normal. Irritation can be soothed using a cold compress. However, there are other factors you need to be mindful of after you’ve received hair removal treatment. 

  • Avoid Sunlight: We’re not asking you to be a complete shut-in, but it’s pivotal to avoid sun exposure. Use sunscreen at all times for the first couple of months. 

  • Keep the Area Clean: You can wash the treated area gently with mild soap. Always ensure that you’re pat drying the area instead of rubbing it. Don’t put any moisturizer, lotion, deodorant, or makeup on the area for the first 24 hours. 

  • Dead Hairs Will Shed: You can expect dead hairs to be shed from the area within 5-30 days from the treatment date. 

  • Exfoliate Regularly: As the dead hairs begin to shed, use a washcloth when washing the area and shave to get rid of the hairs pushing their way out of your follicles. 

Are you searching for effective laser hair removal in Surrey, B.C.? Spotless Laser Medical Aesthetics can provide comfortable treatment for your hair removal needs. Book a laser hair removal appointment with our clinic today to receive smooth, silken skin.