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The Difference Between Laser & IPL Permanent Hair Removal

By 26 August 2016July 24th, 2023No Comments

Know the difference between these popular treatments

Many visitors ask about the difference between laser and IPL hair removal. While both treatments target the dark pigment of hair with light energy in order to damage the hair follicle and destroy the root for permanent hair removal, this is the end of their similarities.

Laser Hair Removal


When it comes to removing hair, laser removal uses a single wavelength of pure, highly concentrated light that specifically targets the melanin in the hair follicle. After penetrating the skin, the light is absorbed by the hair pigment, where it is then converted into heat. The heat travels down the hair shaft to the root, destroying it so no further hair can grow.

Laser machines are programmed to produce the exact wavelength of light required to successfully target your hair, with settings depending on the type and colour of your hair and skin. Whether you’re targeting your underarms or having a Brazilian, laser hair removal will generally give you better results.


Some Melbourne laser clinics use IPL systems, but it is important to note these are not lasers. Rather than producing a single, precise wavelength of light, IPL devices emit a broad spectrum of wavelengths which cannot be targeted in a concentrated beam. These various wavelengths are emitted at a range of depths, which means some may not penetrate deep enough for permanent hair removal.

Another difference between the technologies is that laser hair removal prices are generally higher than those for IPL. However, laser is more effective – so it’s likely you’ll require fewer treatments to achieve the result you are after.

Is IPL better than laser hair removal?

The short answer is that laser technology is more effective. Laser hair removal costs may be higher than IPL costs, but you are effectively paying for greater hair reduction in fewer sessions.

Other benefits of visiting a laser hair clinic include:

  • As laser can precisely target the hair, laser hair removal avoids damaging the surrounding skin
  • Each laser pulse lasts less than a second but treats several hairs at once, so it can be used for large areas.
  • Laser systems can be programmed to suit your skin tone and hair colour
  • The heat generated by laser machines is absorbed by the hair follicle, not the surrounding issue, making it safer for darker skin colours that may otherwise risk burning, or pigmentation changes.

Whether you need further information about the treatment or are ready to start your journey to a hairless future give us a call we are always willing to help.

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