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IPL vs. Diode Laser

Choosing the Right Laser Hair Removal: IPL vs. Diode Laser

When it comes to bidding farewell to unwanted hair, laser hair removal stands out as a popular and effective option.
However, not all lasers are created equal, and understanding the differences between IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and
diode laser hair removal can help you make the right choice for your needs.

IPL Laser Hair Removal: The Flashy All-Rounder

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is often likened to a versatile superhero in the world of hair removal. It uses a broad
spectrum of light to target the melanin in hair follicles, heating and damaging them to inhibit future hair growth
(Hair growth reduction. The hair grows back slower, finer, and lighter). IPL is known for its versatility, as it can treat a
variety of skin tones and hair colours

– Versatility: Effective on a range of skin tones and hair colours.
– Suitable for covering larger areas like legs and back, in a shorter amount of time.
– Non-Invasive: Minimal discomfort during the procedure, also referred to as “Pain free laser hair removal”

– Multiple Sessions: Typically requires several sessions for optimal results.
– Less Targeted: May not be as precise as diode lasers in targeting hair follicles.

Diode Laser Hair Removal: The Precision Specialist
Diode laser hair removal is like the precision sniper of the hair removal world. It emits a single, concentrated
wavelength of light that penetrates deeper into the hair follicle, making it particularly effective for coarse and dark
hair. In our case, we make use of the Lumenis Lightsheer laser, which has a wavelength of 805nm or 1060nm.This
method is renowned for its accuracy, delivering more targeted results.

– Precision: Effective in targeting specific hair follicles.
– Faster results: Generally, requires fewer sessions compared to IPL.
– Permanent hair removal.

– Limited Hair and Skin Types: The higher the contrast between the hair and the skin, the better the result.
– Potential Discomfort: Some individuals may experience mild discomfort during the procedure. This is why we
always prefer doing a test patch before a full-on treatment. We determine what you, as the client, can
handle comfortably.
Choosing the Right Fit for You
In the end, the choice between IPL and diode laser hair removal depends on your unique skin and hair
characteristics, as well as your preferences for comfort and treatment time, and of course, budget.

Book a free consultation and patch test at any of our clinics in and around the Cape Town area, to determine what
your individual needs are!
Here’s to being confident in your skin!

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