Intense Pulsed light
Commonly known as IPL, it is often categorised with laser as it uses the same principle for its effect and the machines look identical. IPL differs from laser in that laser utilises a monochrome (single frequency or pure colour) coherent (straight beam of photons) light source. IPL uses a conventional light source covering a spectrum of frequencies that are filtered to those best for passing harmlessly through skin. As the light is scattered rather than coherent it is believed to be less damaging to the skin and safer for darker skin types.
IPL is applied using a wand device in the same way as laser and produces the same “sunburn” effect in the client.
- Claimed to be less damaging to the skin structure and safer on darker skin but no clinical data exists yet to support this view.
- Up to 60 times faster than treatments targeting individual hairs.
- Effective for long lasting (12 months) hair reduction in suitable clients.
- Useful for large areas such as backs and legs.