Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL lamps are widespread but should not be mistaken for lasers. This is important because it can be easy to become confused by the technology and it is critical that we establish the difference between these lamps and the medical lasers used at Epilium & Skin.
Less expensive than lasers, these flash lamps are less effective when you want a permanent hair removal treatment.
The lamp emits a monochromatic beam, which recognizes the target while the flash lamp is polychromatic, therefore it is less focussed, and less effective.
Although 30% of pulsed light devices are used by physicians and have a medical CE marking, it has been proven that for permanent hair removal, the laser is superior in terms of both the results and safety.
Some flash lamps may provide a solution for some types of hair but the number of sessions will be greater.
Additionally, they present many disadvantages:
- A greater number of sessions are usually required by comparison with an Epilium & Skin laser hair removal programme.
- Hair re-growth occurs after 2 or 3 years. It is therefore not a truly permanent hair removal solution.
- The IPL lamp thins the hair without destroying the bulb. A person who is treated by this pulsed light method is unlikely to achieve optimal results and therefore will have to consider alternative solutions such as waxing.