Getting rid of unwanted body hair is an issue that many people deal with all the time, especially women. While traditional methods like shaving and waxing are popular, some people find them tedious and annoying. If you are one of those people, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or laser treatment might be the right course of action for you.
Similarities and Differences Between IPL and Lasers
While many people have heard of lasers, IPL is not quite as well known in some circles. Even if you have heard of it, you might here “Intense Pulsed Light” and immediately think that IPL is the same as laser treatment. It's not the same at all. Laser procedures used focused beams of light and heat. IPL involves far less heat, and often uses a less focused form of light that covers a wider area at once.
Nevertheless, both types of laser hair removal tools can get rid of unwanted hair quickly and easily. They can also both be more effective than waxing or shaving.
How the Laser and IPL Processes Effectively Remove Unwanted Hair
There are a couple of things that draw some people to IPL or laser procedures, as opposed to waxing or shaving. One is that waxing and shaving aren't always accurate. It is possible to miss some hairs while you're trying to shave or wax part of your body. But laser devices can target every single hair in the area they treat. IPL devices are also quite accurate.
Another reason to consider using IPL or lasers to treat hair you want to get rid of is that both methods treat the entire hair right down to the root. Shaving away the hair only removes the part that can be seen by the naked eye. That's why it grows back so quickly. It is still lurking just below the surface. By targeting the entire hair right down to the root, you can drastically increase the time it takes to grow back.
At-Home IPL and Laser Treatment Kits
One of the nice things about both lasers and IPL machines is that there are at-home kits available that you can use. So, you may not even need to go to a local skincare clinic. However, you have to follow the instructions given in the kits carefully. Otherwise you might not get accurate results.
Sometimes, even if you follow the instructions carefully, at-home kits may not help you enough. You might find them difficult to use on certain parts of your body, or you might just not feel comfortable treating yourself. At-home devices also don't work as well as professional machines. For any or all of those reasons, you may choose to have clinical treatment anyway.
Clinical Treatment with IPL Devices and Lasers
When you go to a clinic to inquire about laser or IPL procedures, they shouldn't just book a treatment for you on the spot. A good clinic will insist that you sit down with their experts and go over your treatment options. That's an important step because you might not be a candidate for certain clinical treatments.
During your consultation meeting, issues that could arise include your skin color and how oily or dry it is. Based on that information, your clinician may suggest that you avoid certain types of hair removal procedures. Lasers in particular can sometimes cause problems for those with oily skin. But one way or the other the clinician will help you develop a plan to say good-bye to your unwanted body hair as quickly as possible and for as long as possible.