IPL vs. Diode Laser Hair Removal: The Difference

In 2013, a study conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists, the authors compared the satisfaction level, safety, and effectiveness of Diode laser (LightSheer™ XC) and of Intense pulsed light (IPL; Ellipse™ Flex PPT) in the reduction and the removal of unwanted underarm hair. There were 30 women who participated in the study.

The tests were performed for 6 sessions within 4 week intervals. Hair counts were conducted and compared at both sides at baseline as well as 6 months after the participants have undergone the last session. The clinicians and the subjects at the end of the test did the final evaluations. Satisfaction was also scored for both types of hair removal methods.

At 6 months, the reduction in the hair counts of those who have undergone the laser hair removal method was considerably greater compared to that of those who used IPL.

In conclusion, the study has found that hair removal for individuals can be done safely and effectively through both diode laser and intense pulsed light. However, as reported by both the clinicians and the subjects, laser is more effective especially in long term follow-up for complete hair removal, and is a more preferred choice among patients and clinicians.

In addition to the benefits of laser hair removal devices that have been mentioned above, there are a number of other elements that make it a better choice for those who want to remove and experience a considerable reduction in unwanted hair:

• PRECISION – Reduction and removal of hair through a laser device can be much more precise; that it can selectively target coarse and dark hairs while ensuring that the surrounding skin will be left undamaged.
• SPEED – Each pulse of a laser only takes a fraction of a second to treat many hairs all at the same time. Laser has the power to treat a targeted area that has the size of a quarter each second. Through laser, hair growing out of smaller areas, such as the upper lip, can be removed in less than one minute. For larger areas including the legs or the back, the entire process will only take about or less than an hour.
• PREDICTABILITY – 90% of patients who have undergone laser hair removal has experienced permanent hair loss after undergoing about 5 sessions.

At CorDerm Advanced Dermatology & Laser Center, patients can expect one of the best and the most comprehensive laser hair removal treatment. This is because our center uses the Gold Standard in Laser Hair Removal – LightSheer™ Diode Laser, performed by our Board-certified Dermatologist.