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    IPL vs Laser:
    Which method is best?

    2 min read

    If you’re the type of person who agonises between strawberry and chocolate ice cream on a scorching summers day then your confusion regarding the subject IPL vs Laser will be all the greater: after all, these popular hair removal methods seem the same on the outside. Don‘t they both guarantee a smooth skin? Aren‘t they both based on light impulses? Well - keep scrolling and you will discover the significant differences between hair removal with laser and IPL, which method is easier to apply and which one achieves better results.

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    Illuminating Technology: How Does Hair Removal via Laser or IPL Work?

    IPL and Laser have one thing in common: Their functionality is based on light impulses. However, as you look a bit closer, you will notice though that the technological details differ.

    Laser technology is based on a single, concentrated wavelength that penetrates the skin point by point and is transported via the melanin, the pigment that colours your hair, into the root of the hair. This way it is being destroyed and new hair growth prevented.

    The IPL treatment, too, uses light that is being transformed via melanin to influence the hair follicle and to prevent the hair root from producing new hair. In contrast to the laser, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is made up of a wide spectrum of light – similar to that of a light bulb – which can treat larger areas of skin.

    The cost of treatment - IPL vs hair

    Of course IPL and laser hair removal incur costs that vary widely according to provider. As both methods can achieve long-term reduction of hair growth with a regular and professional treatment, this initial investment usually pays off nevertheless.

    What hair removal via laser can cost you depends most of all on whether you see a dermatologist or go to a beauty salon. Medical professionals can analyse your skin and hair better and so recommend the most suitable technology for you.

    Beauty salons usually don’t have the resources to offer more than one laser technology. Moreover the risk of burns, irritation and pigment disorders is higher here. Despite the dermatological laser hair removal incurring higher costs, it is the safer alternative.

    Just like the hair removal via laser, the costs for an IPL treatment vary widely. Though IPL technology can be used professionally and safely in beauty salons, you also have the option to buy an IPL device such as the Philips Lumea Prestige for your home. That way you can save money in the long run and remove your hair when it suits you.  No more annoying appointments!

    Effort or Effortless: How Easy is Hair Removal with Laser or IPL?

    Both technologies require regular use at first, since only hair can be treated that is in the growing phase. With the Lumea Prestige IPL device though you can already achieve a hair reduction of 92 percent after the first three  sessions*. Such a device also enables you to apply a post-treatment exactly when you need it.

    However, with the Philips Lumea Prestige IPL device, you can achieve hair reduction of up to 92 percent after the first three to four applications*

    Due to the different light technologies used with IPL and laser, an IPL treatment is quicker: The broader light spectrum means that larger areas of skin can be treated while the laser only works point by point. With an easy to use hand device such as the Lumea Prestige an IPL treatment of both your lower legs only takes 8.5 minutes**.
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    Lumea Prestige

    IPL hair removal device


    Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device


    How Smooth is Your Skin? What IPL and Laser Can Really Do

    Treatment with IPL and laser causes hair that is in the growth phase to shed and inhibit new, but can only be curbed long-term with regular post-treatments.
    What IPL and laser really can do
    So, which shall it be? While the laser treatment is a good alternative for a long-term reduction of hair growth, IPL technology is way out in front of it. It can treat a wider area of your skin, is therefore quicker and can also be safely used at home.

    An IPL device such as the Lumea Prestige not only offers you cost benefits, but also a reliable, quick and flexible solution for your home. So you can adapt your hair removal precisely to your hair growth – for a long-term reduction of hair growth and a beautifully smooth skin.

     * Measured on legs, after the initial 3-4 treatments. Individual results vary.
    ** When used corded, time indication for highest setting.
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    Whether you are looking for facial, hair care or hair removal beauty solutions – Philips has everything you need.