Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal versus Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

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Permanently removing unwanted hair is a great way to save time, energy and money in the long-run. Contrary to shaving or waxing, permanent methods of hair removal will tackle the root of hair and destroy it once and for all.

There are several types of treatments to choose between for those thinking to remove an unwanted area of hair for good. Here are some of the pros and cons of two of the most popular methods: laser hair removal versus Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). 

Which has more options available?

Whilst IPL is only suited to Mediterranean and Caucasian skin types, laser hair removal can work on anybody and everybody. Thanks to its new and advanced laser technologies, this method of hair removal is effective on a range of skin types. After a private consultation, individuals will be able to find out exactly what technology and machinery will work effectively for them in order to achieve the best results possible.

Contrary to IPL, laser hair removal even has the ability to get rid of lighter hair types such as blonde or light brown. No matter where ladies want to remove hair, whether it is on their upper lip or their legs, this form of hair removal can target any area they desire.

There are different options for hair removal.

There are different options for hair removal.

Which is Cheaper?

Those looking for the cheapest option available are likely to sway towards IPL. However, although it is the less expensive option of the two, it is arguably the least effective. Whilst laser hair removal usually requires between six to eight treatments in order to fully and permanently remove unwanted hair from a specific area, IPL can require as many as eight to fifteen sessions. What is originally saved on costs will therefore ultimately be spent later.  Consequently it boils down to whether individuals want to spend money now or in the long-term.

Which has less Side-Effects?

Laser hair removal is the safer option of the two. A popular form of permanent hair removal, especially in recent years, little side-effects have been discovered. Its reduced impact on the skin’s surface means its only common side-effect is redness, and this usually fades quickly anyway. IPL on the other-hand has been known to burn skin and cause pigmentation. With serious, possible side-effects such as these, individuals should think carefully about their decision. Those considering permanently removing hair should discuss the ins and outs of IPL treatment carefully with a therapist and find out how compatible it is likely to be with their skin type. 

Which is Most Effective?

Both IPL and laser hair removal can be extremely effective if preformed correctly. However, laser hair removal arguably gives better results faster. Unlike IPL, which will only begin to work after a long course of treatments, this method of removing unwanted hair is effective immediately and shows great results from the start. Virtually pain free, it has been proven to work time and time again, making it a reliable and dependable option to go with.

Women are always looking for the best way of doing it.

Women are always looking for the best way of doing it.


Laser hair removal is most definitely the better option of the two. Whilst it may not be cheaper, it is safer, less dangerous and arguably more effective in the long-run. Performed by highly trained therapists, those wanting to remove unwanted hair will find laser hair removal gives them fantastic, long-lasting results.

An article by Alan in conjunction with hair removal London specialists, City Hair Removal.


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