The Difference Between IPL and Medical Grade Laser Hair Removal

So, you’re thinking about hair removal, but you don’t know what treatment to go for. There are a number of options when is comes to treatments for hair reduction and permanent removal, IPL and Laser being two main contenders. There can be some confusion understanding the difference and cost between Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Luminis Light Sheer Medical Grand Laser. The main differences between IPL and Laser hair removal comes down to the technology that each use to generate the light.

IPL is definitely cheaper but is it as effective? The simple answer to that question is no! Laser technology is simply much more effective and achieves substantially better results than IPL Hair Removal. The majority of laser hair removal patients experience permanent hair reduction after 6-12 sessions. Whereas IPL can result in lightening the hair, rather than removing it.

IPL Hair Removal

IPL’s are NOT lasers.

IPL uses light to remove hair, but emits a varying wavelength of light. Therefore, the intensity of light varies across the area that the light source focuses on. It will be more powerful in some areas, and not necessarily in the areas where the unwanted hair is. The light emitted by the IPL cannot focus on a specific area, whereas  medical grade laser can focus on a specific hair follicle.

IPL is far less effective than laser hair removal.

Luminis Light Sheer
Medical Grade Laser

Medical Grade Laser

Medical grade lasers are highly technological pieces of machinery that must be operated by trained and qualified technicians. Clodagh’s Laser and Skin clinic in Blanchardstown, specialise in skin treatments and laser hair removal (luminis light sheer medical grade laser).

The lasers in Clodagh’s clinic generate their own light which is then focused onto a specific area – even a specific hair follicle. They have a single wavelength, providing a targeted treatment for hair removal. The light emitted by the IPL cannot focus on a specific area.

Pros and Cons

IPL works like a flash-lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light.

Medical Grade Laser sends out a single wavelength, providing a targeted treatment for hair removal.

IPL’s scattered wavelengths expose the client to heat and discomfort which can be avoided with medical grade lasers.

Medical Grade Laser is focussed on the area where the unwanted hair actually is, resulting in efficiency and minimal discomfort to the area.

IPL only really works for those with fair skin and dark hair.

Medical Grade Laser can be specifically set to skin tone/type, the machine can be adapted to target an exact pigment.

IPL is considerably cheaper but less effective.

Medical Grade Laser is more expensive but requires less treatments and results in long-term results and permanency.

Overall, Medical Grade Laser offers a far more effective hair removal treatment. Clodagh’s Laser and Skin Clinic is situated in Blanchardstown village beside supervalu with free customer parking. If you’re considering hair removal, contact the clinic and speak to a member of the team today.

Clodagh and the team offer a personal service and a very high standard of treatments. 


Unit 4
SuperValu shopping centre
Dublin 15

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