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Difference between IPL and Lasers?

Many consumers find it challenging to distinguish between IPL and lasers. Unsure about which one to choose? We're here to provide clarity:

IPL is a non-invasive hair removal method that uses a broad spectrum of light to target melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color, within the hair follicles. Unlike lasers, which emit a single, focused wavelength of light, IPL releases a wide range of wavelengths. This makes IPL versatile, allowing it to treat a variety of skin conditions, including hair removal.

  1. Mechanism:

    • IPL emits multiple wavelengths of light, targeting a broader range of hair and skin types.
    • The light energy is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, generating heat that damages the hair follicle and inhibits future hair growth.
  2. Applicability:

    • IPL is suitable for a range of skin and hair types, making it a more versatile option.
    • It is commonly used for hair removal on larger areas like legs, arms, and back.
  3. Sessions and Results:

    • Multiple sessions are typically required for optimal results, as IPL is less concentrated than laser technology.
    • Results may vary, and maintenance sessions might be needed to sustain hair reduction.

Laser hair removal employs a concentrated beam of light that penetrates the hair follicles, targeting the melanin and preventing future hair growth. Unlike IPL, laser devices emit a single, specific wavelength, allowing for precise and targeted treatment.

  1. Mechanism:

    • Laser hair removal uses a focused beam of light to selectively target melanin in the hair follicles.
    • The concentrated energy is absorbed by the melanin, effectively damaging the follicles and impeding hair regrowth.
  2. Applicability:

    • Laser hair removal is often recommended for individuals with all skin tone. 
    • It can used to treat almost all areas. 
  3. Sessions and Results:

    • Laser hair removal usually requires fewer sessions compared to IPL, as the concentrated light achieves more precise results.
    • Long-term hair reduction is generally achieved after a series of sessions, with maintenance treatments occasionally needed.

Choosing between IPL and laser hair removal depends on various factors, including your skin type, hair color, and the specific area you want to treat. While IPL offers versatility and is suitable for a broader range of individuals, laser hair removal provides a more targeted and potentially efficient solution.


At Satori Laser, we use the Candela GentleMax Pro, a cutting-edge technology capable of treating all skin tones. Additionally, all our technicians are licensed with over 5 years of experience, guaranteeing visible and effective results for you.