What is Better for Home Hair Removal Device, IPl or Laser?

Given that Tria is the only home laser treatment. IPL home devices include Silkn', revington, philips lumea .. and many more. So, what is more effective, with less downsides, the Tria laser, or the other IPL home devices?

Doctor Answers (4)

Both Lasers and IPLs Work for Maintenance Home Hair Removal

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This is a great question, and unfortunately the answers so far on this site are way off in reality. All of the devices that are thus far available in the United States are FDA cleared if you are buying them from a legitimate source. In order for them to get an FDA clearance, they have to go through some pretty rigorous clinical trials – and I have been involved with several of these and can tell you we do hair counts with these just like we do with the “big” boxes we also study. We monitor our patients the same, and everything we do has been the same. Someone mentioned eye injury. These devices – and again, legitimate ones with FDA clearances – have built-in safety mechanisms that only allow the pulse of the laser or light when there is total contact with the skin. So if not flush with the skin – away from the eye – the devices will not fire.The reality also is that both the lasers and IPLs work here – mainly as maintenance for what we are doing in the clinic – but they do work.


Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Home Hair Removal Devices

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There are several medical lasers including Alexandrite, diode and ND: Yag that are FDA approved with much medical data and many successfully treated patients to support their use.  IPL is a fantastic device but less effective for hair removal than the other devices that I just mentioned.  Devices sold for home use are not regulated or studied like the medical devices such as lasers.  In addition, they are unlikely to produce enough power to destroy the hair follicles and actually may stimulate hair growth. Be careful...

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD
Colorado Springs Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Devices for home hair removal

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In recent years, a number of devices have been developed to seek to provide patients with the ability to achieve hair removal at home. As their sales are not controlled by the FDA, the evidence behind these devices is limited to small, uncontrolled studies. The risk of eye injuries with improper use is also a real concern. So the answer is none of them are better for home hair removal.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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Home laser hair removal

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Beauty products do not require an FDA clearance like medical products do. Therefore, beauty products may make claims about efficacy that are not regulated.
The fact is, the only lasers that will work for hair removal are medical devices. IPL. even a medical IPL, not a home IPL will not be effective for laser hair removal.
The lasers that have been evlauated as safest and most effective innpeer reviewed medical journals are the Alexandrite laser for light to medoum skin and the long pulsed nd yag for dark skin. Experienced and busy laser centers will have both of these lasers available. Complimentary tests spots can also be part of a consultation.
Do not waste your time or money with a home hair removal laser system. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

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