Does IPL Give Effective Results?

I am currently undergoing IPL hair removal treatment on the bikinni area, but I have been told that after a year or two from the treatment, the hair is likely to grow back as if I've never went through the treatment? Is this true? Do you suggest that I switch to Diode Laser if I have white skin and dark hair? Would the above case apply to Diode Laser? Thank you

Doctor Answers 6

IPL can be effective for hair reduction, but other methods (laser) are more so.

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If only IPL is available, and you are a good candidate, it can be effective.  True lasers can deliver more energy to the hair follicle and less energy to other components within the skin - more powerful & effective.

Laser hair removal is more accurately called hair reduction.  After a series of treatments, your hair density and thickness will probably be permanently reduced.  However thinner, more sparse hair growth will develop.  It should be a major improvement.  Much less shaving, etc.

Greenville Plastic Surgeon

IPL for hair removal

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I have both a Diode laser and an IPL in my office. IPL can be helpful, but given a choice I would always use the Diode laser over an IPL. The Diode is much more effective and requires many fewer treatments.

Michael Eidelman, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist

IPL for permanent hair reduction.

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The most efficacious modality for permanent hair reduction is laser treatments. The diode laser would be a good fit for you, given you skin type and hair color. Please consult with a medical professional with experience using the diode laser, to ensure the best perspective on if you are a candidate for the diode laser and what to expect during and after your treatment series.

Does IPL Give Effective Results?

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Interesting concerns. I agree with Dr Rodgers, seek a diode laser for better hair removal permanency. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski

IPL for Hair Removal

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The Diode Laser is much more effective for laser hair removal than the IPL device, especially if you have fair skin and dark hair.  The IPL is a broad spectrum of light, which contains the wavelength found with the diode laser.  However, the diode laser is the gold-standard for laser hair removal and is much safer and more effective.  It will produce better results in fewer treatments.   

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IPL gives good but not great results when used in the appropriate setting.  I agree the diode is much more effective in your situation. 

Scott T. Guenthner, MD
Plainfield Dermatologist

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