What Are the Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal with IPL?

After various consultations, I am super confused as to what the best option is for Laser hair removal. Some people push the fact that medical professionals do it vs. clinical technicians. Some say they have newer IPL machines that are larger than others. What are the pros and cons I should consider to decide who to go with?

Doctor Answers 3

IPL for laser hair removal

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}
There are no pros to laser hair removal with IPL. It doesn't work. And it can damage the skin. Stay away from IPL

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

Laser Hair Removal with IPL

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

IPL is not an option unless you have really pale skin. It takes longer that a laser and hurts more.

Probably, the most efficient and versatile laser wavelength for hair removal the 1064nm-ND/YAG. We have the Cutera Cool Glide and our clientele have in general, been very happy with the treatments and the results.

Kenneth L. Stein, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Laser hair removal

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Please realize that there are many different devices that are designed to eliminate hair. Some were designed to eliminate other problems but there wavelength is suitable for hair removal but other parameters are not the best for such treatment but since lasers are very expensive, the companies have found that the devices may decrease hair loss as well as their primary indication and physicians can see more patients for treatment with this specific laser. Other physicians purchase a laser that is specific for one disorder, such as unwanted hair growth. The LightSheer diode laser was one of the first lasers on the market for this purpose and is one of the safest lasers. The IPL you mention is a light source, and not a laser. It's effectiveness in hair removal is not as proven as the diode laser or other lasers. Laser hair removal requires many treatments and can, ultimately be expensive.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.