IPL Vs Electrolysis: Which is better for hair reduction?

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We’re so excited to announce that we now offer IPL for hair reduction here at Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty! And you know what that means … right? Yup, another whole article dedicated to the simply incredible treatment.

The dedicated followers of this blog may well remember the series of articles we’ve written on IPL, but you can click here for a refresher into its uses for hair removal.

One of the top Google searches surrounding IPL for hair reduction is in its comparison with electrolysis, and we wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t give this question the full answer it deserves. So, without further ado, allow us to compare them side by side.

Electrolysis

How does it work?

Using a thin needle-like probe to conduct an electrical current into each individual follicle (responsible for hair growth), thereby damaging it until it no longer functions, electrolysis is a targeted approach. This is because to match the various size hair follicles it offers various size probes, too. It’s a popular method of hair removal that’s been around for a long time.

What are its benefits?

Probably the number one benefit offered is that its success is unrelated to pigment. This means it can treat any hair or skin colour. It is also very precise in its methodology, meaning as well as larger areas of skin it can also be used to delicately shape eyebrows, hairlines and sideburns for a more natural look. It’s a safe, effective and versatile treatment.

Drawbacks?

While it is considered a permanent hair reduction method, this is only after a number of treatments. In fact, if you are dark-skinned and/or have thick, dark hair, you could have to go up to 30 times, which can be both costly and time-consuming. Each session itself can also take a long time, especially if a large area is being treated. Because of this, it can also be quite expensive.

Experiencing discomfort or pain both during or following the treatment is also common, which can also turn many people off. Side effects include:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Dryness
  • Temporary acne
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IPL

How does it work?

Using a wide spectrum of light to target and destroy unwanted hair in intense pulses, IPL is a broader approach, meaning a much quicker treatment – great for when you could do with some more hours in the week! The light is absorbed by melanin – the pigment that gives hair its colour. Like electrolysis, it also requires a series of treatments to be fully successful, but after each session hair will become lighter and thinner.

What are its benefits?

IPL offers many of the same benefits as electrolysis – without the drawbacks. Not only is it more cost and time-effective, it is also a far less painful treatment – in fact, most people report only feeling a slight tingling sensation. It’s a safe and effective treatment with minimal side effects.

Drawbacks?

Because IPL targets melanin, it may not be the best choice if you’re fair haired or dark skinned. However, unlike laser, IPL delivers a much broader spectrum of light, meaning it can effectively treat a wider range of skin tones and hair colours (excluding red and blonde). The IPL of today is much more in line with electrolysis in terms of who it will work for, so don’t automatically write it off if you don’t have dark hair or fair skin. We’re always happy to consult with you beforehand to advise what will work best for you.

There are also some potential side effects which can include:

  • Temporary redness and swelling
  • Brief sensitivity
  • Burns, blisters and scars (in rare cases)

Book a skin consultation now!

IPL or electrolysis?

Convenient, comfortable and affordable; there’s a reason IPL is quickly becoming the preferred hair removal method worldwide. Isn’t it time you saw the benefits for yourself?

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