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IPL devices use a high power, computer controlled flash bulb to give the ultra-bright light required for hair removal. IPL light is a broader spectrum of light compared to lasers. IPL devices for hair removal are available as corded units or battery operated and rechargeable.

This light is absorbed by the follicle and hair shaft heating and destroying the follicle. As the light emitted is a wider range than a laser, IPL also heats the darker blood vessels that nourish the follicle. The tiny vessels are destroyed lending to the permanent hair removal effect. IPL style hair removers have larger treatment areas meaning shorter application times. IPL units are less expensive than lasers and have the ability to replace the high intensity lamp if needed.

Lifespan of lamps are from 100,000 to 300,000 flashes. The treatment area for the Silk'n Flash & Go is 1.2 square inches

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Laser light is one specific color or wave length of light. Most lasers for hair removal use the color of light considered most effective at disabling the follicle. Laser light is very powerful and effective at permanent hair removal. Lasers for hair removal are available as corded units or battery operated and rechargeable.

A laser hair remover will often require fewer treatments to achieve the desired effects. This of course will vary with skin tone and hair color. Another aspect of Lasers to keep in mind is that the treatment area will be much smaller than an IPL unit. Lastly, lasers are usually much more expensive than IPL units with no ability to change the laser if it were to wear out.

Lifespan of a laser is approximately 90,000 to 100,000 flashes. The treatment area of the Tria 4X Laser is approximately 0.2 square inches.

This really depends on the user and how they will use it. The most important consideration are:

1.) Size of treatment area will dictate how long each application takes. For example, the Tria Laser has a treatment area of approximately 0.2 square inches while the Silk'n Flash & Go has a treatment area approximately 1.2 square inches. This means treatment times will be greatly reduced with an IPL unit as you can cover a larger area in less time. Conversely, more applications may be required for an IPL unit depending on the hair color and skin tone of the user.

2.) Cost of a laser hair remover is usually higher than the IPL units. The Tria Laser costs around $425 while the Silk'n Flash & Go costs about $300

3.) Lifespan of the 2 styles can be difficult to compare. Lasers are more effective at removing hair but will have fewer light impulses available. IPL units will have more light impulses available but more applications may be required. Keep in mind that Lasers do not work as well as IPL on light (blonde, grey, white) or red hair. 

4.) Corded or cordless is a user preference. If you plan on using your device on vacation or away from an outlet, a cordless unit will be a better choice. Keep in mind that cordless units will have a use time limited by the charge of the battery.

5.) Number of applications required for permanent hair removal. As mentioned above, more treatments will be required when using an IPL for permanent hair removal. This, however, can be difficult to access as lasers work more efficiently on darker hair with lighter skin tones while IPL works on most hair colors and skin tones.

If you’re looking for permanent hair removal options, you've no doubt seen units that use either Lasers or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for at home use. Both styles use the same technique of applying bright light to damage the hair follicle. Repeated heating of the hair follicle damages it causing it to become dormant and no longer produce hair. 

Lasers and IPL have been available for at home hair removal since the 90’s. Both are safe and effective for permanent hair removal. Light energy applied to the pigment in the follicle causes it to heat above body temperature. The excess heat disables the follicle. After just one use, the follicle is damaged enough so it produces finer hairs that grow much slower. Eventually, the follicle dies or becomes dormant producing the permanent hair removal desired by users.

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