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What are the Differences Between IPL and Laser Treatments?

4th April 2020

Types of Light

“The key difference between Laser and IPL is the type of light. Laser light is monochromatic, non-divergent and targets very specific concerns. IPL produces a broadband spectrum of white light, producing a mixture of many different colours. These colours can be controlled using filters.



Laser light is monochromatic, non-divergent and targets very specific concerns.

Both lasers and IPL can be used for photorejuvenation, hair removal, the treatment of vessels and certain types of pigment. In these treatments, the light is converted to heat to selectively target and destroy these chromophores and provide a flawless, airbrushed appearance.

IPL is not suitable for all treatments. For example, the removal of tattoos needs very short pulse duration to shatter the tattoo pigments, and this can only be delivered with a Q-switch laser.


Intense Pulsed Light, releases light in one or more short bursts. This is beneficial for treatments of hair removal, vessels and certain pigment because the technology selectively heats and destroys these chromophores to provide a flawless, airbrushed appearance.

IPL can, therefore, be more versatile than some lasers, and with medical-grade IPL, you can perform a wide range of treatments to achieve fantastic results which are comparable to a high specification laser. Both methods can effectively target selected chromophores (such as melanin and haemoglobin) and, in combination, laser and
medical grade IPL can be used to obtain even better results.

Medical grade IPL technology is suitable for use even by non-medics as the safety profile is extremely high. Our data shows that there is less than one percent instance of adverse reactions, and if reactions occur, the vast majority are mild and short-lasting, unlike those that can be encountered with other aesthetic treatments.”

For more information please contact us on 01477 536 977 or email info@lynton.co.uk.

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