What Is the Difference Between IPL and Laser Hair Removal?

Unwanted hair has an entire industry dedicated to its removal. But shaving, waxing, and creams can be time-consuming and expensive options. If you have unwanted hair on your body, laser hair removal and IPL can be a more permanent solution for getting the smooth skin that you are looking for. 

At Trouvaille Med Spa in Bourbonnais, IL, we offer both IPL and laser hair removal treatments so that we can serve the greatest variety of patients and unwanted hair concerns. Each technology comes with benefits that can be helpful in different situations and we offer fully customizable hair removal treatments to give you the best experience possible. 

A Comparison Between IPL and Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an extremely targeted treatment that can be very effective at treating unwanted hair. A laser device is any device that uses one wavelength of light at a time to target hair follicles. Before your laser hair removal treatment, your doctor will choose the laser that is well-suited for the color of your hair and skin.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

During a laser hair removal treatment, the goal is to heat the hair follicle to the point where the hair follicle is permanently damaged. When the laser energy is emitted, it converts to heat energy. This heat energy targets a specific color based on what was chosen during the consultation. The melanin in the hair attracts the heat energy and the follicle is damaged. Once this happens, it is unlikely to produce hair again. Because the beam of light is so targeted, it leaves the surrounding skin unharmed. 

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Can Be Used for a Wide Variety of Skin Tones

Individuals with darker skin tones often have to be careful about which hair removal services to choose in order to avoid hyper or hypopigmentation after the treatment. However, many lasers have settings that can safely be used on individuals with darker skin as well as patients with lighter skin, too. Lasers can also treat a wide variety of hair colors from dark blonde and red to dark brown and black. You should always talk to your doctor to find out if laser hair removal is suitable for your hair or skin tone. 

A Targeted Approach

The targeted approach of laser hair removal means that it is often very efficient at permanently removing hair. While you will still need multiple treatments to be able to target all of the active hair follicles, hair is less likely to grow back once the follicle is damaged by the laser.

Fast Treatment

Laser hair removal is a fast treatment. Even when receiving a treatment in a large area such as your legs, chest, or back, you can be in and out of our office in an hour or less. When you compare this to the time you spend each month shaving or waxing, it is well worth the time investment. 

IPL Hair Removal

IPL is an acronym that stands for “Intense Pulsed Light.” IPL devices are not considered lasers in the technical sense of the word because they offer a broad spectrum of light rather than a single wavelength. During IPL treatments, we can use filters to help filter out any wavelengths that we don’t want for the treatment. This yields customizable results and versatile treatment.  

How IPL Hair Removal Works

IPL hair removal works in a way that is very similar to laser hair removal treatments with small differences. At the beginning of the treatment, we insert filters into the handpiece to ensure that the wavelengths used during the treatment will efficiently target your hair color and skin type. Because IPL can treat other skin concerns, we choose filters that will target areas deeper in the skin where the hair follicles are located. As with the laser, the light will convert to heat energy and destroy the follicle. 

Benefits of IPL Hair Removal

Large Treatment Area

IPL devices can treat a larger area of skin at one time. This can be beneficial for patients who want hair removal services on the legs, back, chest, or other large areas.

Pain-Free Treatment

IPL treatments come with very minimal discomfort. Improved technologies and numbing creams allow us to treat you without the pain that you may experience from waxing or using depilatory creams. 

Affordable Treatment

IPL treatments can be the more affordable choice. While we recommend having treatments done in-office with a licensed physical rather than attempting home treatment, even professional IPL treatments are accessible for many people. 

Can Also Revitalize the Skin

In addition to hair removal, IPL is also often used to reduce hyperpigmentation and stimulate collagen production in the skin. Your hair removal treatments can include additional benefits. 

Where Can IPL and Laser Hair Removal Be Performed? 


If you are tired of having to shave your legs every week just so you feel comfortable wearing your bathing suit or shorts, IPL and laser hair removal treatments can solve the problem long-term. Instead of waiting until your hair is long enough to shave or wax, your skin can be permanently smooth. 


A common area to have laser hair removal is performed is the underarms. Light hair removal treatments can help you avoid some of the painful side effects that can come from shaving this area such as ingrown hairs or skin irritation. 

Bikini Laser Hair Removal

The bikini area can be one of the most painful areas for shaving and waxing and many women struggle with ingrown hairs and an angry red rash any time they try other hair removal methods. Brazilian laser hair removal can keep you smooth and confident for impromptu days at the beach. 

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent? 

If you are looking for a permanent hair removal treatment, laser hair removal is as close to permanent as you can get. While hormonal changes and other factors can cause hair to regrow, you can enjoy smooth skin for years before coming in for a maintenance laser hair removal service. Even then, the majority of hair follicles will still be inactive and not growing hair. 

Laser Hair Removal Consultations

If you are looking for the best laser hair removal services in Bourbonnais, IL, it can take time to find a clinic that makes you feel comfortable. Get to know us by scheduling a consultation at Trouvaille Med Spa in Bourbonnais, IL. We look forward to your call.

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