There are many different lasers on the market for hair removal and the gold standard laser for hair removal is the Alexandrite laser. When I first started looking into what laser I wanted to buy, I had it in my head I didn’t want IPL Technology for hair removal. I’ve always thought that IPL for hair removal wasn’t very good, and this seems to be what many people believe and generally these assumptions are correct. There are many IPLs on the market and most of them aren’t that great.
What does IPL stand for?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light.
How IPL works?
What most IPLs do, is they emit long pulses of light. Long pulses of light basically means that the light comes out slow. The light is then absorbed by the pigment (hair), the light turns into heat. The heat is what destroys the hair follicle but because the pulses are slow, the heat has time to spread into the surrounding skin which can cause the skin to overheat and possibly lead to burns.
What tends to happen is machines are either turned down so damage to the skin is minimal but then there isn’t enough heat to destroy the follicle, or they’re turned up so the hair is destroyed but the skin has over heated and resulted in the skin being burned.
What makes Lynton IPLs unique?
Lynton were part of a PHD project back in 1994 at the University of Manchester wherein they were designing one of the world’s first IPL flashlamps. Lynton’s IPLs have something called DymanicReflex and is unique to Lynton’s IPL Devices. No other IPLs on the market have this, and if they claim to, then they are telling fibs! htt
What Lynton were able to do was create incredibly short pulses of light (super-fast) and as explained above, the pigment and in this case, hair, absorbs the light and turns into heat. This is called pulse duration. Then there is a delay – the delay is really important because the delay is what allows the skin to cool and the heat escapes from any surrounding tissue. Then another pulse duration is fired! This all happens so fast that the hair is able to retain the heat from both pulses and the skin has been allowed to cool in between.
My Lynton IPL light guides are made from Quarts Crystal. These crystals guide the light into the skin.
Are IPL machines safe?
Lynton’s IPLs are medical grade and incredibly safe and that is why Lynton’s IPLs are the only IPLs that the NHS will use. Not only are they safe, but they deliver phenomenal results just as good as any other laser on the market.
Is IPL hair removal suitable for dark skin?
With my Lynton Lumina, I am able to treat up to skin type 5 for hair removal. If you are familiar with the Fitzpatrick Scale, this is from very white skin to Asian Indian skin. IPL isn’t suitable for black skin (skin type 6). This is simply because darker skin types have too much melanin for IPLs and carry a higher risk of burns and hyper-pigmentation. As I previously mentioned, my Lynton Lumina is a build as you grow platform which means I can add different lasers to it as my business grows. In the future, I intend to add the Nd:YAG laser which will enable me to treat skin type 6 together with being able to offer other treatments. https://lynton.co.uk/prod/lumina-laser-ipl/
Now that I own a Lynton device, I am so glad that I do. My clients are getting incredible results not only with hair removal but also with other skin concerns.
There is a reason that they are the UK No.1 IPL and Laser manufacturer, and it is because they are simply the best and I can’t wait to be able to invest more in Lynton in the future.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
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