Learn the difference between IPL and Laser Hair Removal

The difference between laser and IPL hair removal devices

In today’s beauty device market, we are seeing a lot of promotional ads for at-home laser hair removal devices, when most of the devices advertised are not even laser at all! Tria is the only FDA-Cleared at-home hair removal laser available on the market, and uses the same diode laser technology used by dermatologists and laser hair removal clinics.

There is a mass amount of “laser” hair removal devices you see advertised on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and don’t forget TikTok. The majority of these devices use a technology called IPL – that’s short for Intense Pulsed Light. In layman’s terms…that’s not a laser!

Let’s compare laser with IPL, shall we?

While both hair removal methods use light to heat the hair follicles to prevent regrowth, the technology is different due to the light source that is used.

With Tria’s hair removal lasers, the laser emits focused a light that is absorbed by the pigment in each hair. That energy from the light converts to heat which then disables the hair follicle underneath the skin. Since each hair on the body is in a different growth phase, your hair growth will need to be in the anagen hair growth phase in order for permanent hair removal. This is why it can take between 6 to 8 sessions or more to see results, over the course of 3 to 6 months.

With IPL technology, which is different from laser technology, uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths. The energy is not as focused as laser, causing the energy to be much weaker than Tria’s lasers. This means you will need more treatments and will most likely see less permanent results.

Laser vs IPL energy chart

If we take a look at this chart here that compares Tria with IPL products, we see that Tria uses 20 Joules (which is a unit of energy) and delivers 3X more energy than IPL.

Now that we’ve covered the technology portion of IPL vs Laser, let’s talk about the body of the machine and why Tria is easier to use than an IPL device.

Tria’s lasers are cordless, and do not require you to be tethered to the wall during treatments like IPL devices. You can enjoy the outdoors, lounge on the bed or couch, or use it anywhere you want! Having a cordless device also means that you can maneuver the device in a wider range of places without tangling yourself in a cord.

With Tria’s lasers, you do not have to wear protective eye wear like you do with IPL devices. No need to wear sunglasses at night while zapping away body hair!

That’s all for today Tria Beauties, please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions regarding our hair removal devices by sending a DM to @triabeauty.