The Difference Between Medical and Non-Medical Lasers
If you’re seeking permanent hair removal solutions, you’ve probably seen claims of “laser treatments” at your local salon or spa. Unfortunately, this term can be misleading. Many beauty facilities utilize beauty-grade equipment, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) beams, while marketing those services as laser treatments. While IPL and similar treatments can have great results, it’s important to note that these procedures are not performed with medical-grade equipment. Learn key differences between medical lasers and non-medical lasers.
Beauty-Grade vs. Medical-Grade Equipment
Like we mentioned earlier, devices used for aesthetic treatments like IPL are typically beauty-grade devices. Equipment used for more intensive procedures like laser hair removal are typically medical-grade medical-grade devices. Medical lasers emit a targeted, very specific wavelength of light. IPL devices, on the other hand, emit a broader spectrum of light that goes in all directions – like a light bulb or a lamp. Procedures that target the hair follicle need to be performed with precise, medical-grade laser equipment to avoid burning the skin while performing laser hair removal in Springfield Missouri.
While treatments with IPL devices can be slightly less inflammatory than medical-grade laser treatment, they aren’t as effective when it comes to hair removal. That’s because medical lasers generate much more power per pulse, permanently damaging hair follicles at the root. Medical lasers also have a major safety advantage over IPL devices when it comes to hair removal. That’s because medical-grade devices typically have more advanced technology and better cooling methods. Take, for example, our LightSheer Duet medical-grade laser. Medical lasers like the LightSheer Duet can be adapted to different skin types and different colors of hair. The LightSheer Duet is also fast and typically much less painful than most other hair removal methods.
Don’t get us wrong – We love using our IPL equipment for a few specific treatments. IPL treatments are highly successful when it comes to hyperpigmentation, age spots, and broken capillaries. We always say that IPL devices and medical laser devices are both great tools. However, it’s important to use the right tool for the right job to deliver the best results.
At Advanced Laser Clinic, our certified experts use medical-grade equipment to make sure you get the best results possible. Our medical expertise ensures that your laser hair removal procedures are accurate, long-lasting, and comfortable. If you’re interested in setting up a laser hair removal treatment, give us a call at 417-883-5400 with any questions.