Setsuko Beauty Clinic

Laser or IPL hair removal?

Which is better IPL or Laser hair removal? Every clinic will say their machine  is the best. However the real answer is “ It Depends!”. Even when people say laser, there are different types of laser. Alexandrite, NdYAG, Diode and IPL all have certain skin types, hair types and hair size that they excel at. In addition the quality of the machine, the training of the practitioner and the maintenance of the equipment can have a huge impact on the effect of the treatment. I can tell you that our IPL is top quality, fully maintained and Setsuko has taken advanced training classes provided by Lynton. I can also tell you that IPL is not suitable for skin types 5 or 6, for that you really need to find someone who operates a NdYAG laser. If you book a consultation with Setsuko, she will provide you with the best advice. Don’t forget that IPL is also excellent for aesthetic treatments such as  age spots and thread veins.

Setsuko provides IPL Laser treatments in Somerset using the  Lynton IPL which can perform Hair Removal and treat conditions such as Thread VeinsRosacea, and Acne. Setsuko Beauty Clinic in Bridgwater provides Laser Treatments in Somerset. Please find further details on the treatment pages.

Lynton Laser IPL

 Setsuko has the  CIBTAC Level 4 in Laser and Light therapy treatments. We use the Excelight IPL, the latest technology from Lynton, a British manufacturer set up by leading physicists from the University of Manchester. Excelight is an award-winning IPL machine, approved by the NHS. It combines power, versatility and efficacy to deliver the most advanced IPL technology seen to date. 

Why Lynton IPL?

Why Lynton IPL? Since 1994, Lynton have been manufacturing exceptional medical-grade equipment together with award-winning post-purchase support, in the areas of IPL & aesthetic technology. This award-winning Lynton EXCELIGHT IPL system is approved by the NHS”.  Offering permanent hair reduction and a wide range of skin rejuvenation treatments, the Lynton EXCELIGHT® IPL is widely regarded by many Dermatologists as the most clinically effective IPL in the marketplace. Delivering industry-leading power and speed alongside easy to use built-in treatment parameters.


IPL Laser Treatments in Somerset

What is IPL Hair Removal?

What is IPL hair removal? Though technically not containing a laser IPL is sometimes referred to as "laser hair removal". IPL-based methods, sometimes called "phototricholysis", or "photoepilation", use xenon flash lamps that emit full spectrum light. IPL or Intense pulse light systems typically output wavelengths between 400 nm and 1200 nm.

Various cut-off filters are commonly used to selectively filter out lower wavelengths, especially potentially damaging ultra violet light. The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores (e.g. melanin in hair, or oxyhemoglobin in blood vessels) these are heated to destruction and reabsorbed by the body. IPL shares some similarities with laser treatments, in that they both use light to heat and destroy their targets. But unlike lasers that use a single wavelength (colour) of light which typically matches only one chromophore, and hence only one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with filters, allows it to be used against several conditions.

IPLs offer certain advantages over laser, principally in the pulse duration. While lasers may output trains of short pulses to simulate a longer pulse, IPL systems can generate pulse widths up to 250ms which is useful for larger diameter targets. The Best IPL systems have proven to be more successful in the removal of hair and blood vessels than many lasers.

What is Laser Hair removal?

What is Laser hair removal? It is a process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle.

The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis, the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to obtain the best effect on targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. Lasers light can be absorbed by melanin, thereby heating up the basal stem cells in a hair follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin.

Melanin is considered the primary chromophore for all hair removal lasers currently on the market. Melanin occurs naturally in the skin and gives skin and hair their colour. There are two types of melanin in hair. Eumelanin gives hair brown or black colour, while pheomelanin gives hair blonde or red colour. Because of the selective absorption of photons of laser light, only hair with colour such as black, brown, or reddish-brown hair or dirty blonde can be removed. White hair, light blonde and strawberry blonde hair does not respond well. Laser works best with dark coarse hair. Light skin and dark hair are an ideal combination, being most effective and producing the best results, but lasers such as the Nd:YAG laser are able to target black hair in patients with dark skin.