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Dr. Gloria Octaviano, explains the differences between Lasers and IPL beauty devices.

Dr. Gloria Octaviano, explains the differences between Lasers and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) devices.

Lasers (eg. Diode, NdYag) use a specific coherent light wavelength whereas IPL uses a broad spectrum wavelength of non-coherent light.

Regardless of whether you use an IPL or Laser, both technologies work on the same principle of photothermolysis (PHOTO-light, THERMO-Heat and LYSIS-to destroy), meaning it destroys the pigment in the hair follicle using heat and light. Additionally, multiple treatments are necessary in order to destroy the hair follicle for hair removal or pigmentation in the case of melasma or sun damaged skin.

When I was starting my practice I was made to believe that lasers are superior to IPL but when I started using both technologies (more than 15 years ago) I discovered that one is not superior than the other. Technicians just have to understand the IPL and laser parameters to achieve satisfactory results. For myself, tailoring the energy used for patient’s skin type remains to be the most crucial factor in achieving the best results. You can either use IPL or laser since both work very well provided you learn how to use the correct parameter settings that best suit your clients.

For those who are just starting or adding laser in their business I recommend Dermalase IPL because it’s Health Canada approved and while it is less expensive than lasers, it delivers the same great results. Additionally, it can do both Hair Removal (HR) and Skin Rejuvenation (SR) treatment for skin pigmentations, rosacea, spider veins, fine wrinkles ,etc. and in a competitive market, it’s good business sense to offer additional services for your customers.

The Dermalase IPL is also technician friendly and easy to use without having to program so many parameters which is an added bonus because the company made sure the technicians are using the correct parameter settings. On top of that Dermalase has very good built-in cooling system (-5 to 0 degrees Celsius) which makes the treatment comfortable for the clients unlike many other lasers which require purchasing a separate device for cooling which adds to the overall initial investment price tag as well as maintenance costs.

The Dermalase IPL has very large tip for laser hair removal making treatments very fast for additional client comfort as well as allowing you to book more appointments. Training and certification for 2 people is included in the Dermalase price and lastly local technicians are available when needed, so there is no long waits for laser repairs inconveniencing clients and resulting in lost revenue.

My suggestion is to book a demonstration to see how the Dermalase IPL is different from other machines in the market. It’s always good to get feedback from other technicians who have had practical experience with a number of technologies and who have been in the business for a number of year, so you can decide what device fits your business best.


If you want to learn more about the Dermalase IPL - the lowest priced, Health Canada approved Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation device manufactured and serviced right here in Canada, including training and certification - just give us a call at 604-788-3413 to book your FREE demonstration.

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