For most of us, shaving might seem to be an irritating activity; particularly when shaving the legs and bikini area. Recent years have seen the emergence of a popular method called “Diode Laser Hair Removal”. This process is commonly used to get rid of unwanted body hair from legs, face, underarms, bikini area, back and arms. Before starting a diode laser hair removal treatment, there still might be some doubts and questions in your mind. It is advisable to know more about the procedure and carefully choose the specialists.

First, let’s see how diode laser hair removal works: In diode laser hair removal treatment, a skin specialist presses a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. The light energy from the laser handpiece enters the hair follicles through the skin. The laser light causes permanent damage to the hair follicles and further disables its ability to grow. In a diode laser hair removal treatment, the laser light only destroys hair follicles in an active growth stage, while follicles in an inactive growth stage remain undamaged. Since our hair grows in different phases over time, and we all have an undetermined number of hair growth phases,  diode laser hair removal requires multiple treatments for desired results. When treating for aggressive hair growth due to certain health conditions such as PCOS, it is expected that additional treatments will be necessary to reach desired results.

The Diode Laser is very effective on dark coarse hair while comparatively less effective on light or fine hair. Diode Laser has a fast repetition rate and allows for fast treatment of larger body areas and is safe for most skin types.

IPL Laser (Intense Pulse Light), on the other hand, doesn’t have a specific wavelength and instead emits non coherent light in the range of 550nm and 1200nm.  You can consider this the “shotgun” approach to hair removal. The IPL device will emit a broad spectrum of light over a large variety of wavelengths in a pulse like fashion. This makes IPL more safe and effective when treating light skin tones with dark colored hair, whereas Diode Laser is safe for a broader range of skin tones.

Freya’s Lair medical spa provides both lasers using Diode and IPL technology.