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Medical Laser vs. Intense Pulsed Light

laser hair removal

There are many options when it comes to laser hair removal. New York City is one area that is saturated with laser hair removal providers and it is often difficult to discern the differences.  One aspect you should consider is whether the laser hair removal center you are considering in NYC uses true medical lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL).

Manhattan Laser prides itself on being a laser hair removal center that uses a medical laser.  Unfortunately, many so-called laser hair removal centers in NYC say they use “laser” when they really use IPL.  So, what is the difference between medical laser hair removal and IPL?  Let’s take a closer look:

Light Source

Unlike many laser hair removal centers in New York City, when you choose Manhattan Laser Centers, your treatments will be conducted by a professional using a true medical laser.  Medical lasers use laser technology to permanently remove hair.  IPL, on the otherhand, uses broad-spectrum light which does not permanently remove hair and is considered an alternative to waxing.

Hair Root

Destroying the hair root is key when it comes to successful laser hair removal.  Medical lasers kill the hair root while IPL deals with only the fine hairs on the surface.


Medical lasers are a medical technology and require licensing. IPL’s are for spa’s and don’t require licensing.

Skin Tone

IPL can ONLY be used on very, very light skin with very fine hair, otherwise it will burn the skin in the process.  Medical lasers, however, can be used for laser hair removal on all skin tones and hair textures.

When it comes to laser hair removal in NYC, Manhattan Laser Centers has you covered. We are FDA cleared and use medical lasers by Candela. In addition to or as an alternative to full laser hair removal, we can also reduce or re-design body and facial hair and eliminate ingrown hairs.  If you live, work or are visiting New York City, Manhattan or any of the surrounding areas, give us a call today!