Know the difference…

At Courtenay Cosmetic Clinic we get a lot of clients visiting us because they haven’t got the results they were expecting through IPL and are surprised to learn there are significant differences between laser and IPL.

Here is an email from a recent client:
“Hi, I would like to make a booking with your medical-grade laser. After a lot of treatments at a day spa I still don’t have the results I was expecting. I have recently found out there are different grades of machines! If only I’d known at the start.”

We’ve all heard the terms IPL (intense pulse light), VPL (variable pulsed light) and laser hair removal. Many of us including a lot of operators tend to interchange these terms. Here is what you need to know to make an informed choice.

What is IPL?

IPLs/VPLs are technically not lasers; instead they use xenon flash lamps and work by emitting a variety of light wavelengths. Because the wavelengths are dispersed at a variety of depths only some of these are effective for hair removal.

What about Laser Hair Removal?

In contrast, Laser Hair Removal units work by emitting a single concentrated light beam that targets each hair follicle at the root. The beam is absorbed and transmitted by the pigment in the hair, converted into thermal energy and effectively ‘disables’ the hair’s ability to grow.


In New Zealand there are a lot of IPL machines because as a general rule of thumb IPL machines are cheaper devices. It is our belief, which has been backed up by feedback from our clients, when it comes to getting the best best results for removing unwanted hair medical-grade laser technology is the most effective method.

Why Courtenay Cosmetic Clinic?

At Courtenay Cosmetic Clinic we are a specialist non-surgical clinic and our mission is to offer the most effective technology at the best prices. We only offer Candela GentleLASE which is FDA approved medical-grade laser technology and widely considered the industry benchmark for hair removal. For a free, no obligation consultation contact us today.

Laser Safety Certified

Our team of professionals are laser safety certified and are either qualified medical professionals or highly experienced beauty therapists. Your health and safety is our number one priority and you can have confidence when visiting Courtenay Cosmetic Clinic you will recieve the highest standard of care

Latest Laser Technology

We offer Candela GentleLASE, medical-grade laser technology still widely considered the most effective method to rid yourself of unwanted hair, treat age spots, visible facial veins and rejuvenate your skin. If you want the best results ask for Candela by name.

Guaranteed Lowest Prices

With laser hair removal from $9 and a low price guarantee our goal is to offer Wellington’s best prices. Find a better price using the same technology and we’ll beat it by 10%*