IPL (脉冲光)

IPL

IPL (脉冲光)

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It uses broadband light pulses consisting of a range of wavelengths (500-1200nm), compared to laser which uses single wavelength.

Laser: Coherent and Focus

IPL: Incoherent and Divergent

LaserIPL
Wavelength Monochromatic (single wavelength/ single colour) Polychromatic (broad band wavelength/ can be broken down into multiple colour like rainbow)
Penetration Target at specific depth at any one time Target multiple depth simultaneously
Hair Removal A concentrated beam for localised hair removal such as moustache and armpits Broader treatment window to cover a larger area such as limbs and pubic area
Skin Types Effective for all skin types Effective for fair skin, cautious use in darker skin

USes of IPL

Pigmentation/Whitening

IPL is widely used for pigmentation and uneven skin tone (patches of skin that becomes darker than the body’s overall skin tone due to uneven distribution of melanin). The flashes of IPL heat up and break down pigments (melanin) into smaller particles, which subsequently are removed by the body’s lymphatic system. It also helps to brighten up the face to achieve whitening effect.

Facial Rejuvenation

IPL is a common tool used for facial rejuvenation as part of anti-aging treatment. During the process, light energy is delivered to target the fibroblast cells responsible for the stimulation of collagen and elastin. This will help in improving skin quality and reducing pore size.

Hair Removal (彩光脱毛)

IPL can be adjusted to emit gentle pulse of energy which is absorbed by the pigment(melanin) in the hair follicle. The light energy converts into heat and destroys the hair follicles which prevents hair regrowth.  IPL hair removal can be used on both the face and body. Areas with thicker hair may need more treatment sessions.

FAQ

Before IPL, shaving is recommended but avoid waxing or plucking of hair. IPL requires the hair root to be intact for the treatment to be effective.

IPL is non-invasive and has no downtime. You can resume daily activities and exercise after the treatment.

For rejuvenation, we recommend once a month. For hair removal, it generally needs 3-5 sessions depending on hair types. This is because our body hairs go through hair cycle consisting of growing phase, resting phase and intermediate phase. IPL/SHR target hairs at the growing phase but less effective on the other phases of hair.