1. How does IPL hair removal in Singapore usually work?
Intense pulsed light works by emitting visible light of multiple wavelengths, similar to how a photo flash might appear. It targets melanin pigment in your strands, which will absorb and get heated up. When this happens, your follicles will be injured and gradually slow down or completely prevent hair from growing in the future. It is not a one-time treatment, as your strands has different stages of growth over a period of time. The best results will usually be achieved after multiple sessions.
2. What is the difference between laser and IPL hair removal in Singapore?
Laser works the same way as IPL in that strands are warmed up and follicles are damaged through light energy. However, the former harnesses unique characteristics and effects. As it can be controlled, the energy is a lot more precise and does not disperse onto areas outside the targeted zones. This is useful for treating small areas, such as your face and underarms, as well as larger surface areas like the midsection and legs. There is always a chance that the scattered light will harm the skin on surrounding areas of your body.
3. Why should I opt for laser hair removal instead?
In general, laser is known to be a more effective method than IPL. Alongside the precise delivery of energy, the beams emitted process comprise a single colour of light. This means that the beam can reach deeper into your follicles and deliver more effective results. The power is rather limited, diffused, and weak. As such, you typically have to undergo way more sessions to achieve the same results that a few rounds of laser can deliver.
Additionally, as the wavelengths are hard to control and adjust, the procedure will not be able to work on medium to dark complexions as the unfettered light may end up hurting the skin. Darker tones contain a higher level of melanin pigment and hence, tend to absorb more light than pale complexions. Laser is more versatile in that aspect, as the technician or therapist will be able to adjust the wavelengths to address specific skin pigment.
4. What must I do before starting your procedure?
Lasers will typically cause a thermal effect on your skin, so we advise against this process if you have sunburnt skin. Ideally, you should wait at least two weeks for any tan to fade. Aim to moisturise your skin more several weeks prior to the treatment, as hydrated skin will be ideal in withstanding heat.
You can let your hair grow out one to two weeks before, as the root should be intact to enable the energy to pinpoint it. About 12 to 24 hours before, you should clean shave your targeted areas with a sharp razor. On the day, keep your skin clean and avoid applying any moisturisers or topical products. If you are targeting your underarms, do not put on any deodorant or powder either.
5. What can I expect during the procedure?
Your assigned therapist will assess your skin type and condition and adjust the laser settings accordingly. A thin layer of gel will be applied to your targeted areas before the procedure commences. Once the procedure begins, a handheld device will be applied to your skin, and you may start to feel a warm prickly sensation. Your therapist will check on the temperature and ensure that you feel comfortable periodically throughout the treatment. One complete session can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the body part you are targeting.
6. What results can I expect to see?
Results may vary across different individuals. With that said, most clients will generally see slight improvements after the first few sessions. Hair growth will be significantly thwarted, and you can expect to observe smoother skin within several months. By the end of your course, you will notice up to a 90 percent permanent reduction in hair growth on your treated areas. One thing to note is that hormonal changes in your body can trigger slight regrowth in the future. However, even if this happens, the regrowth will be much finer and thinner (almost unnoticeable).