IPL Hair Removal vs Laser Hair Removal: What’s the Difference?


IPL Hair Removal vs Laser Hair Removal: What’s the Difference?

August 29, 2023
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Find out more about what are IPL hair removal and laser hair removal, how they work, how they are different, which one is more suitable for you, and where to go for your treatments. Read on.

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There is no right or wrong when it comes to body hair. Whether you are on a quest for hair-free, silky-smooth skin, or you would rather embrace your natural body hair, your decision boils down to your personal preference and lifestyle. Thanks to modern medical aesthetic technology, the power to choose lies in your hands, and understanding different hair removal options empowers you to make an informed choice.

From shaving to waxing, to intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal and laser hair removal treatments, the plethora of choices can make things a little confusing. Among the most popular hair removal treatments in Singapore are IPL hair removal and laser hair removal, since they offer a more permanent solution.


IPL Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal Singapore Halley Medical Aesthetics How it worksWhat is IPL hair removal?

IPL is short for intense pulsed light, and it is a broad spectrum light source technology that started gaining popularity in the 90s as a hair removal treatment in Singapore. It can remove and minimise the growth of unwanted hair and limits hair regrowth over time.

How does IPL hair removal work?
The broad-spectrum light from the IPL strikes the hair shafts or the root of the hair. The hair-producing papilla, the hair root, and most of the hair shaft are destroyed by the heat energy from the light to remove hair and reduce future regrowth.


Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Singapore Halley Medical Aesthetics How it worksWhat is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a treatment that uses lasers to target the roots of hair beneath the surface of the skin. It targets and removes hair quickly with high precision. Most of the hairs are taken care of permanently, and hair regrowth is finer and lighter.

How does laser hair removal work?

At Halley Medical Aesthetics, our doctor uses the Long Pulsed Nd:Yag laser to target and remove hair. The laser light inactivates the hair follicles to remove unwanted hair. Do take note that laser hair removal treatments can only be done by a doctor in Singapore.


Difference Between IPL Hair Removal and Laser Hair Removal in Singapore

IPL hair removal

Laser hair removal

Broad spectrum light energy addresses larger areas of the skin in less time.

Laser energy is focused and absorbed only into the hair follicle, thus avoiding the surrounding skin tissue area.

Not suitable for darker skin.

Suitable for all skin types.

Effectively limits hair regrowth; removes 80-90% of volume of hair in treated area over time.

Majority of the hairs are taken care of permanently while regrowth is finer and lighter than previously.

Offers broader coverage but might be less precise in targeting individual hair follicles.

Offers higher precision due to the focused wavelength, making it effective for targeting specific hair follicles.

Tends to be less expensive per session but might require more sessions in the long run, potentially affecting overall cost.

Costs more than IPL per session but may require fewer sessions overall, potentially offering long-term cost-effectiveness.

Treatment can be carried out be therapists.

Treatment has to be done by a doctor.


Where should I go for my hair removal treatments in Singapore?

Many different clinics and spas offer permanent hair removal treatments in Singapore. Regardless of which clinic or spa you decide to go to, below are some points to keep in mind before you make your decision.

Is the treatment done by a doctor?

While IPL hair removal can be done by a therapist, laser hair removal can only be done by a doctor to ensure a safe and effective treatment. Always check with the doctor on whether you are suitable for the treatment. At Halley Medical Aesthetics, you can be assured that your hair removal treatments are tailored to your unique skin type and desired result after an assessment done by the doctor.

Is it safe?

At Halley Medical Aesthetics, our doctor only uses laser equipment approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for your peace of mind. Equipment that receives US FDA approval has undergone thorough rigorous testing to ensure it meets stringent safety standards. By choosing a clinic that uses US FDA-approved laser equipment, patients are assured that their well-being is a top priority.

Is the treatment comfortable?

Hair removal treatments can come with some discomfort, but the treatment can be made more comfortable with numbing cream. Our clinic offers doctor-grade numbing for our patients to minimise discomfort. The numbing cream is applied on the treatment area for 15 to 20 min before the IPL or laser hair removal treatment commences.

Are the hair removal results permanent?

Hair removal treatments can reduce hair growth significantly. Over a series of sessions, your hair regrowth will become lighter and finer, and you will notice a substantial reduction in hair growth. For many individuals, IPL or laser hair removal treatment results are long-lasting, but maintenance sessions might be needed to manage any regrowth that might occur over time. One red flag when choosing your treatment spa or clinic is when they overpromise the hair removal results. It is best to consult a doctor to check which treatment is suitable for you, and what kind of results to expect.


Difference Between IPL and Laser Hair Removal SingaporeCredit: Lifestylememory on Freepik

In conclusion, both IPL hair removal and laser hair removal are effective treatments available in Singapore. Each treatment comes with its own advantages to give you smooth and fuzz-free skin. Before embarking on your hair removal journey, consult a medical professional to make sure that the treatment aligns with your needs.

Unsure if a treatment is suitable? Talk to us.