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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Machine

- The Medical Practice uses The Ellipse which are also used by dermatologists in our National Skin Centre and plastic surgeons from Singapore General Hospital's plastics department.

Intense Pulse Light Therapy, a lunch time procedures has been successfully used for:

  • Unwanted Hair Removal- In all skin and hair colours except white hair on all body parts.
  • Ingrown hair or "razor bumps"
  • Skin pigmentation such as freckles, solar lentiges.
  • Skin Rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production
  • Fine Capillaries and veins
  • Acne Control

What to expect

IPL is relatively painless procedure and lasts 5- 20 minutes, depending on the procedure involved. It does not require any anaesthesia and most people describe the sensation of rubber band snapping onto the skin. It has no down time and you can resume normal activity after each treatment. Occasional redness in certain individuals can be expected for 1 to 2 hours post procedure. Prior to each treatment, a cooling gel is applied onto the intended area. Protective eye wear will also be supplied to shield your eyes from the intense light emitted from the device. During the treatment, you will feel hear/warmness as the device head is placed light over the area of treatment. Very rarely, post-inflammatory hyper or hyperpigmentation will occur and this is usually common in darker skinned individuals. This will usually fade in a few months.


The Medical Practice has done several hundreds of hair removal procedures and each procedure is handled only by Dr Karina Kho.

IPL hair removal is safe, fast and painless but DOES NOT give results after 1 session as hair growth takes place in several phases. Therefore, IPL treatment must be repeated in multiple sessions, generally 5-8 sessions in interval periods of 6-10 weeks.

Treating Pigmented Conditions

Our skin consists of 2 layers. The thin, outer layer called epidermis is our body's protection from the environment. New cells are constantly forming to replace dead skin cells that flake off at the surface. The dermis or inner layer, contains blodd vessels , nerves , oil and sweat glands. It also contain collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

Over time, the effects of sun , aging and hormones can cause changes in your skin. These appear as fine lines, age spots and sun damage. Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid especially with repeated sun damage will begin to wear out.

IPL Treatment can produce , smoother , even-toned, more youthful skin by stimulating collagen and improving the following:

  • Broken blood vessels
  • Redness from flushing
  • Skin discolouration and mottles pigmentation
  • Fine face wrinkling

After each treatment, you'll feel tightening and there may be a reduction in pore size. Several sessions in 3 to 4 weekly intervals are recommended. IPL treatment can also be combined with laser therapy, Botox and filler treatments to provide a further youthful look.

It is advisable to start using skin lightening creams such as hydroquinones, vitamin C or AHA/PHA preparations prior to treatment. These preparations should be continued after each treatment to further hasten the process of pigment lightening. After each treatment session, you will expect slight darkening of freckles, age spots and slight darker skin discolouration. This would fade in 1 to 2 weeks to reveal a much clearer complexion. Several treatments every 3 to 4 week intervals are recommended. Sun block of minimum SPF 30 to UVA protection is strongly advised for long term usage and especially after each treatment.

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