Laser vs IPL, IPL vs SPL... Forget all you knew!

Laser vs IPL, IPL vs SPL... Forget all you knew!
Laser vs IPL, IPL vs SPL...
Forget all you knew!
Brisbane, Australia - August 2013
What is really IPL? How does it compare to laser? Are all IPL devices using the same technology? And why is France Medical
advertising that they offer you the best deal on the market and claim that their range of professional IPL devices is revolutionising
the IPL market for beauty salons and skin clinics in Australia and New Zealand? Let’s have a close look.
1- IPL technology in general
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), emits a “polychromatic light, i.e. a multitude of wavelengths (Similar to the rainbow spectrum analogy
in the illustration below). IPL technology targets the melanin of the hair, responsible for the hair colour. This pigment will vary from a
person to another. Each type of hair requires a specific wavelength to be heated up. The heat is transmitted to everything in contact with
the hair and especially the nourishing structure of the hair. Once this structure is destroyed (blood vessel cauterised) this particular
hair will not grow back.
2- IPL vs Laser
•Emits a “monochromatic” light (single wavelength - one colour
•Very intense light, going in one direction (collimated), that
targets the melanin to destroy the hair follicle.
Advantages over IPL
•Doesn’t heat.
Inconvenients in general
•Its high technology makes it too complicated to use.
•Expensive device (over $50,000 for a reasonable piece of
equipment) and high maintenance cost.
•Dedicated to doctors and registered nurses only.
•Targets a small spot on each shot (usually less than 1cm2)
•Require an intensive training and strict safety precautions.
•Suitable for skin phototypes I (very fair skin) to III (fair skin),
but higher risk of burn on IV (olive) , V (dark) and tanned skin.
•Does not work on blond, red and white hair.
• Emits a “polychromatic” light (variety of wavelengths multicolours).
• The wavelength varies from 580nm to 1200nm for hair removal
(with E>O75).
• Easy to use.
• Gentle on the skin (not as invasive).
• Works on more different hair colours (blond, brown and
• Suitable for skin phototypes I (very fair skin) to V (dark skin).
• Cover a larger skin area per shot (7.5cm2 for E>O75).
• Does not work on red and white hair.
• Not suitable for phototype VI.
Each type of laser will be effective on one single type of hair colour
but ineffective on all others. Using laser to carry out hair removal
treatments is truly illogical from a scientific and technical point of view.
3- E>075 Technology - SPL vs IPL
E>O75 is a unique IPL hair removal device designed for the treatment of blond, brown and dark hair colour on skin phototype I (fair)
to V (dark) and tanned skin. It is dedicated to beauty and health professionals only and can be used by trained beauticians who fully
understand the use of the IPL technology.
• E>O75 is using the 3rd and latest generation of Intense Pulsed Light technology (also known as SPL for Square Pulsed Light– See
graphs below), a unique French technology patented by E-Swin.
• This technology is based on electronically controlled flash spread on a longer time period (called pulse width) at an optimised
flash intensity (called fluence). It is more efficient and safer than traditional IPL technologies. E>O75 has a long pulse width (30 to 40
milliseconds), longer than all hair removal competitors.
• E>O75 has patented safety features that keep the flash intensity stable during the whole flash emission. This avoids peaks of energy
and reduces the risks of redness, burn and scaring.
• There are no less than 12 safety features in the device to insure its reliability, the E>O75 is registered at the TGA and is certified by
a Medical CE. And the manufacturer is also certified ISO 9001 and 13485.
• E>O75’s technology has been followed by a three-year clinical study in France under the control of independent dermatologists.
To use the E>O75, clients have to shave before the session. In case of waxing, the client will have to wait 4 weeks before doing a treatment.
6 to 8 sessions every six to eight weeks to obtain optimum results. Then, only 1 or 2 touch ups a year for maintenance will be necessary.
There are obvious results after the first treatment. The hair will fall out progressively 7 to 21 days after each session.
Different IPL technologies
Graph 1 - High energy (in joules per cm2). Very short flash (in milliseconds) - Very hard to adjust the safety settings of the device –
75% of salons still use this 20 years old technology in Australia. Higher risk to burn and be painful. Average results.
Graph 2 - Flash intensity better controlled, but no stabilisation (pulse interruption due to limited technology). 12 years old technology
safer than previous technology. Average results.
Graph 3 - SPL (Square Pulsed Light) stable flash on longer period. This technology will work on blond hair (with less melanin). Can
be used on phototypes IV and V as well as tanned skins, ideal for Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern skins.
in joules
per cm2
in joules
per cm2
20 year's old technology. About 75% of salons use
this technology (machine mainly made in China)
Graph 2:
12 years old technology.
About 20% of the market.
• Works on brown
and dark hair
• Suitable for skin
phototype I to IV
• Moderate
• Works on brown
and dark hair
• Average results
• Suitable for skin
phototype I to III
• Painful
in ms
in ms
3 to 5 ms
5 to 10 ms
in joules
per cm2
Graph 3
About 5% of the market.
Latest technology.
• Works on blond,
brown and dark hair
• Suitable for skin
phototype I to V
in ms
10 most common ideas about laser and IPL
30 to 38 ms
Only 4 treatments are required for permanent hair
With E>O75 you will need 6 to 8 treatments and
one touch up once or twice a year.
Technology suitable for blond hair and light brown hair
E>O75 is the only IPL that works on blond hair
targeting melanin.
Technology suitable for tanned skins
Laser and older technology IPL (graph 1) can be used on
tanned skin with a higher risk to burn the skin.
Painful treatment according to patients
A clinical study shows that treated patients indicate no
discomfort when using E>O75 (TGA regulation insists that
there is no permanent hair reduction painfree device).
It is expensive to get equipped
Renting E>O75 is only $90 a week ex GST.
Advanced and complex technology
Devices are TGA registered and medically certified
In Australia most lasers are TGA registered, but only a few
IPL devices are.
The device can be used on the whole body
Avoid the eyes area (Wear safety goggles).
Extremely intense fluence (joules per cm ) of the flash
Laser technology: Higher risk to burn.
Suitable and effective technology for permanent hair
reduction on most skin phototypes.
Laser: Phototypes I to III.
E>O75 IPL: Phototypes I to V.
For more information
Contact Betty Moinet
Marketing Manager
France Medical Pty Ltd
Only doctors and qualified nurses with intense training are
allowed to use laser while IPL has been widely used.
Visit France Medical
France Medical Pty Ltd
1/161 Robertson Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006, Australia
Phone : 07 3151 1543
Phone from overseas: +61 7 3151 1543
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