Thinking of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy?
Have you tried a number of treatments to change the appearance of your skin? Tired of lotions and potions that don’t work? Skeptical about procedures that promise a huge change, but don’t deliver?
You should consider Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or flashlamp therapy. This non-invasive treatment uses high intensity pulses of visible light to do just that -- improve the appearance of a number of skin problems, such as: vascular lesions including spider angiomas (or 'spider veins'), port wine stains, broken facial veins, and Rosacea.
Other uses include:
- Freckles and age marks
- Facial lines and wrinkles
- Removal of unwanted dark hair
How does it work?
IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with color in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the target area, according to experts. IPL systems are different than most lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain smaller areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables the targeting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).
IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are affected, in order to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome.
The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward.
Here is what to expect when undergoing IPL for:
For the treatment of spider and thread veins as well as some vascular birthmarks, a light pulse is targeted at the red-pigment (hemoglobin) in the blood which heats and destroys the pigment without affecting the outermost layer of skin or other tissues.
For the treatment of age spots, freckles, flat pigmented birthmarks and other skin discoloration problems such as melasma/ chloasma and erythromelanosis of the neck, a light pulse is targeted at the melanin in the skin’s surface which heats and destroys melanin to subsequently remove the discoloration.
For the treatment of unwanted hair, light pulses are targeted at the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out and prevent further growth. This type of therapy is generally ineffective for light colored hair; Laser Hair Removal tends to provide the best results to patients with dark, coarse hair. This treatment may be used for hair in any location including underarms, bikini line, face, neck, back, chest and legs.
IPL could be an option for you if you suffer from any of the above issues! As with any cosmetic services, please consult with a professional before you begin any treatments.