What Is IPL Treatment Used For?
Intense pulsed light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes.
This includes hair removal, Photo-rejuvenation such as, treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins.
IPL Treatment also is used to treat dermatologic diseases such as acne.
How Does IPL Treatment Work?
IPL Treatment technology uses a high-powered, hand-held, computer-controlled flashgun to deliver an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light.
The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores such as, melanin in hair, or oxy-hemoglobin in blood vessels that are heated to destruction and reabsorbed by the body.
IPL Treatment shares some similarities with laser treatments, in that they both use light to heat and destroy their targets.
Unlike lasers that use a single wavelength (colour) of light and typically hence only one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with filters, allows it to be used against several conditions.
This can be achieved when the IPL technician selects the appropriate filter that matches a specific condition.
What to Expect When Having an IPL Treatment Done?
Each IPL treatment takes about 20 minutes to perform.
The skin is pre-treated with a cool gel. Then, a hand-held device emits small intense bursts of light to the skin.
The targeted areas such as blood vessels, brown discoloration, port wine stains, hyper-pigmentation, age spots, sunspots, freckles, flat pigmented birthmarks or redness absorb the light wave.As a result they heat up and then are broken down.
The penetration depth and degree of heat is exactly controlled. The procedure is continued until all of the abnormal skin has received the small pulses of light.
An additional bonus is that the treatment causes inflammation of tiny blood vessels in the skin which stimulate the production of new collagen.
It is possible to shrink oil glands, and pore size, with repeated treatments.
How Many IPL Treatments Will I Need?
The number of IPL Treatments necessary to achieve this result varies from patient to patient. Other areas that effectively can be treated are:
mild acne scars, acne, facial and leg veins, selectively targeting hair follicles and angioma.