What is it?

IPL treatment, which stands for intense pulsed light, is a form of light therapy that’s commonly used to treat spots, wrinkles and to remove unwanted hair. This treatment can also minimize or remove age spots, freckles, sun damage, varicose veins, rosacea and hair from all parts of your body.

How is it Different from Laser Treatments?

Intense pulsed light treatment is quite similar to undergoing laser treatment, although laser treatment focuses on a singular wavelength of light onto your skin. IPL, on the other hand, uses several different wavelengths to get the job done.

While there are more wavelengths used in IPL than laser, they’re more scattered about. IPL treatments also penetrate into the second layer of skin without causing harm to the epidermis. In turn, intense pulsed light treatments don’t cause as much damage to your skin as laser treatments can

The cells in your skin that contain pigment absorb the light energy before converting it into heat. That heat then destroys any and all unwanted pigmentation, effectively clearing up freckles and other spots. If this treatment is being used to remove hair, the heat will destroy the hair follicle, preventing it from growing again.

The Ideal Candidate

The good thing able the advanced technology that is IPL is that it can be used on any part of the body. However, if it’s not as effective when used on uneven surfaces. This treatment, whether you’re using it for laser hair removal or to reduce spotting, it’s not recommended for areas with raised keloid scarring. If you have lighter hair you’re looking to get rid of, it won’t be as effective as it would be on darker hair.

How to Prepare

Before an intense pulsed light treatment, your skin will be examined by a skin care specialist. They’ll tell you what to expect during and after the treatment. If you have any skin conditions like eczema or inflammatory acne, now is the time to let them know. Certain activities, treatments and medications should be avoided for the two weeks following your procedure, although this will depend on the individual. You may be asked to avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds, chemical peels and waxing, collagen injections, creams that contain vitamin A, retina or glycolic acid, aspirin and ibuprofen.

The Actual Procedure

Before the IPL treatment begins, your specialist will cleanse the area before applying a cool gel to your skin. The intense pulsed light device will then be applied to your skin. It’s common for the light pulses to sting the skin, but nothing worse than the feeling of being snapped by a rubber band. The treatment can take 20 to 30 minutes depending on the location, and significant results can be seen after three to six treatments. For IPL laser hair removal, you may require six to 12 treatments.


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