Intensive Pulsed Light: One device to treat several skin conditions

What is IPL?

Intensive Pulsed Light is a type of skin resurfacing treatment using an intense light source, directing a broad-spectrum high-intensity pulsed light on the skin, and targeting for destruction, specific colored cells absorbing the turning-to-infrared electromagnetic wavelength sent to them.

Contrary to Lasers, IPL operates on a wider range of wavelengths (instead of a very specific wavelength for laser) and thus, one IPL machine can treat several conditions, with the help of photo filters to remove unnecessary wavelengths and by keeping those required for a specific targeting task.

Uses and procedures

The flexibility of use is guaranteed by the ability to provide a wide range of wavelengths interacting with the skin. A wide range of skin issues is effectively treated such as:

  1. hair removal
  2. aging skin
  3. active acne
  4. vascular diseases
  5. pigmented lesions

What to expect?

The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward.

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 injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome.