IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It’s a type of light therapy used to treat wrinkles, spots, and unwanted hair.
IPL is a perfect treatment to work on complexion imperfections such as pigmentation spots caused by ageing or extended sunlight exposure, and reduce the appearance of certain vascular problems such as couperosis and rosacea.
Photo rejuvenation is a non – invasive treatment to help diminish those imperfections as well as improve the appearance or wrinkles, fine lines and reverse the effects of ageing. One of the main advantages of pulsed light is its ability to reach various depths beneath the epidermis, allowing the technology to be used for different purposes depending on the condition being treated. A cut-off filter inserted into the device’s universal applicator establishes the wavelength at which light reaches the different layers of skin where it delivers its therapeutic benefits. Delivered by a series of pulses, the emitted light seeks out colour contrasts beneath the skin to dry out and eliminate tiny blood vessels and visible brown or red spots.
The results are visible and will appear gradually, as well as a temporary darkening of spots. Increased redness and slight desquamation following the treatment is a normal reaction. There is no downtime. Photo rejuvenation is an effective and recognized treatment that promotes a unified complexion and restores skin’s youthful appearance.
Other benefits of IPL Photo-rejuvenation include:
- tighten pores
- reduce the severity of acne
- reduce the appearance of or eliminate sun spots and freckles
- lessen hyperpigmentation
- treat skin flushing and skin redness
- Reduce the appearance of scars (acne, chickenpox, etc.)
- reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- reverse sun damage
- treat vascular lesions (broken capillaries, blood vessels, telangiectasia, rosacea)
- improve facial contour
- tighten skin
- boost collagen and elastin production
IPL Laser hair removal: is similar to a laser treatment. However, a laser focuses just one wavelength of light at your skin, while IPL releases light of many different wavelengths, like a photo flash.
The light from IPL is more scattered and less focused than a laser. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of the skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it causes less damage to the skin.
Pigment cells in the skin absorb the light energy, which is converted into heat. The heat destroys the unwanted pigment to clear up freckles and other spots. Or, it destroys the hair follicle to prevent the hair from growing again.
IPL can be used anywhere on the body, but it may not work as well on uneven areas. It isn’t recommended for people who tend to get thick, raised keloid scars or who have darker skin tones. It’s also not as effective on light-colored hair as it is on darker hair.