Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a kind of high-intensity source of broadband coherent light These properties allow IPL to have wide applications for ablative resurfacing therapy, which is based on the theory of selective absorption of human skin tissue and photo thermolysis light sources. Meanwhile, IPL photorejuvenation technology is more efficient and offers patients less downtime than conventional therapies for aged and photodamaged skin.
IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with color (chromophores) in the skin. having a wavelength range of 500 nm- to 1200 nm. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes a specific result to the target area. IPL systems are different from lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colors) in each light pulse instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain 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 advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – patients can often have the procedure done on their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward.
IPL uses special filters that block unwanted wavelengths. The filters can be changed to “cut off” the shorter wavelengths. The appropriate filter will depend on the depth of the intended target
For the treatment of unwanted hair.
Light pulses targeted at the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out and prevent further growth. Generally ineffective for light-colored hair.
May be used for hair in any location including underarms, bikini line, face, neck, back, chest, and legs.
For the treatment of spider and thread veins, and some vascular birthmarks.
Light pulses targeted the red pigment (hemoglobin) in the blood which heats and destroys the pigment without affecting the 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 (poikiloderma of Civatte).
Light pulses target at the melanin in the skin’s surface which heats and destroys melanin to remove the discoloration
Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes. A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-6 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.
Note: The operator, Doctor, or esthetician has to have a license and specific IPL training from an accredited source, which is not the responsibility of the company that sold them the machine.
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