Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)

Subject: Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

What? IPL is also known as intense pulsed light is a popular skincare treatment. IPL therapy targets the lower layers of skin dermis. IPL utilizes short bursts of light to penetrate the skin’s surface. These bursts are only nanoseconds in duration. An accurate diagnosis is a key component of this type of treatment. This type of laser uses multiple types if wavelengths thus it can be used for many different treatments.

Why? History IPL is also known as intense pulsed light is a popular treatment known for its ability to treat vascular conditions like broken capillaries. It is used for treatment of hair removal and sun damage. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve certain skin problems.

How does it relate to the skin? IPL uses short blasts of a polychromatic high-intensity light to penetrate below the skin’s surface. It is a technology used by cosmetic and medical people to perform various skin treatments for esthetic and therapeutic reasons. IPL is a laser treatment that targets the lower layers of the dermis. It is used to treat sun damage, telangiectasia, rosacea, and hair reduction. The laser targets chromophores, the part of a molecule responsible for the visible color seen by the naked eye. IPL therapy targets the lower layers of skin dermis without affecting the top layers of skin epidermis. It can be painful for the client.

Where does it typically occur? Some spas offer IPL, medical spas, plastic surgeons or dermatologist offices. Some types of skin, especially darker skin tones use special equipment. It is also used in ophthalmology. The sensation feels like a pinch or the snap of a rubber band on the skin.

When? (Implications): It is useful in treating vascular conditions such as broken capillaries and also hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. IPL also stimulates the cells that produce collagen. IPL uses light to heat and destroy the targets areas. IPL may also be used for mild acne scaring. IPL is effective for the treatment of broken capillaries and hyperpigmentation (due to sun damage, not hormones). The light pulses also stimulate collagen production.

Who benefits from this? The candidate for IPL is someone with light skin who has sun damage, broken capillaries, and other conditions. IPL is also used to help diseases such as acne. Someone who has facial lines, wrinkles, and age spots can be helped. The best results are for those with fair skin as the laser targets the contrasting damage. One of the complications of treating those with darker skin is the possibility of hyperpigmentation as a result of treatment.

What causes this? IPL use intense blasts of light and heat depending on the treatment, skin type, skin conditions, and pain tolerance. This technology uses a hand held computer device to deliver an intense pulse of light. Most IPL machines use filters to change energy output for the treatments.

How? A thing to look for in an IPL treatment is that the person performing it has completed a health intake form and goes over client concerns before any treatment. The light energy penetrates just below the skins surface, damaging either the melanin or blood vessels. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime.

How? Solution (Machines/Mechanical) IPL uses short blasts of a polychromatic high-intensity light to penetrate below the skin’s surface.

How? Solutions (Non Mechanical) depilatories for hair removal can be used for hair removal

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