What is IPL?
IPL treatment, or intense pulse light, is a technology similar to laser. Instead of a single wavelength of light as with a laser.
How does it work?
IPL uses many different colours that scatter around in many different directions, and will targeting pigment and blood vessels. The light energy penetrates just below the skin’s surface, allowing the pigment or vessel to absorb the light and cause either coagulation of a vessel or change the proteins in your pigment. The body will naturally recognise them as a toxin, the body’s natural skin repair mechanisms then remove the damaged tissue and produce a smoother skin appearance. It will usually take 3-6 treatments to see a significant result and treatments can be spaced out every 3-4 weeks. IPL is good for pigment (age spots) and small blood vessels (such as telangiectasia’s).
Benefits of IPL treatment
The advantage to IPL is that downtime is usually very minimal. Patients may experience slight darkening of pigment before they lighten which can last up to 10 days . The procedure itself is usually described as feeling like a rubber band being popped on the skin.
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