IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light – a range of light wavelength is produced which is absorbed by the melanin (pigment in skin and hair) or haemaglobin (pigment is blood) – the light is converted to heat which damages the target cells producing a cosmetic effect without disrupting the skin surface. IPL is different to laser in that lasers produce a single beam of light, going in one direction and IPL produces a band of light of different wavelengths which appears as an orange/red flash when applied to the skin – like a camera flash.
Frequently Asked Questions for IPL TREATMENTS
What conditions can be treated with IPL?
IPL photorejuventaion treatments produce smoother, even-toned, more youthful looking skin. It is safe and non-invasive with minimal to no downtime.
Conditions that can be treated using an IPL include:
- Vascular changes – red blood vessels and facial spider veins
- Redness from rosacea
- Skin discolouration and mottled pigmentation
- Sun damage and photo aging
- Brown spots such as freckles and lentigos
- Hair removal
What aras can be treated with IPL?
IPL can be used to treat the entire face, neck, chest, back, arms, hands and feet.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically 4-6 treatments are done over a 2-4 month period of time spaced 2-3 weeks apart. Maintenance treatment is suggested annually – especially after the summer months, when skin damage has accumulated.
How is the treatment done?
A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated and the surface of the IPL handpiece is applied. The IPL handpiece we use has a built in cooling mechanism that reduces any discomfort that may otherwise be experienced. A pulse of light is then fired which may produce a slight sting. A topical anaesthetic may also be applied. Treatment usually lasts about 20 min.
Can I combine this with other treatments?
IPL can be combined with the following to produce excellent results:
Neurotoxins – such as disport, botox and xeomin
Dermal fillers such as Revanesse or Restylane
Chemical skin peels which can be done before the IP treatments
NdYag laser which is able to treat the deeper brown spots and pigment
Contra-indications to IPL treatment
Recent sunburn or intense sun exposure in the month prior to treatment
Active, open skin wounds/infection
Herpes I or II I the treatment area
Photo sensitizing information
History of epilepsy
Patients with very dark skin tone
IPL TREATMENTS Before & After Photos
Models may not be actual patients of Abby Medical Laser Centre