What is IPL?
Intense Pulse Light (abbreviated IPL) describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths; from 400nm to 1200nm. The technology utilizes specific wavelength ranges to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, skin photoaging treatments and hair removal.
How does IPL work?
Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing it for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the relevant chromophores and damages them (blood chromophores when treating vascular lesions and melanin chromophores when treating pigmented lesions). The body’s natural processes then clear the lesion debris, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.
How will I look after my treatment?
Some patients may leave their appointments with slightly rosy and warm skin. These symptoms pass on their own within a few hours and can easily be concealed with makeup. You can also expect darkening of your sunspots which slough off in 5-7 days, leaving your skin clean and bright.
Clinical Evidence (Treatment of Rosacea)
Pre & Post Instructions:
- Patients are encouraged to pre-treat skin with our HQ kit for 2-4 weeks prior to their first treatment.
- Avoid irritant topical agents (AHA, BHA, Retinol), including our HQ kit, for 3-4 days prior to treatment.
- Avoid tanning/excessive sun exposure for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid applying makeup on the day of treatment.
- If patient has a history of Herpes Simplex, patient will be prescribed oral antiviral medication.
- Mild erythema and skin sensitivity may occur up to 7 days.
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 2-3 weeks.
- Gentle moisturizers and sunblock must be applied daily.
- Avoid using hot showers/baths/saunas/exercise for the first 24 hours following treatment.
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