What is IPL?
IPL laser treatment (Intense Pulsed Light) is another exciting tool for anti-aging treatment. Safe and non-invasive, it can erase sun damage, improve texture and complexion of your skin without disrupting skin surface. With IPL there is no prolonged recovery time, pain or potential significant side effects.
The most remarkable quality of IPL treatment is its versatility. Intense Pulsed Light devices emit many different colors of light, which allows it to address several aging issues in the same session. Only IPL can simultaneously confront sun damage, enlarged pores, broken capillaries and brown spots. For each of these problems different color of light is used. In addition, IPL stimulates collagen renewal.
What does IPL do?
IPL laser treatment is great for those who suffer from early signs of photoaging, such as enlarged pores, freckles, brown spots, broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles. It also enhances the skin texture and complexion and produces smoother and more youthful skin. IPL treatment can be also applied to arms, chest, neck and back areas. In addition, this treatment benefits those who suffer from rosacea.
How is IPL performed?
Typically a cold gel will be applied to the area to be treated. You may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes. IPL handpiece will be held to your skin while pulses of light are applied. The most you may feel is a slight sting.
How long does IPL procedure take and how many treatments are needed?
It takes about 20 minutes and there is no downtime. The number of treatments varies depending on number of issues that need to be addressed, age of the patient and severity of the each condition. Commonly three to six treatments that are typically spaced three to four weeks apart are needed. The results may last for several years.
Who can do IPL?
Physician’s skill plays a big role in effectiveness of IPL treatment. Customizing IPL to the individual needs of every patient is not an easy task. In addition to this, less experienced practitioners sometimes use simpler IPL machines that have fewer choices. Look for an experienced professional who uses a powerful IPL machine. Photoderm, EpiLight, ProLite, Multilight, and EsteLux are some examples of what is considered powerful machines.
Is IPL safe or what are risks of IPL?
IPL laser treatment is suitable for all skin types, but as with most cosmetic treatments there is a light risk of scarring.
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