What is Intense Pulse Light Therapy?
Intense Pulse Light therapy (or IPL) is a technology that has many applications. It is a very effective treatment for many dermatological conditions such as acne and sun damage. IPL is also used for therapeutic photorejuvenation.
Pulse light therapy differs from laser by releasing a focused broad spectrum of light wavelengths, compared to a lasers which use a singular focused wavelength. These wavelengths can each target different parts of the skin. This makes Intense Pulse Light therapy very effective at treating sun damage, rosacea, acne scarring and much more.
Why Use IPL?
In just 3 – 5 short sessions spaced about 4 – 6 weeks apart, Intense Pulse Light therapy can give you a more youthful, healthy complexion.
The skin does not stay discoloured or inflamed for very long, allowing makeup to be gently applied directly after the treatment. Occasionally there is slight discoloration on the skin for up to 3 – 7 days after the treatment, but it is usually very light and can be easily covered up if need be.
How does Intense Pulse Light therapy treat sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation and much more?
IPL emits pulses of light at various wavelengths. These wavelengths target the red blood cells in skin blood vessels. The light heats up and destroys the blood vessels in the skin and the body absorbs them, reducing redness, pigment and stimulating a youthful glow.
Does Intense Pulse Therapy Hurt?
Most patients find there to be a very mild discomfort when receiving IPL therapy. However, the first session tends to be the most uncomfortable and as you continue, the sensation gets less and less noticeable. Many patients liken it to having a very small rubber band flicked lightly onto their skin.
The skin can be numbed beforehand if it is found to be especially painful or if treatment is being applied in a sensitive area, however, this is not usually required.
How long does it take for Intense Pulse Light therapy to work?
Intense Pulse Light therapy begins working directly after the treatment. Most patients notice a difference after just one session. A regular treatment usually occurs over 3 – 5 short sessions spaced about 4 – 6 weeks apart.