What Does IPL Stand For and What Does It Do?

For those not familiar with the terminology, IPL is an acronym for Intense Pulsed Light.

IPL is a technology not dissimilar to laser. But instead of a single wavelength of light (this is how a laser works), IPL makes use of a bright light where filters are used to filter out most of the wavelengths – except for those that are taken up by pigmentation and blood vessels; this is all depending on the filter used.

It is common for lighter skin types to suffer both from blemishes and sun spots due to sun damage over the course of time – and for the most part this is a largely misunderstood problem.

It is important for patients to accept that these unsightly marks and blemishes detract from the beauty of the skin.

Most patients simply ignore these blemishes, covering them up with thick layers of base and foundation, even though they are easily treated using a simple process.

These unsightly spots and marks can be easily removed through the use of either laser or IPL.

What is IPL therapy and how does it work?

  • It should come as no surprise that the usual “go-to “therapy for dermatologists for complete photo-rejuvenation is IPL – Intense Pulsed Light!
  • The light energy penetrates the skin just a little below the surface – this is so that the melanin in the skin (the skin pigmentation) or the blood vessels become damaged; the body’s natural skin repair mechanisms then set about fixing the damaged skin and in its place produces a smoother skin with an improved appearance.
  • This process usually takes in the region of three to six treatments for good results.
  • The treatments are typically spaced out every three or four weeks.
  • This skin treatment represents a breakthrough in age-defying skin care as it successfully treats skin damage in a non-invasive manner; furthermore it does not harm the epidermal layer of the skin.
  • IPL is excellent for the treatment of age spots and small blood vessels such as telangiectasia.
  • IPL addresses the effects of photo-ageing and sun damage, offering low-risk complications.
  • There is no recovery time whatsoever.
  • Some patients could experience a slight darkening of pigmentation before they become lighter.
  • IPL is a FDA-cleared treatment which is technologically patented offering dramatic results for a wide range of conditions that are not cancerous.
  • IPL is perfect for tackling age spots, birthmarks, freckles, and symptoms of rosacea as well as acne scarring, blemishes and in some instances, unwanted hair.
  • The process itself has been described as being “zapped” by a rubber band on the skin.

 Why choose IPL above all other treatments?

  • It is not uncommon for patients who have undergone deep chemical peels and laser resurfacing to go into hiding until the redness subsides.
  • On the other hand, microdermabrasion tackles skin irregularities but is not able to address all skin issues which include redness, flushing and broken veins.
  • Face lifts and other surgical procedures are, on the other hand, a little too invasive especially in those patients that are still young.
  • The above three are not ideal for eradicating certain skin issues, although IPL is the perfect resolution.

Your skin ages with you

As we get older we are simply unable to pretend that our skin does not age. However, there are ways to minimise the ageing process. The secret is to tackle this issue with care and handle it slowly.

The two different kinds of aging include intrinsic and extrinsic:

Extrinsic ageing is the ageing process whereby individuals are exposed to the elements and the environment.

This determines how we age biologically and differently through exposure to sunlight.

Photo-aging is caused when the collagen and elastin break down and cannot be replaced resulting in fine lines and wrinkles making an appearance.

Other signs of ageing are the presence of tiny veins which are known as spider veins.

Intrinsic ageing happens naturally through the process of time. Our skin becomes thinner with age plus there is less collagen in the skin which then becomes less supple.

Instead of the skin bouncing back, these areas begin to sag.

Always use sunscreen during winter and summer and if you do have blemishes and sun spots, IPL is a brilliant method of removing unsightly spots and blemishes permanently.


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