What Is IPL Therapy?

IPL—or, intense pulsed light—devices use light, not lasers, for skin therapy. These devices emit light of various wavelengths that penetrate to the dermis layer of the skin. Pigment cells that are responsible for irregular pigmentation absorb the light energy. Thereby significantly reducing unwanted pigmentation on the skin’s surface.

The best part of an IPL device is its portability. No matter where his office may be, a doctor can always ensure that you get the treatment you need. This device can go further by providing a number of treatments once thought impossible.

Photofacial Treatment

—Freckles

Freckles are the result of over-production of melanin resulting from stimulation by the sun in the skin. Melanin is a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals. It is responsible for tanning of skin exposed to sunlight. Since IPL treatments break down melanin, it can eliminate unwanted freckles.

—Age Spots and Sun Damage

Age spots—also called liver spots and solar lentigines—are small dark areas on your skin. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms—areas most exposed to the sun. Age spots are very common in adults older than 50.  IPL treatments can reverse the signs of aging by using heat from the light emitted to destroy the pigment that causes sun damage and age spots.

—Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by redness of the face. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly begin to spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can appear red. Rosacea can cause more than redness.  However, the light emitted by IPL therapy heats blood vessels and capillaries under the skin that cause the skin to flush red. The heat destroys these vessels thereby decreasing the redness.

Hair Removal Treatment

Human hair grows nearly everywhere on the body except in a few areas. The hair can be fine and almost invisible, or very coarse and dark. Depending on personal preference and social norms, women and men around the world opt to remove hair from certain body areas as a part of their beauty routine.  With so many treatment options available, weighing the pros and cons of each treatment can become time-consuming.

However, the IPL device targets the pigment in human hair. The heat from the light damages the hair follicle and, as a result, this inhibits hair growth. IPL laser hair removal is safe for a variety of skin types and tones. Effectively making it a hair removal option for every man and woman. What’s more, the IPL  device can effectively eliminate hair on the face, back, underarms, and a number of other areas. Really, a device like no other!

Are There Side Effects?

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Some report discomfort during an IPL treatment. The most common side effects after treatment include mild swelling or redness. Other side effects can include bruising, blistering, or even changes in skin coloration. Speak to your doctor before a procedure to determine if any medical issues disqualify you from treatment.

Am I A Good Candidate?

If discolored skin concerns you, be sure to see your doctor before swimsuit seasons dawns. If you’d like to remove unwanted hair, ask your doctor for more information about the IPL devices’ portability aflexibilitylty. A consultation is always the best way to determine whether or not treatment is right for you.