How does it work?
IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis).
The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.
What to expect in your consultation?
Prior to the procedure your specialist practitioner will explain the process to you and clearly define your expectations of the treatment. They should be able to tell you whether or not the results you are looking for will be achievable using this method. It is important that the correct diagnosis has been made by your doctor prior to treatment.
Preparing for your IPL Session:
• Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
• A topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
• Cold gel is applied to the area being treated. IPL devices often have integrated cooling systems.
• The smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated.
• Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes. A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-6 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
• Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minor and include:
• Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)
• Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure.
• Sensation of a mild sunburn (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last a few days after treatment.
• Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur.
• Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin. White patches or scars are rarely permanent.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the following skin problems:
• Sun Damage
• Small lines and wrinkles
• Texture and tone of skin
The procedure of rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photorejuvenation and requires a series of IPL treatments.