Intense pulsed light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform treatments that are a non-invasive and non-ablative. Various skin treatments can be performed, including hair reduction, photo rejuvenation (e.g. the treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins) as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases such as acne.
The intense pulse light emits wavelengths that are absorbed by vascular and pigmented lesions in multiple levels of the skin. When the broadband light is absorbed by melanin (brown spots) and haemoglobin (veins/red spots), the lesions are gently heated and destroyed. This also helps s to stimulate collagen production in the skin. IPL is a safe and effective solution to skin aging by restoring a youthful appearance. The procedure can be performed on all areas of the body from small areas i.e. Chin, Upper lip, Sideburns, Forehead, Toes and Nipples to medium areas like Under arms, Bikini Line, Neck, Stomach and half arms to large areas Full arm, Upper or lower back, Chest, Shoulders, Upper or lower leg, Full bikini and Buttocks.
The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a treatment can often be performed during a lunch break with the ability to return to work immediately afterwards.
How does it work?
IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targeting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).
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 results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation
Treatment time: 45mins
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation is the most modern form of light-based skin therapy. By using safe and effective Square Intense Pulsed Light, in a small area of the skin, particular skin issues can be targeted and corrected.
The technology works by utilising Square Intense Pulsed Light, is absorbed into particular targeted cells and causes trauma to the area. This trauma promotes a wound-healing response in the skin, without a major tissue build-up. Effectively, the skin begins to rapidly produce new skin cells, which replace old, damaged or disfigured patches of skin. IPL is more effective than other skin rejuvenation technologies because of the high frequency and intensity of the light employed. The skin in between the target areas is left untouched, which promotes far more rapid healing and faster improvement.
IPL Hair Reduction
Treatment time: 15-30 mins
IPL (Intense pulsed light) uses a band of multiple frequencies of light energy to destroy body hair; it is NOT a traditional laser therapy, but a much safer, quicker, more reliable and less intrusive therapy. The machine omits light pulses which work by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle with quick pulses of light. This light energy converts to heat within the follicle. When sufficient heat has built up the follicle will break down and be unable to produce a new hair. IPL is most effective in the ‘anagen’ phase of hair growth. Approximately 30% of hairs are in this stage of growth at any one time therefore, to achieve the most semi-permanent results a course of treatments is required.