This article examines Intense Pulse Light treatment, frequently abbreviated as IPL, a relatively new treatment to help with various skin conditions. This article will help you understand what IPL is and if the treatment could be beneficial to your skin.
So what is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?
The treatment is sometimes referred to as photorejuvenation because it delivers light and heat to the deep layers of the skin while leaving the top layers untouched. The light and heat acts on the skin cells in a number of ways which can help repair the appearance of your skin.
The IPL technology supplies a broad spectrum of light that reaches deep down to the collagen level of the skin to produce remarkable results. The therapeutic light energy is transformed to heat energy. That means that damaged tissue can be targeted by the heat of the intense pulse light and previously damaged skin cells can be broken apart. Once broken apart the skin cells are absorbed by the surrounding tissue and the appearance of the surface skin is greatly improved.
When you go in for an intense pulse light treatment, firstly a protective gel is applied to the area of skin that is going to be treated. The IPL device is placed on your skin and the light begins to pulse as the treatment is applied. You might feel a tiny sting during the treatment, but many people report that they don’t even notice any kind of feeling during the procedure. After the treatment some people find their face will be flushed, but after a couple of days the skin calms down. People usually have multiple IPL treatments until they receive the results they are after. Treatments vary in length of between 25 minutes and 45 minutes depending on where you go and the extent of your treatment.
So what skin conditions can intense pulse light treat? IPL can be used to fix a large number of skin conditions and more uses are being discovered every year. Firstly, it can be very effective at treating sun damaged skin. After years of exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun, most people suffer some damage to the collagen in their skin. That results in poor complexion, mottled pigmentation, sun spots and freckles on the skin. IPL is fantastic at removing this kind of sun damage, so if you were over exposed to the sun previously, IPL is a great solution for repairing some of that damage.
IPL can also be used on other kinds of marks on the skin, like stubborn red and brown spots which most people have as they age. It generally works well at evening out your overall complexion, so if you have splotches of pigmentation or old acne scares that won’t go away it will work very well on those. IPL can also be very effective at addressing broken veins and capilliaries on the face.
Finally, IPL is a fantastic treatment for the skin condition rosacea. Rosacea causes a red flushing of the face which is caused by dilation of the blood vessels. Rosacea can also cause unsightly pustules on the skin which have the same appearance as rosacea and can eventually cause scarring and numerous broken veins and capillaries on the face. IPL can address all of the issues around rosacea, making it an essential solution for rosacea sufferers.
Because the IPL treatment is fairly quick, it’s perfect for people who want to quickly address issues with their skin, be it from aging, over exposure to the sun or a skin ailment like rosacea.