Looking youthful and the improvement of one’s physical appearance has been, and always will be, an area of great interest to people all around the world. Recent advances in cosmetics and dermatology have brought some exciting technologies to the table, ones that not only are more effective but also less invasive and require less down time. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light is one of these options. Let’s take a look at what IPL is, how it works, and what it can do for you.
What is IPL?
IPL is a technology that employs different wavelengths of light to treat a variety of cosmetic procedures, from hair removal to scar reduction. IPL differs from laser treatments in that it uses non-coherent light as opposed to laser treatments, a treatment that uses coherent light. Laser treatments typically use one focused wavelength of light at a time, whereas IPL uses a range of spectrums depending on the condition being treated. Typically delivered through a handheld wand, IPL is relatively non-invasive, allowing patients to return to normal activity usually within the same day.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL delivers light, which penetrates problem areas of skin. The depth of penetration is dependent on the wavelength chosen by the administrator. Using hair removal as an example, light from IPLwill penetrate the surface layer of a patient’s skin and dissolve the base of hair follicles, also known as the bulb. Since the bulb usually has a higher concentration of melanin, which IPL is drawn to, that is where the light will turn into heat energy, subsequently destroying the hair from its base.
What Can IPL Be Used For?
Using the same method of light penetration described previously, IPL can be used to treat a variety of symptoms other than hair removal. The dissolving of melanin at different levels of skin can be particularly useful for the reduction or complete removal of unwanted pigmentation. Discoloration resulting from conditions such as scars, lesions, birthmarks, broken capillaries, or freckles can all be treated through IPL. Unsightly leg veins can also be reduced at a different wavelength of IPL. Veins are heated and the temperature within them is raised until they collapse and are virtually invisible. Another perk of IPL is the excellent efficacy against pigmentation over relatively large areas of skin and its ability to remove tattoos. When the correct wavelength is selected, tattoo pigment particles will absorb IPL heat energy and shatter into fragments naturally absorbable by the body.
One of the main reasons why IPL is often recommended as an alternative to traditional laser treatments is because it is a relatively gentle and non-invasive treatment. If administered by a trained technician, IPL can be tuned to just the right wavelength so as to only target the condition being treated and nothing else. With a wide variety of applications, virtually no recovery period, and a painless delivery system, it is no mystery why IPL is fast becoming one of the most popular methods of skin rejuvenation in the world.
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