What’s the difference between standard microdermabrasion and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments? Quite a lot, actually. Before you spend even one dollar on either skin treatment, you need to be well-armed with the basic facts about each type of therapy. Standard microdermabrasion is probably more popular than IPL, but IPL is quickly making more and more inroads with people who are beginning to see its benefits and convenience.
The Technological Differences Are Significant
The technology behind standard microdermabrasion is a lot simpler than IPL. Microdermabrasion utilizes small crystals and suction power to begin to peel your skin off, while IPL relies on a far more sophisticated technology. IPL uses something called optical prisms and a xenon flash lamp to efficiently vaporize damaged cells deep within your skin without hurting any surrounding tissue or your skin’s top layer. Microdermabrasion just works on the skin’s surface, but IPL is capable of penetrating your skin at different levels.
Both Have Vastly Different Price Points
If you are on a budget, then microdermabrasion is for you. A full schedule of microdermabrasion, which can include as many as 9 abrasions and then 4 maintenance follow-ups, can cost you approximately $1600. IPL is the pricier option because just one IPL session can cost you between $300 and $500 in total. Overall, you’ll require probably between 3 and 5 sessions, which can easily elevate the cost to more than $2000 by the end of your procedure.
How Long Does It Take for Each to Work?
Microdermabrasion takes longer to work, (that is, so that you see visible results on your skin), than IPL treatments. Typically, it can take as many as 12 microdermabrasion sessions before you see improvements with regard to things like age spots, lines, acne scars, blackheads and blotchy skin. By contrast, IPL works much quicker and more dramatically. Just one IPL session is normally sufficient to produce marked improvements with things like varicose veins, broken capillaries, birthmarks, freckles and stretch marks. It can even remove tattoos!
How Does Each One Work Specifically?
Microdermabrasion keeps things simple: it involves a handheld device that shoots small crystals onto your skin’s surface to take away the top 5 to 10 microns of skin cells while stimulating the production of collagen. On the other hand, IPL therapy is more complex. It uses a computer-guided lamp that shoots light pulses in varying degrees. They penetrate your skin at specific depths and for certain periods of time. When this light comes into contact with the cells you want gone, it becomes heat energy that’s powerful enough to damage or completely kill these unwanted skin cells.
Now that you know a lot more about microdermabrasion and IPL, you can make an educated choice with regard to your skin. Microdermabrasion is definitely the treatment that’s been around longer, but it’s less effective and slower in getting desired results than IPL. IPL, on the other hand, is newer and more efficient in working on your skin, but it comes with a higher price tag.