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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-invasive photorejuvenation therapy used to improve skin colour, texture and elasticity.
Photorejuvenation, also known as photofacial, is a technique developed to eliminate brown spots, redness and dilated blood vessels. It is also used to treat acne.
Using broad-spectrum polychromatic light, the IPL sends pulses with a predetermined wavelength and intensity to the treated area (face, neck, décolleté, back, arms and legs). The wavelength, pulse duration and number of pulses vary depending on the treatment goals.
How does it treat brown spots?
Intense Pulsed Light is absorbed into the dermis and directed to the melanin (skin pigment). It specifically targets cells causing the unwanted pigmentation. The pigment in the treated area dries, darkens and rises to the surface of the epidermis, where it forms a scab and then falls off. Fresh new skin appears in its place.
How does it treat redness?
Intense Pulsed Light treats redness by cauterizing dilated blood vessels. This makes them less visible at the surface of the skin, resulting in a more even skin tone. IPL is an effective treatment for rosacea.
How does it treat acne?
Intense Pulsed Light constricts the sebaceous glands to reduce oil production. IPL also reduces the inflammation and redness caused by acne. It’s a great choice for treating acne, especially if the patient cannot or does not want to take antibiotics.