Is there a link between Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) and fat loss?
I heard that in some patients, IPL can cause fat atrophy in facial structures, causing a hollowness of the cheeks. Is this true, and if so, how could this happen?
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Replied on 2/18/2010
By: Rejuve | John Tang, M.D.
No this is not true. IPL is not even strong enough to penetrate through the skin. IPL will not cause any fat atrophy.
Replied on 2/17/2010
By: Celibre Medical Corporation | Laser Dermatology & Injections
In theory, the opposite should happen. IPL treatments cause a thermal injury, which is designed to shock the skin into producing new collagen and elastin, the building blocks for the skin. While the fatty layer is separate and below the dermis (where collagen and elastin reside), we have not heard of nor seen any evidence that associates fat loss with IPL or laser treatments. Finally, the depth of penetration for lasers and IPL treatments is very shallow compared to the fatty layer of the skin. This is another reason why any link seems implausible.
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