Today, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL), previously named ‘Intense Pulse Light Therapy,’ is a popular choice for many individuals considering hair removal and photo rejuvenation treatment. This laser skin treatment process is performed using a wand of light that is specifically enhanced to allow energy with just the precise controlled amount. This form of treatment helps to correct flaws of the skin, while giving the skin a healthy glow and more youthful appearance.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is frequently used for the purpose of treating rosacea and redness of the skin, acne, age spots, sun-damaged skin, birth marks, broken capillaries, fine wrinkles, stretch marks, spider veins, tattoos and freckles. The following are 5 good reasons to choose Intense Pulsed Light Therapy:
1. Less Downtime
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy uses several wavelengths for each pulse of light, resulting in a lower all-at-once energy process. Most of the other types of laser treatments do single intense procedures. For this reason, there is only minimal downtime. Because this treatment can be done rather quickly with fewer side effects, usually in 30 to 40 minutes, most individuals go to work immediately after the procedure. Instead, this method of treatment functions to improve the lower layers of the skin (dermis) and leaves the upper layers of the skin (epidermis) in tact.
2. Great for Hair Removal
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is great for the removal of unwanted hair. For this process, 6 to 12 treatment sessions are usually necessary depending on the amount of area of hair to be removed, and the thickness of the hair. Men tend to experience more pain than women, as men's hair is normally thicker.
This therapy treatment is extremely effective, but non-invasive. One session of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is equivalent to many microdermabrasion treatments. The many wavelengths instead of the one intense session is the reason why it is less invasive.
4. Usually Painless with Fewer Side Effects
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is usually painless. It may, however, include slight stinging like the snapping of an elastic when it is performed. Other side effects could occur such as skin tightening, slight bleeding, swelling, and rarely minimal bruising, blistering and scabbing. If these symptoms are experienced, they will usually only last a few hours. Sometimes, these side effects may last a few days to one or two weeks, diminishing not long after. If the doctor performs a patch test in advance, it could minimize risks and side effects.
It is important to choose a highly qualified doctor to perform Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. If this procedure is not done properly, the skin could become irritated and burned. Small white pimples may indicate burn injuries with the need for medical attention from a physician. Also, certain medical conditions, such as infections from open wounds or complications of cold sores from a herpes complex, may cause complications.
5. Treats Rosacea Successfully
This type of procedure is known to treat rosacea and redness of the skin successfully. This method of treatment for this particular skin condition normally is successful with only one or two Intense Pulsed Light Therapy sessions.