Cosmetic and Health Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a non-invasive cosmetic methodology for rejuvenating your photo damaged or aging skin. It is also known as Photo Rejuvenation or Intense Pulse Light Therapy. It involves the use of light with various wavelengths in pulses to reduce the scars, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines from your skin. It can be used for removing the pigmentation, spider veins or other skin irregularities. Apart from these, it can also be used for the hair removal purpose.

Treated Vascular Lesions

Vascular lesions, like spider veins, varicose veins, thread veins or other vascular birth marks, can be effectively eliminated with this therapy. By adjusting the wavelength of the light, hemoglobin pigment in the blood can be targeted. When these pigments are targeted by the light’s heat energy, they get destroyed in that area and thus get eliminated from the skin. All these can be done without damaging the epidermis.

Repaired Visible Spots

This therapy totally eradicates sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, acne scars, large pores and other irregularities. It is also effective in eliminating the redness of Rosacea and other such skin related problems.

Collagen Stimulation

As you age, there is a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin fibers in your skin. As a result, your skin can look saggy and droopy with numerous wrinkles. When deeper layers are treated, they actually get slightly injured. This injury stimulates the production of collagen. Due to this stimulation, the texture of your skin improves and it becomes more firm and tight.

Hair Removal

IPL can be used to emit certain wavelengths of light, which damages the hair follicle while the outer skin is left untouched. Due to this follicular damage, hair gets destroyed and sloughs off. This hair removal can be permanent if it is done during the phase of follicular growth.

Other Cosmetic Benefits

Any area of your body can be treated effectively through this method. Face, neck, hands, arms, chest, legs or any other area can be treated with virtually no down time. It does not affect the outermost layer, the epidermis, of your skin and hence you do not have to worry about visible marks or side effects after this procedure. Although common, mild pinkness of the treated area is not much noticeable.

Significant improvement of the treated area can be noticed immediately after the treatment in this quick and comparatively safe therapy. However, for severe conditions of photo-damages or pigmentation, repeated sessions of this therapy may have to be done at an interval of 3 to 5 weeks. Since these IPL systems come with a computer control for adjusting the wavelength of the light rays, it can be used safely for people with various skin types and skin tones.

Word of Caution

It is advisable to have this therapy only at a clinic of a certified professional because if the wavelengths of the light pulses are not closely monitored, then the skin may get damaged. Consult with the cosmetologist about your medical history and pre-existing skin conditions before you decide to take this treatment.

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