Everything You Need To Know About IPL
What is IPL?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and it is a form of light therapy, used for various dermatological procedures including hair removal.
To achieve long lasting hair removal, it is necessary to destroy the hair follicle from which individual hairs grow. Controlled pulses of light penetrate the epidermis and are absorbed by melanin in the hair contained in the follicle.
IPL has multiple wavelengths (all between 500 and 1,200 nanometres) that scatter within the skin. As with all light based treatments, IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets pigment. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, which quickly turns to heat and then kills the growing cells that make the hair follicle.
Intense pulsed light treatments are only effective when targeting hair that is in the anagen phase (also known as the active growth stage). Because of this, treatments usually need to be spaced out every four to six weeks, with an average of six treatments for best results. Also, it is important to note that IPL devices do not guarantee permanent hair removal, instead it is focused on hair reduction because there is a possibility that some hair may grow back at some point (this can be quickly solved with top up treatments).
IPL is constantly advancing with the latest equipment offering treatments for various skin tones, including dark tones. The 8 different Selective Waveband Technology applicators along with the Nd:YAG are approved for 17 intended uses and offer fast and effective treatments.
The new treatments using the new and improved IPL equipment includes:
Vascular lesions – remove vascular lesions such as telangiectasias, hemangiomas and Port Wine Stains.
Pigmented lesions – remove benign epidermal pigmented lesions quickly and gently.
Photo rejuvenation – remove age spots, diffuse redness and uneven pigmentation on the face and body.
Acne vulgaris – obtain a clearer complexion without the use of antibiotics.
Leg veins using Nd:YAG – clear leg veins and other difficult vascular lesions such as facial telangiectasias, reticular vessels, resistant port wine stains and venous lakes effectively.
Onychomycosis toe nail using Nd:YAG – treat onychomycosis (nail fungus) quickly and effectively, without pain and without the side effects of drugs.
Warts using Nd:YAG – treat resistant warts quickly effectively with an intense beam of infrared light.
*** Don’t forget we currently have our special offer for the month of October focusing on IPL Hair Removal Treatments – Buy one course and receive the second (cheapest) one half price!