Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light is used for permanent hair removal and a variety of other skin problems. IPL may also be used to treat pigmentation due to sun damage, acne rosacea, broken blood vessels on the skin (telangiectasia) as well as vascular and pigmented birth marks. IPL works in a similar way to lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target areas.

IPL therapy may also be used as a treatment for wrinkles and lines as a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the deeper layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the superficial layers (epidermis). One major advantage of IPL therapy is it’s minimal downtime; after a treatment the patient can return to almost all activities immediately.

In terms of hair removal, broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin by a hand-held device. The light travels through the skin until it reaches the hair shafts or root where the light is converted to heat energy and the hair shaft are instantly vaporized. The heat radiated by the hair also destroys the hair-producing papilla or the entire hair follicle thus resulting in permanent hair removal.

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