Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – Capturing the Energy of Light!
Light has been a source of power for as long as the Earth has existed. In fact, we couldn’t live without the energy of light. In recent years, light has come to be seen as unhealthy or even dangerous. It is true that some types of light can be destructive, such as prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun. However, when manipulated and controlled, light can actually be healing.
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a newest, latest laser technology used to provide a variety of aesthetic and therapeutic treatments. IPL uses high-intensity light source which emits polychromatic light. Because this flashlamp works with non-coherent light in a broad wavelength spectrum of 400-1400nm., it allows in selecting individual treatment parameters & adapting to different indications and skin types. Also, IPL utilizes filters which have the ability to regulate the light spectrum to better target various skin problems with minimal discomfort and less downtime.
Currently, IPL is used to treat various conditions and the range of applications is likely to expand in the years to come. Initially developed as a hair removal tool, IPL is now used to treat brown or age spots, facial spider veins, rosacea, abnormal skin pigmentation, acne, red, blotchy skin, fine wrinkles (by stimulating collagen synthesis), lax skin, pigmented scars (pox or mild acne scars), scaly patches, and more. Also, IPL helps to improve uneven skin texture or tighten pores.
How does IPL work?
IPL uses light energy which is converted into heat or thermal energy. This thermal energy is directed to specific targets on top of, or inside the skin. IPL can use broad targets, to stimulate blood circulation and create collagen, or can precisely target chromophores, regions of the skin of varying colours. This versatility is why IPL is so effective.
How many treatments might I need and how fast will I see results?
The duration and amount of treatments needed would, of course, depend on the type and severity of the condition being treated. On average, 4 to 6 treatments are carried out, usually once every 2 to 4 weeks. Maintenance treatment recommended every 3-12 months. The average treatment session takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Again, how fast you will see results will depend on the condition. However, some change is often present after only 1 session with more dramatic results occurring with additional treatments.
What are the side effects? Is IPL treatment painful?
One of the benefits of IPL is that it is non-invasive method of treatment, so it involves no downtime and, as a result, the side effects are minimal. Usually, there may be a little redness and swelling which can be treated by simply applying ice, as well, a gentle concealer and natural mineral cosmetics can be used soon after to hide any residual redness. However, depend on the sensitivity of your skin and the severity of the problem being treated, mild blistering or bruising of the treated areas lasting from several hours to 3-14 days could happen. Generally speaking, IPL is not painful because of Integrated Cooling (PCC) System for patient comfort. Sometimes you could feel like an elastic band snapping against the skin or mild tingling sensation which is treated simply by using a soothing cream.
How to prepare the skin for IPL photorejuvenation treatment?
Do NOT tan or use self-tans or solariums during four weeks. Do NOT use skin resurfacing products (Retin A, Glycolic Peels) during 14 days prior to treatment. Remove perfumes & makeup before treatment. Even most people have no downtime after IPL, try not plan any major events for 2 to 3 days after your fist IPL treatment.
Precautions for the first days after your IPL treatment:
After IPL treatment is important to avoid the excessive heat for 12 hours (saunas, hot shower), the sun for several days (especially for the next 48 hours to minimize the risk of getting increased pigmentation in the skin), keep the area moist and wear SPF of 30 full spectrum (provides optimal protection if doing rejuvenation procedures). Also, avoid any aggressive skin care products such as scrubs, exfoliants, alpha or beta hydroxy acid products.
Who is a good and not a good candidate for IPL photorejuvenation / photofacial?
IPL designs for all skin types (Fitzpatrick I-VI ). However, people with white, not tanned skin are the best candidates. People with naturally dark skin type or deeply tanned skin sometimes experience complication, so they should discuss such issues with our medical experienced skin care specialist.
Who should NOT have IPL photofacial treatments?
Pregnant women should avoid IPL treatment until after they give birth; breast feeding; people, who have sensitivity or allergy to light; people who take contraindicated medications (steroids, hormone replacement therapy) or have contraindicated diseases (lupus, cancer, diabetes); people who have a tendency to form keloids scars or develop increased or decreased skin pigmentation when healing. Also, people who are taking Accutane should avoid IPL photofacial until at least six month after they stop using the medication.
What kind of IPL technology do you use?
At Avora Skin Spa & Medical we use the latest generation IPL – AngeLite made in Canada by Silhouet-Tone, a leader in the Aesthetic market. AngeLite SDC is Medical grade Intense Pulsed Light System ( IPL). The AngeLite is Health Canada, FDA, TÜV and CE certified.
Angelite’s new cutting edge technology, VSPC (Variable Synchronized Pulse Control), enables more effective and safe clinical results. FDA-Approved for permanent hair reduction, less pain and discomfort compared to other treatment methods, large surface areas can be quickly treated, minimized chance of scarring or pigmentation changes, fast and convenient treatments.
How can I learn more about IPL?
To learn more about this innovative treatment and how it can benefit you please make an appointment to see our medical esthetician. This way we can show you our facility, equipment and answer any questions you have in person. A consultation with our professionals is free and does not come with any obligations, so don’t hesitate.
Please call 778-285-1012 or email to make an appointment.