Intense Pulse Light Treatment (IPL)
What is IPL - Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?
IPL is a non invasive medical technology that uses light therapy for permanent hair reduction eliminating age spots, sun spots, freckles and other unsightly discolorations of the skin, superficial capillaries, port wine stains and other benign vascular lesions. It is also particularly effective for a high percentage of people with rosacea.
How does IPL Work?
The treatment is applied by placing a hand held treatment unit on your skin. This generates an intense pulse of light into the skin which is absorbed by elements with colour in the skin. The Ipl also eliminates hair, employing a method known as selective photothermolyss. This involves disabling hair growth mechanisms by raising the temperature of the hair follicle high enough to damage the follicles germinative cells without damaging the skin surrounding the surface.
The chromophores include melanin - brown (in pigmented areas) and haemosiderin - red (in blood vessels). Once the photons from the light hit the Chromophore it turns to heat energy, destroying these abnormal areas, but leaving the healthy skin unscathed.
Does it Hurt?
You may feel a slight pinch such as that of a snap of a rubber band, but no local anaesthesia or pain medication is required.
With hair removal, the level of pain reduces with each treatment as there is less hair to treat.
With pigmentation treatments, again the level of pain reduces with each treatment as the amount of pigment is reduced.