Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
The Science of Rejuvenation
Each of us is unique and, barring identical twins, no two persons have exactly the same skin color or composition of vital tissue nutrients. Where laser treatments may work extremely well for one person, another will respond better to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). At MagnifaSkin our trained clinicians will assess your skin type and make a recommendation based upon that and the treatment you require to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment.
How IPL Works
Most commonly used for hair removal and pigmentation correction on conditions such as freckles and spider veins, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an alternative to laser treatments. One is not better than the other, but depending upon your skin type and the condition being treated, we may recommend IPL over laser treatments. Both methods transfer light energy to the treatment areas. This light is absorbed and converted in to heat, which causes carefully calculated damage to the cells being treated. The body then repairs or replaces these cells with healthy, new tissue, or in the case of hair removal, the follicle is destroyed.
Where lasers deliver only one wavelength, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths. Where lasers, are, well, lasers, IPL is more like a photo flash in terms of light spectrum. This light is scattered and less focused than laser light, which for some types of treatments is desirable and may result in less damage to the top layers of skin. IPL can work especially well for pigmented areas such as freckles, sun and age spots and for hair removal for persons who have thick, dark hair.
IPL has many uses, and can be used to treat many of the same conditions as lasers. Skin that has been damaged by exposure to the elements can be restored with IPL treatments, which makes IPL an excellent post summer regimen. Come in and see one of our clinicians for a free assessment to find out which type of treatment will be best for you.