IPL Before & After

How does IPL work?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (abbreviated IPL) describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths; from 400nm to 1200nm. The technology utilizes specific wavelength ranges to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, skin photoaging treatments and hair removal.

  • Do you have some darker spots, freckles, sun spots, brown spots?
  • Do you have blood vessels, old scars from acne or other injuries, and want to brighten your skin?
  • Do you just need to reduce hair permanently in certain areas?
  • Do you have rosacea?
  • Do you have wrinkles or signs of aging?

We use the popular Luminis M22 with IPL and Laser ResurFX which combines both the IPL and Laser in one machine.

Thanks to this unique and versatile machine from the inventor of IPL, Luminis M22, with both IPL and Laser ResurFX built in to once machine, you can treat over 30 different skin conditions with machine.

Ultimately, someone with a little of red or brown spots may also have signs of aging and by combining both IPL and non-ablative laser for better collagen production after treatment with the IPL for darker spots or scars, you can get the best of both worlds!

IPL With Laser ResurFX Offered At W8MD’s New York City And Greater Philadelphia Locations.

What is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), popularly called the photofacials, are non-invasive skin treatments using the principle of photorejuvenation process represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new technique treats skin damage non-invasively — there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface.  Intense pulsed light is the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light over a range of wavelengths from 500 nm to 1200 nm. Xenon flashlamps produce high output bursts of broad spectrum. Cooling is used to protect the skin in contact with the device. IPL treatments address the effects of photoaging and sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time.

What is IPL used for?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, including hair removal, photorejuvenation (e.g. the treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins) as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases such as acne. IPL is increasingly used in ophthalmology as well, to treat evaporative dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction.

How does IPL work?

The technology uses a high-powered, hand-held, computer-controlled flashgun to deliver an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light, generally in the visible spectral range of 400 to 1200 nm. Various cutoff filters are commonly used to selectively filter out lower wavelengths, especially potentially damaging ultra violet light. The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores (e.g. melanin in hair, or oxyhemoglobin in blood vessels) that are heated to destruction and reabsorbed by the body. IPL shares some similarities with laser treatments, in that they both use light to heat and destroy their targets. But unlike lasers that use a single wavelength (color) of light which typically matches only one chromophore, and hence only one condition, IPL uses a broad spectrum that when used with filters, allows it to be used against several conditions. This can be achieved when the IPL technician selects the appropriate filter that matches a specific chromophore.

How does IPL help with permanent hair reduction?

IPL can permanently reduce hair growth, most effectively in darker, coarser hair. There are many names and devices for pulsed light treatments such as E-Light, ELOS, and M-Light. Laser hair removal is different and uses coherent, monochromatic laser light.

Broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin, targeting melanin. This light travels through the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root). The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of melanin is located. As the light is absorbed, the bulb and most of the hair shaft are heated, destroying the hair-producing papilla. It is also claimed that heat conversion occurs directly in the darker capillaries that bring blood to the follicle.

At any one time, not all hair follicles are ‘active’, and only active hair follicles can be affected by the treatment. ‘Inactive’ hair follicles can be treated as they become ‘active’ over time. For IPL treatments, an average of 8–10 treatments are required to remove most visible hair. No common treatment protocol exists and it depends on the equipment used and patient skin type. The area to be treated should be clean shaven and free of sunburn. Treatment sessions are usually 4 to 6 weeks apart.

What other conditions can IPL treat?

IPL is employed in the treatment of a range of dermatological conditions including photodamage induced dyspigmentation and vascular changes, poikiloderma of Civatte, rosacea, acne vulgaris, sebaceous gland hyperplasia, broken capillaries/telangiectases, vascular lesions (small blood vessels), pigmented lesions (freckles, liver spots, birth marks ), melasma, actinic keratosis, photorejuvenation, basal cell carcinoma, and Bowen’s disease (squamous cell carcinoma)

List of conditions IPL can treat in addition to permanent hair reduction and photorejuvination

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Brown spots, age spots, freckles
  • Rosacea, redness and flushing of the skin
  • Broken blood vessels on the face
  • Redness from acne scars
  • Reduces pore size
  • Fine lines and tightens skin tone

What areas of the body can be treated?

Almost any part of the body can be treated. The most common regions are the face, chest, neck, hands, arms, legs and upper back.

Am I a Candidate for IPL treatment?

Anyone who wants younger looking skin is a candidate! The greater the contrast between the colour of the skin and the colour of the imperfection we are removing, the better the results, particularly white skin that is not tanned.

What do I need to do before treatment?

Since the IPL is attracted to pigment in the skin, it is important that the skin is not tanned. We recommend wearing a minimum of 30 SPF and booking a treatment when your skin is in a pre-tan state. This will produce maximum results and decrease potential negative side effects.

What can I expect during an IPL treatment?

The area being treated is first cleaned and all makeup removed. You will be given protective eye wear and cold ultrasound gel is applied. The sapphire chill tip is placed onto the gel and a pulse of light is applied. There is a slight sting sensation often described as a small elastic band being snapped.

What should I expect after the treatment?

IPL treatments are designed to provide little down time. Your face may appear red or flushed, and feel like a mild sunburn, something which usually fades within hours. A mild warm tingling sensation may remain for one hour or more after the treatment and a cool compress may be used to assist in heat removal.

Individuals with prominent pigmentation will see that the brown areas become temporarily darker and will continue to darken over the next two to four days. This darkness is your lesion that will eventually flake off! It takes between seven to twenty one days for this process.

What should I do at home?

If it’s sensitive, cold compresses can be applied and keep your skin well moisturized. Make up can be worn, gentle cleansing to the skin and avoid any kind of peels for the first week. Do no pick at the brown spots. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and avoid a lot of sun exposure.

Individuals with prominent pigmentation will see that the brown areas become temporarily darker and will continue to darken over the next two to four days. This darkness is your lesion that will eventually flake off! It takes between seven to twenty one days for this process.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the nature of the condition and the severity of the problem, a series of five treatments is usually recommended. This allows for gradual improvement with very low risk to the skin and little downtime. Treatments are usually three to five weeks apart and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on the area being treated

Individuals with prominent pigmentation will see that the brown areas become temporarily darker and will continue to darken over the next two to four days. This darkness is your lesion that will eventually flake off! It takes between seven to twenty one days for this process.

What are IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation?

The term “Photorejuvenation” refers to the non-ablative, non-invasive treatment of red and brown pigment that leaves a smooth skin texture and even complexion, yielding a more youthful appearance.

IPL Skin Treatments are a safe, effective and popular way to improve the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure is performed by a our trained medical staff member and typically requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each, performed at three-week intervals.

Individuals with prominent pigmentation will see that the brown areas become temporarily darker and will continue to darken over the next two to four days. This darkness is your lesion that will eventually flake off! It takes between seven to twenty one days for this process.

What are the advantages of IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation?

In addition to effectively treating multiple symptoms and locations in each session, the IPL procedure is gentle, non-invasive and safe, requiring no downtime. In fact, many people even schedule their sessions during their lunch breaks. Additionally, IPL treatments are customized to each individual’s specific skin type and condition, providing the best possible results.

IPL Skin Treatments are a safe, effective and popular way to improve the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure is performed by a our trained medical staff member and typically requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each, performed at three-week intervals.

Laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels often send patients into hiding, as they wait for redness and swelling to subside. Microdermabrasion addresses skin irregularities, but is not effective against all complexion problems including redness, flushing and broken capillaries. Face lifts and other surgical procedures are far too invasive for younger patients and “baby boomers” who simply want to revitalize their appearance without recovery downtime.

Call 1(800)W8MD-007 or the W8MD weight loss center closest to you to learn more on how IPL treatments can help your or to schedule a free consultation! We have locations in Greater New York City, Greater Philadelphia and more coming soon!

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