IPL (intense pulsed light) technically
isn't a real laser procedure.
Unlike lasers, this technique used white light made up of
many frequencies (i.e: colors of light); lasers, on the other
hand, used only 1 wavelength type of light. This gives IPL
an advantage since it can effectively treat multiple skin
problems. It cane make your skin appear younger, brighter and
more radiant. IPL rejuvenates the skin, all around the body,
by painlessly using white light to penetrate into th skin's
Once the light enters the skin, it uses all different wavelengths of IPL that are taken in by
the elements within the skin. So, each specific skin problem
will absorb a different type of wavelength; broken capillaries
will take in a specific type while age-spots and fibroblasts
(responsible for making new collagen within the skin) absorb
a different kind each. This causes amazing changes in the
skin, making it appear younger and rejuvenated.
main advantage of this technique is that it doesn't imply
any downtime. You do not need any recovery after treatment
and will be able to return to your normal activities in around
half an hour.
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who are prone to keloids, hyper or hypo pigmentation, have
dark-skin or are darkly tanned may not be the ideal candidates
for an IPL procedure. An ideal patient for this procedure
would be a person with white, decently elastic and non-oily
skin. Even so, other types of skin have been treated successfully.
Your Better Looks doctor will be able to determine if this
procedure is adequate for your case during your initial consultation.
Your physician will make sure you
are comfortable and will apply topical anaesthesia if you
want it. Intense pulsed light is gentler than most lasers and works for different
kinds of treatments. It usually takes around 5 sessions to
reach significant improvement. Nonetheless, after each treatment of intense pulsed light,
there is little visible healing other than some darkening
of the skin or mild redness for a few days to a couple of
weeks. These can usually be covered by makeup from the day
of treatment. Patients may experience mild discomfort with
IPL treatments. Some say it is similar to the snapping of
a rubber band. Discomfort during the procedure can be reduced
by topical anesthetic cream applied before the session.
of the big difference that intense pulsed light offers is that the operator
controls all aspects of the light pulse, including cutoff
wavelength (nm), energy level (Joules/cm2), pulse duration
(milliseconds), pulse pattern (single, double, or triple),
and delay time between pulses (milliseconds). All this gives
the surgeon a precise control of light energy, which in this
treatment is used for customization for skin type, procedure
progress and other factors.
There is no real downtime and thus,
you may resume your normal activities after an IPL treatment
immediately. However, you must protect the affected areas
from UV light, be it natural sunlight or tanning beds. It
is recommended that you wear sunblock for at least 6 months
prior to the procedure. You may be slightly pink or red directly
after your treatment as well as have mild swelling. This should
subside in a few days and if not you should inform your doctor
As with any type of cosmetic
surgery, complications are unusual, but they sometimes
do happen. However, they are usually minor and can be reduced
by precisely following your doctor's directions before and
after the procedure.
Some of the complications (though
extremely rare) that may arise with the use of intense pulsed light include
blisterin, slight bleeding, hypo/hyper pigmentation. Be aware
that some patients may experience permanent skin pigmentation
changes. Scarring is possible although it too is a rare occurrence.
Make sure to ask your Better Looks
surgeon concerning any
risks you might have to face when undertaking intense pulsed light treatments.
However, you must keep in mind that our certified
group of doctors works full-time to prevent such scenarios
from happening, since we value the health of our patients
above anything else.
order to keep the risks at a bare minimum, please make sure
that you follow your doctors instructions at all times.
information given in this website should be considered as
an introduction to an IPL treatment. Before deciding on submitting
yourself to the intense pulsed light procedure described above, we highly recommend
you contact Better Looks directly, so we can answer any specific
question you might have.
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