IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. A highly energized, handheld, computer controlled flashgun produces an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light, generally in the visible spectral range of 400 to 1200 nm. Various filters are used to rule out lower wavelengths, especially potentially damaging ultraviolet 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 the point of destruction and reabsorbed by the body.
This is not only used in hair removal procedures but also for photorejuvenation therapy in which skin pigmentation, acne, wrinkles and other skin ailments are cured. IPL is increasingly used in ophthalmology as well, to treat evaporative dry eye diseases due to meibomian gland dysfunction.
The laser/IPL device emits a range of light waves that are targeted at hemoglobin or melanin. The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in the damage of the blood vessel wall or fragmentation of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
IPL light encourages the production of collagen, a natural protein that fills in wrinkles. 5 IPL photofacial sessions that target the whole face, spaced 3 weeks apart are usually advocated for dramatic results.
If you have any of the following conditions and your general health permits you, you are an ideal candidate for this treatment
IPL does not eliminate the upper layer of your skin and is very gentle. Recovery takes a very short period of time and discomfort is minimal.
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