Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology used by cosmetic and medical practitioners to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, including photo rejuvenation (e.g. the treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and varicose veins).
IPL is the same as laser treatment. IPL releases many different wavelengths and is more scattered compared to a laser which releases just one focused wavelength of light. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of your skin without harming the first layer, does it causes less damage to your skin.
IPL can destroy hair follicles to prevent hair from growing again. During treatment for pigmentation, your skin absorbs the light energy, which is converted into heat. Then the heat destroys the unwanted pigment to clear up freckles and other spots.
Furthermore, IPL may not work as well on uneven areas. It is also not recommended for people who tend to get thick, raised keloid scars or who have darker skin tones.
IPL is great for people with:
- (Hyper) pigmentation
- Redness / rosacea
- Sun spots
- Age spots
There is a slight downtime after this procedure of 1-2 days. Slight redness might occur. Make-up and exercise is possible the day after the procedure.