Intense Pulsed Light or IPL

The Science

  • The Lumenis One IPL system is a broadband light device emitting wavelengths from 515 to 1200nm
  • The integrated Real Time Chiller provides skin surface cooling before, during and after each light pulse, permitting higher energy fluences to reach target tissue safely and more effectively.
  • Multiple wavelengths interact simultaneously with multiple targets, basically photocoagulating the abnormal red and brown pigments, leaving the normal skin color intact.
  • The Lumenis One is manufactured by Lumenis
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    The Indications

  • Photo damage, IPL is mostly known for its use in photo facials.
  • Freckles and flat brown spots
  • Brown skin discolorations including: dyschromia and hyperpigmentation
  • Scars
  • Striae
  • Benign red lesions including:
    • – broken blood vessels face and trunk
    • – spider vessels and angiomas
    • – hemangiomas
    • – rosacea
    • – facial redness
    • – poikiloderma of Civatte = ruddy neck skin

    The Treatment

  • The skin is cleansed and the eyes protected.
  • A thin layer of refrigerated coupling gel is applied to the entire treatment area to facilitate light transmission.
  • The chilled sapphire tip is systematically moved over the entire field delivering pulses of light into the skin.
  • These feel like a prickly heat sensation immediately followed by a cool sensation.
  • There generally is no real down time following IPL treatments.
  • Darker spots will turn darker immediately and flake off within a week.
  • Vascular lesions may also darken as a result of blood coagulation. This also disappears within a week and can be covered up
  • Treatments are undertaken as a series of 5 a month apart. Each session takes about a ½ hour.
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