The role of light-based technologies in dermatology has expanded dramatically in recent years.
Safe and long-lasting permanent hair removal of unwanted hair can be achieved with a variety of lasers and IPL devices.
Intense Pulsed Light Technology (IPL) has been around since the early 2000s.
What is IPL?
IPL hair removal technique uses high intensity pulses of light to target unwanted hair and damage it from the root. It is also used to treat redness and pigmentation in order to improve sun-damaged skin. Hence being the long-lasting solution for hair reduction, simultaneously it can be effective in removing darker and thicker hair.
How does it work?
The wavelengths of light emitted from an IPL device can range from 400 nm to 1200 nm. The light can be filtered to target a specific chromophore. Chromophores are the specific targets in the skin that absorb particular wavelengths. The main targets for the IPL are hemoglobin and melanin. When IPL targets hemoglobin, it can address skin redness and broken blood vessels. When IPL targets melanin it can treat age spots, sun spots, skin discoloration. Additionally, IPL can cause hair removal due to darkly-pigmented hair containing melanin.
Is treatment with intense pulsed light safe?
IPL is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced provider. Some of the rare adverse effects of IPL treatment include discoloration of the skin, injury to the skin such as blistering. These can be avoided by having your treatment performed by an experienced physician or laser technician.