Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a therapy option used by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant to perform various skin treatments for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. IPL may also be referred to as “photorejuvenation” or “the photofacial” because this treatment can improve the appearance of sun damage, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, and other skin imperfections.
Precipulse IPL Therapy System follows selective photothermolysis principle. Certain wavelength that can be used in and absorbed by targeted tissues. Targeted tissues will be destroyed according to targeted chromophore’s selective absorption to light. What’s more, the pulse width shall be smaller than or equal to targeted tissues’ thermal relaxation time, then its damage to surrounding tissues will be minimized because of insufficient time for heat delivery.
What are IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation?
The term "Photorejuvenation" refers to the non-ablative, non-invasive treatment of red and brown pigment that leaves a smooth skin texture and even complexion, yielding a more youthful appearance.
IPL Skin Treatments are a safe, effective, and popular way to improve the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. This in-office procedure is performed by a physician or trained medical staff member and typically requires four to six sessions of about 20 minutes each, performed at approximately three-week intervals.
How many treatments will I need?
On average a patient will require 6~8 treatments to achieve the maximal result. This is because target tissue such as capillaries and melanin are at different depths whilst hair grows in cycles. To be treated hair must be in its active phase rather than dormant. Different parts of the body grow hair at different rates. It is essential that patients return at the recommended times to achieve the optimal result. Occasionally some people will need more treatments. These include those with hormonal imbalances, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, and require those with darker skin where lower energy levels must be used to protect the skin. Some patients will a maintenance treatment a few times a year. Essentially, once target tissue is treated it is gone forever. Any re-occurrence is new hair or blood vessels that were not present at the time of treatment. Blood vessels and pigmentation located in the deeper dermis cannot be treated as the risk of damaging the dermis outweighs the benefit of trying. For this reason, some patients may find that unwanted blood vessels and pigmentation problems are improved but not completely resolved. Men wanting hair removal are special cases where a reduction in hair is possible but complete resolution impossible, due to their high testosterone levels stimulating hair growth.
What are the side-effects and risks of IPL treatments?
Whilst IPL treatments are highly effective, they do not come without risks. Usually, side effects consist of redness, mild swelling, and heat to the treated area. These resolve quickly. Some patients may experience a fine scabby rash the next day which will resolve within a few days and can be covered with mineral makeup. As the target tissue is heated there is always a risk of burns that may lead to infection, scars, or permanent changes in pigmentation (loss or increase). Fortunately, this is rare.
The risk of side effects also depends upon the darkness of the skin and this is why darker skins are treated slowly, sun exposure and tanning must be avoided. Certain skincare ingredients and medicines can also increase the risk. You will be asked about this prior to each treatment. Pain is a subjective experience and most patients describe the treatment as “being flicked by an elastic band”. If pain is a concern, we can recommend anesthetic creams that might help.