IPL or intense pulsed light is a non-invasive and non-ablative laser therapy that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of certain skin conditions. Some parts of the results are usually visible almost immediately after following the procedure. This laser treatment procedure works by sending strong pulses of light to the skin. The laser creates an impact on the deeper tissue areas of the skin. The IPL system works on the same principles as lasers, in which the light energy is absorbed in particular target cells with color in the skin. The results achieved are not so dramatic as an ablative resurfacing technique where both the dermis and epidermis layer of the skin is injured. However, there are different types of IPL treatments available that are used to target and repair the different types of damage.
IPL laser treatments are most commonly used for the following purposes
- To remove sun spots, age spots and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other parts of the body
- It can also lighten or reduce certain conditions like rosacea, dilated blood vessels, etc
- An improved skin texture is also achievable after undergoing the procedure by stimulating and improving the pore size
Side effects of the procedure
The IPL laser does not cause any damage to the outer layer of the skin. Basically, there are no major side effects and the patients can resume normal activities immediately after undergoing the procedure.
When will the results be visible?
One session is not enough to achieve the best results. Most of the people achieve satisfactory results after undergoing three to five treatment sessions. The final results are visible after 3-5 months of undergoing the procedure. However, patients must have to be careful about exposing their skin to the sun after undergoing the laser procedure as that may give rise to certain complications.