Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a gentle treatment, which works by stimulating collagen and elastin production, evening out the complexion and increasing free water levels in the skin.
IPL is one of the most commonly administered forms of light therapy. IPL systems are designed to deliver many rapid, high intensity and controlled pulses of light – similar to photo flashes. The controlled pulsing prevents thermal damage to your skin and minimises discomfort.
This treatment has been designed to reduce sun damage and brown pigmented spots. The IPL works by heating and breaking down the melanin whilst retaining the integrity of the surrounding tissue. The shattered pigment, often looking like freckles or cocoa powdered speckled on your skin, will either flake off or be absorbed via the lymphatic system, leaving you with brighter and plumper skin.
This treatment is particularly effective for people suffering from vascular problems and weakened capillaries, which are often genetic. Veins and capillaries are made of collagen and elastin, so the body’s healing response triggered by the IPL positively affects weakened capillaries, too.
As the water contents from the capillaries evaporate, they can contract and instantly be gone, or coagulate, which will make them temporarily darker. While your lymphatic system will work on dissolving these, you might require several treatments, depending on the treated area and thickness of the vessels.
IPL creates an oxygenated environment on the skin, which kills the P.acne bacteria, reduces infection, and prevents further breakouts.