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What is IPL and Photorejuvenation
Intense Pulsed Light (abbreviated IPL) describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths; from 400nm to 1200nm. The technology utilizes specific wavelength ranges to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, skin photoaging treatments and hair removal.
Advanced technology can be expensive. While other practices may promote similar treatments with cheaper, lower-powered technology, there is a visible difference in results. Our practice believes in providing only the very best treatment for our patients and has made the investment in the Lumenis M22.
How IPL works?
Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing it for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the relevant chromophores and damages them (blood chromophores when treating vascular lesions and melanin chromophores when treating pigmented lesions). The body's natural processes then clears the lesion debris, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.
What areas can be treated?
Photorejuvenation ONE with the Lumenis One system can be used to treat any area of the body. The most common areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.
How is Photorejuvenation performed?
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth, cold surface of the Lumenis One IPL handpiece is gently touched to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight stinging like the snapping of a rubber band. An anesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Each treatment typically takes about 20 minutes. In general, excellent long term results can usually be achieved with a series of four to six treatments.
Why are multiple treatments necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating and the severity of each, a series of four to six treatments may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk, preserving the convenience of a “no downtime” procedure.