A light therapy targetted age spots, sun damage, freckles, birthmarks, varicose veins, rosacea, hair removal. With the use of laser lights, IPL releases lights of various wavelengths like photo flashes. Scattered and less focus as compared to laser, IPL can penetrate down to the second layer of the skin (dermis) without causing harm to the outer layer (epidermis). Thus, less damaging to the skin. The pigment then absorbs the light energy, converting in to hear which then breaks down the unwanted pigments and/or destroys hair follicles.
While IPL can be used on any part of the body, it tends to be less effective on uneven areas or for anyone with thick, raised scaring and darker skin tones. For hair, it tends to be more effective for those with darker hair color.
Prior to your treatment, do let your doctor know if you have any skin conditions. You may need to avoid certain medications, activities two week before. On the day, your doctor will cleanse the area being treated and then apply a cooling gel onto the area. The light will then be applied over the area with light pulses fired at intervals. During the procedure, you will need to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes. Some patients may feel a light snapping sensation and it should take approximately up to 30 minutes depending the part and area being treated.
You should be able to resume normal activities right after. Some may experience slight redness and sensitivity which should fade away very soon. Do avoid using hot water until the skin heals.
Results tend to be gradual and progressive. For best results, you may require multiple sessions spaced at about a month interval. For hair removal, you may require up to 12 session.
Possible side effects may include: