IPL

What is IPL?

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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.

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FAQ

How Does IPL Work?

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 clear the lesion debris, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

Does IPL Hurt?

Cooling of the skin surface ensures additional safety during treatment. The treatment can be likened to a sensation of snapping elastic on the skin. It is a little uncomfortable but not painful as such. This is a no downtime procedure with most patients returning to normal activities immediately after treatment.

Can Red Veins Be Treated?

Intense Pulsed Light is the treatment of choice for surface red veins. IPL releases precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the blood vessel, heating it to a point where it is destroyed. Following treatments the red veins will clear and are re-absorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace the original red vein.

Do I Need A Patch Test?

Yes, a patch test is required before we can carry out any IPL treatment.  You can book a patch test online or by ringing the clinic. A patch test only takes 15 minutes and is required at least 48 hours before your first IPL session.

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