For anyone who pays attention to the beauty and personal care industry, the release of new products and treatments is common. Some of these treatments are better than others and like most things in life, your individual mileage may vary.
One such treatment that is here to stay is known as IPL or intense pulsed light. IPL has a number of benefits that you may not be aware of so continue reading to learn more.
What is IPL?
IPL is the process of using different wavelengths of light to provide a range of treatments to improve your overall health and appearance.
IPL is different to your traditional laser based therapy which is only able to utilise a specific wavelength meaning that its uses are limited. IPL on the other hand is much more versatile and can treat a range of conditions.
How does IPL Work?
Individual filters are placed over an IPL wand to selectively choose and discard the wavelengths of light that are unsuitable.
This wand is then presented to the skin in a localised manner where these rays of light set to work in providing their intended cure or treatment. Light will enter the skin to be absorbed by the red blood cells within your bloodstream.
This energy transferral will temporarily damage your blood vessels and skin pigmentation, forcing your body to naturally repair them and by doing so replacing them with newer, fresher cells resulting in improved skin appearance.
The process is non-invasive and quite safe as long as carried out by a trained professional.
The Benefits of IPL
IPL can be used in a range of treatments including;
- Removing acne
- Improving and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Treating hypo-pigmentation and the loss of skin colour
- Treating hyper-pigmentation and the prevalence of darker patches of skin or uneven skin tones
- Localised hair removal
Light pulses can target individual structures found within the skin such as melanin and water, breaking them down and assisting in their rejuvenation. Increased collagen production can also be stimulated to plump the skin giving it a fuller appearance.
How Many Sessions Are Required?
This will vary by treatment but most commonly up to 10 sessions will be required.
Skin pigmentation may only require 2-3 treatments over the course of 6 weeks whereas vascular treatments may require up to 10 treatments over the course of 10 weeks.
Will I Need to Take Any Time Off Work?
Due to the non-invasive, non-surgical method of treatment, no downtime or time off work will be required for recovery. Each treatment can be incorporated into a lunch break meaning you can continue with your everyday life without interruption.
IPL is catching on quickly and is being offered in more and more locations, including beauty salons. If in Western Australia, look for an IPL clinic in Perth and the surrounding areas. Make sure that you request to see samples of completed treatments as well as before and after photos.
Stop wasting time and money with off the shelf products that don’t work and invest in your appearance with the power of an intense pulsed light treatment.