How Does IPL Skin Treatment Work?
IPL skin treatments work by delivering an intense pulse of light at a pre-determined wavelength. At the appropriate wavelength, the treatment target within the skin (i.e. pigmentation) selectively absorbs the light energy causing a photocoagulation of the pigment/capillary etc. This occurs without damaging any of the surrounding skin.
IPL treatment for pigmentation works by delivering light energy into the pigment at a wavelength whereby the energy is almost completely absorbed by the pigment. This causes the pigment to photocoagulate “cook” turning darker. This darkness is exactly what we are looking for as an appropriate end point to judge the treatment effectiveness. The darkened pigment lasts 3-5 days before it flakes off leaving beautifully clear skin in its place.
What Else Can IPL Be Used For?
IPL can be used for a wide range of skin conditions. Conditions that may be treated with IPL include:
- Non-melasma pigmentation
- Cherry angiomas
- Unwanted hair
- Irregular, uneven skin tone
The same mechanism exists for treatment of all the above conditions. What changes is the amount of energy delivered, the wavelength used and how long the energy is delivered for. Manipulating these settings specifically targets the skin complaint of concern, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Often there is some cross-over in settings. This allows us to treat two different skin complaints during the same treatment (e.g. pigmentation and redness).
How Does IPL Compare to Other Skin Laser Treatments?
There are many different types of laser on the market. These differ greatly on their mode of action, skin condition targeted, energy delivery profile and brand of laser. IPL differs from other lasers in that it delivers an intense pulse of light into the skin at a specific wavelength. The treatment target (i.e. pigment or capillaries) within the skin selectively absorbs this light energy keeping the surrounding skin unharmed.
If you are of a lighter skin type, have non-melasma pigmentation, redness, rosacea, broken capillaries, or cherry angiomas, IPL is the treatment modality of choice. Results with this method are in our opinion far superior to any other modality.
There are many other types of laser commonly used in Australian skin clinics. These can work by causing an intense microscopic vibration, by heating up water within cells causing a controlled microdamage or completely resurfacing the top layers of the skin by targeted laser beam.