Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light (IPL) prevents and treats signs of ageing such as spots and fine wrinkles.

What is it?

Intense pulsed light or IPL is a device that emits a large spectrum of light which will be absorbed by different targets in the skin, while leaving its surface intact. Targets such as melanin present in brown spots and red blood cells in dilated vessels are selectively destroyed. In addition, the heat produced by IPL stimulates the fibroblasts in the dermis to produce new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These will help compensate for the damages caused by excessive sun exposure. Indeed UV rays denature the skin’s components such as collagen and elastin, hence the loss of density, firmness and elasticity.

What is the procedure?

Before the procedure, the therapist analyses the patient’s stage of photoageing in order to properly adjust the IPL parameters. A gel is then applied on the skin to allow a better conduction and distribution of the light energy on its surface. An IPL treatment lasts 1 hour. The most frequently treated areas are the face, neck, décolleté and hands.

What can be treated?

Number of sessions?

3 to 5 IPL sessions every 6 weeks. To maintain the results, a session every 6 to 12 months is recommended.

Side effects?

Slight redness during a few hours after IPL treatment. Brown spots may darken and form a scab for a few days before fading away. IPL cannot be used on tanned skin.

Results?

An immediate skin glow. In the weeks following the IPL treatment, brown spots, redness and capillaries fade away. After a few months, fine lines and other imperfections are also reduced. The skin is smoother and looks younger.

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