IPL: INTENSE PULSED LIGHT MEDICINE
Popularly known as facial or IPL Photo-rejuvenation is one of the latest treatments in the field of aesthetic medicine. Treatment involves the direct application of intense pulsed light on the target area, which prior is protected by a cold gel. This procedure favors in light conduction, which achieves greater effectiveness.
It is a fully customized system. The doctor will program the computer by setting the intensity. Then the light pulses based on the patient characteristics, depending on the size, type and location of the areas, and the general condition of the skin as a whole.
This technique allows the heat generated by the pulsed light to destroy the lesion, which gradually will flake off during rinsing. Also, this reaction is achieved without any negative side effects or pain. As a result, it stimulates collagen and connective tissue growth that will result in a more youthful and luminous skin.
Treatment usually consists of five sessions which are brief and periodic, each spaced about 45-60 days from the last session. Each IPL session lasts about an hour and upon completion, the skin will regenerate and renew its natural characteristics. This treatment does not require anesthesia.
This treatment enables skin rejuvenation, the treatment of benign vascular lesions, hyperpigmentation, etc. It is also indicated for patients suffering from rosacea and those with reddened cheeks or faces, and venous vasodilation.
One feature of this treatment is that it can be performed both on the face, neck, chest area and back of hands, generally in any part of the body. It is recommended not to sunbathe during the two weeks following treatment or tan skin either. Also the patient should not be exposed to the sun two weeks after and should apply sunscreen before and after treatment.
The results will be progressive. Some of the benefits are increased luminosity of the skin, removal of blemishes, redness, and other imperfections such as couperosis. Also it stimulates new collagen formation.