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Introduction To Intense Pulsed Light

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is an FDA approved treatment similar to laser technology. It is a cosmetic skin treatment that helps reduce the signs of ageing, remove unwanted hair, lighten darker patches of skin and improve the appearance of spider veins and scars. To do this a bright light is aimed at the skin using various filters so that it only targets specific areas of the skin.

Unlike most laser treatments, which typically only match one type of light, Intense Pulsed Light treatments use a broad spectrum that is used with filters in order to be able to use it to combat several different conditions in one treatment, even contributing to reducing pore size.

There is minimal downtime associated with this treatment, and the feeling during treatment is usually compared by patients to a rubber band pinging on the skin.

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Before and after IPL treatment

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Conditions that can be treated include dyschromia (brown or red discolouration of the skin), redness, sun spots, and spider veins or visible blood vessels.

During the treatment, light energy turns to heat, which damages or destroys the unwanted structures. The body then flushes these structures away using natural repair mechanisms to leave you with a more even skin tone. As well as benefits for the evenness and colour of the skin, it can brighten your youthful glow and helps to add small amounts of collagen back into the skin near its surface which improves texture.

Conditions treated with IPL

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