Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): A Breakdown

What is IPL?

We have all spent a day out in the sun for way too long and forgot to put on sunscreen, come home only to find our face looking like a (literal) sun-dried tomato. Intense pulsed light treatment is a method utilized by dermatologists and other medical practitioners worldwide that helps repair the appearance and texture of the skin, often caused by sun exposure. IPL is commonly referred to as photorejuvenation and is an effective non-invasive/non-ablative treatment. This procedure is applied to one’s skin surface. This means that it can essentially be used anywhere on the body, to correct or improve one’s skin. 

How long does each treatment last?

The treatment ranges in duration due to many factors. For instance, the part of the body being treated and how large the area is. However, an average session is estimated to be 20 to 30 minutes long. Depending on the results one is expecting to get out of the procedure, three to six sessions may be necessary. These treatments are typically spaced out, about one month apart, so that the individual gives their skin time to heal in between.

How does it work?

Similar to laser therapy, IPL uses a device that redirects light energy to a specific area of the body. Once this handheld device is placed over the skin it emits multiple wavelengths of light onto the surface of the body. The light essentially heats the cells in the skin and breaks them down. The body then breaks down the damaged tissue naturally. This later results in the reduced appearance of the pigmented and damaged skin cells or hair follicles. 

What can IPL be used for?

Intense pulsed light treatment can be done to decrease the appearance or completely get rid of the following:

Intense Pulsed Light Treatment is an effective treatment that can help repair the colour and texture of one’s skin. Overall this procedure can be the key to obtaining a younger and more vibrant appearance. 

Written by: Tali Pinsker