Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Definition - What does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) mean?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used in cosmetics. The principle of action is similar to that of a laser: the emission of a very intense light pulse that is absorbed by different skin structures. The particularity is that it allows the selection of certain wavelengths that act specifically on blood vessels, hair, collagen and sebaceous glands. Once absorbed, light is transformed into heat, and this causes the destruction of the above-mentioned structures.
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The procedure itself is very easy to understand. Intense pulsed light devices generate light pulses in bursts of electrical current that pass through a xenon gas-filled chamber. The lamp output is directed toward the distal end of the handpiece, which, in turn, releases the energy pulse onto the surface of the skin, which is affected by a certain condition. A few of the conditions that IPL is effective against include pigmentation disorders, acne, cutaneous diseases such as rosacea, port-wine stain, disseminated porokeratosis, pilonidal cyst, seborrheic keratosis and sarcoidosis. IPL has multiple applications. It can be used for permanent hair removal (progressive epilation) for the treatment of acne, pigmentary or vascular lesions and photo rejuvenation. The benefits are numerous. First, it is a painless, minimally invasive procedure. There is no risk of developing skin cancer. Efficiency has been proven in many clinical trials, with approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The risk of occurrence of adverse reactions (stinging sensations or local heat, erythema, bubbles or phlegm, hipo- or transient hyperpigmentation) is low.