Intense Pulse-Light Therapy
Jul 31, 2014 08:34AM
● By Lee Walker
One of the latest ways to keep visible signs of aging at bay is intense pulse-light therapy (IPL). Growing numbers of dermatologists are now using this resurfacing technique rather than lasers to delete fine to moderate lines and wrinkles, remove unwanted facial hair anywhere on the body and to erase a variety of pigment problems, including sunspots. IPL has even been noted to tighten up unsightly pores and diminish signs of facial redness caused by the spider veins and acne-like outbreaks that trouble individuals with rosacea.
IPL systems are based on the same principles as lasers, although they deliver many wavelengths in each pulse of light, rather than just one. The light energy IPL produces is absorbed into the skin’s particular target cells through its chromophores, the part of the molecule responsible for color. The light energy is actually converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targeting of specific chromophores.
IPL therapy targets the dermis, (lower layers of skin) without affecting the epidermis (top layers). The results are not as dramatic as microdermabrasion, a type of resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime. A client can often have the procedure done during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.
IPL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band. Throughout the treatment session, a patient must wear protective eyewear.
Source: Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-333-1450. AssuageCenters.com.