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Intense Pulse Light Intense pulsed light, also known as IPL, is the use of high intensity light rays

in short intervals of time. The rays of light are often administered in pulses, or wave like patterns, which is how the treatment earned its name. Most any candidate can receive Intense Pulsed Light treatment, and the technology has proved highly effective for those individuals with thick, dark hair or heavy discoloration on their skin. The treatment can be administered on almost any part of the body, however it is best to avoid the extremely sensitive areas of your skin, such as directly around the eyes, lips, nose and ears.

How does it work? The intense pulsed light rays are delivered through a hand held device, or a stationary robotic arm that is controlled by a computer. The wand or arm is positioned over the area receiving the treatment and the light rays are administered in brief, repetitive spurts. The intensity of the light allows it to penetrate deep into your skin, reaching the root of your hair follicle. The root, or bulb, of each individual hair is the most effective area to target for long lasting hair removal, and is also where the majority of melanin, or skin pigmentation is concentrated. The light is then transformed into heat by the cells in your skin and essentially vaporizes unwanted hair and melanin buildup. By targeting this specific area, unwanted pigmentation and skin discolorations can be reversed and at the same time the hair is removed from the follicle, leaving behind smooth, even toned skin.

. intense pulsed light therapy actually reduces the number of hairs that will grow back. These treatments can be given 4 to 6 weeks apart. Studies have shown that up to 85% – 90% of hair can be permanently removed after a few rounds of treatment. which only temporarily remove hair until it grows back. Most patients elect to receive anywhere between 2 and 8 treatments.Benefits Unlike topical hair removal treatments. with very little visible side effects present after the treatment. allowing time for the remaining hair to begin growing back. but patients have seen the desired effects in as little as 2 treatments. The skin will be a little tender after each treatment so it is best to provide additional protection by applying a heavy moisturizer and sunblock immediately after. Oftentimes more than one round of treatment is required. The actual treatment itself takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and the recovery time needed is almost none. Intense pulsed light therapy is great for those individuals with a hectic schedule.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS? The most common: skin reaction is a mild erythema/redness of the skin few hours after the treatment. In rare cases:    Temporary hyperpigmentation (brown discoloration). Temporary hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) Temporary peri-follicular oedema .

irregular pigmentation. 6. Additional maintenance treatments can extend this period. 4. IPL reduces the inflammation in the skin and may eliminate the need for medication. IPL treatments can significantly reduce this uneven pigmentation. coarse or rough appearance. large pores and a dull texture. or more.  Temporary follistim. Temporary blistering and scabbing Indications for IPL Treatments IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Treatments have the following indications: 1. or higher. IPL remains one of the only effective treatments for this condition that causes embarrassment to many individuals. 5. 3. Acne Scarring may be visibly improved with IPL treatments that induce Collagen formation in the dermis. Post-Surgical Scars can be lightened with IPL treatments that specifically target vessels in the forming scar tissue. Pigmentation Problems (Brown Age-Spots. 8. freckling. Flushing (sporadic redness) of the face. IPL has been shown to visibly reduce these skin characteristics creating skin that is brighter and more youthful in appearance. Stretch Marks that are red or purple in color can be faded using IPL. 7. Melasma or Pregnancy-Mask) are characterized by uneven brown skin pigmentation. Reduction in Erythema or redness of the face. A 75%. 2. neck and chest. Other signs of sun-damage may also be present. Photoaging or Sun Damage is skin that has fine wrinkles. after 5 treatments. The redness may be controlled with medication such as topical or oral antibiotics. . Rosacea is a medical condition characterized by a low-grade skin inflammation. reduction can be seen after 5 treatments with the benefits continuing up to 12 months after the treatments. neck or chest including the medical condition called “Rosacea”. Flushing occurs with stress or alcohol consumption and can be dramatically reduced 75%. especially when combined with our specific skin-care products.

This non-invasive. reddish scars.14 days to check for adverse reactions. Scars. CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR IPL Is required to perform a patch test on every client before treatment on the area to be treated and wait 7 days. Gold Injections Xeroderma Breastfeeding. . gentle approach uses targeted flashes of light to treat dilated and broken blood vessels. CONDITION CAN NOT BE TREATED                      Photo sensitive medications Pregnancy.9. Kidney Disease Under 18’s Pacemaker Diabetes Porphyry Heart Disease Active Tans Hemophilia Epilepsy Cancer Anti-Coagulant Lupus Disease HIV/AIDS Roaccutane Vitiligo Keloid Scarring.many physicians are finding IPL a successful approach for reducing the appearance of new.