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IPL - what's it all about and is it different from Laser?

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a cosmetic procedure that is gaining popularity as an effective method for improving the appearance of skin. IPL uses a high-intensity, broad-spectrum light to target specific areas of the skin, resulting in a reduction in the appearance of age spots, sun damage, and fine lines.

Although the term IPL and laser are commonly used interchangeable they are different thing but they do work in a similar way. One is not better than the other, they are different and some are more appropriate for different conditions.

IPL works by emitting a broad spectrum of light, which targets the melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin its color, and it is responsible for absorbing the light energy emitted by the IPL device. As the melanin absorbs the light energy, it is converted into heat, which damages the targeted area of the skin.

IPL is a non-invasive procedure that requires minimal downtime, making it an attractive option for those who want to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery. The procedure typically takes around 30-45 minutes to complete, and most patients experience only mild discomfort during the treatment.

One of the biggest advantages of IPL is that it can be used to target a wide range of skin concerns. IPL can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, and even rosacea. IPL is also an effective treatment for acne, as it can reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne breakouts.

IPL is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a trained professional. However, it is important to note that IPL is not suitable for everyone. People with very dark skin, for example, may not be suitable candidates for IPL, as the melanin in their skin can absorb too much light energy, resulting in burns or other complications.

Overall, IPL is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure that can help improve the appearance of the skin. With minimal discomfort and minimal downtime, IPL is an attractive option for those who want to achieve a more youthful and radiant complexion. However, it is important to consult with a us to determine whether IPL is the right treatment for you.

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