IPL is a non-invasive aesthetic medicine technique based on the very intense emission of light in a specific spectrum (from 400 to 1400 nm). Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a cousin of laser treatment, except that in this case the light is delivered by a flash lamp.
It is best known for hair removal in waxing salons. In aesthetic medicine, it is used on the face for skin problems such as pigmentation spots, wrinkles, rosacea and inflammatory acne. In fact, intense pulsed light is one of the best treatments for certain brown spots on the face (sun spots and age spots) or for facial redness such as couperose and erythrosis. It can also be used for photorejuvenation of the skin, by adjusting the settings.
At our practice, we use Lumecca, the high-intensity pulsed light from Inmode, the manufacturer of the Morpheus 8, which guarantees flawless quality.
What is photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation is the enhancement of the skin using light. Indeed, one of the main advantages of IPL is its ability to treat different skin conditions simultaneously. Thanks to its advanced technology, several skin problems can be treated in a single session.
Thanks to its broad light spectrum, it reaches several targets in the dermis:
- melanin to erase brown spots
- hemoglobin in red blood cells to reduce redness
- collagen to tighten fine lines
The result is a brighter, more even complexion.
What results can I expect from Intense Pulsed Light?
Results are visible almost immediately for redness, which continues to diminish over the following weeks.
Similarly, brown spots will gradually fade. Depending on the cause, some spots may turn grey and "crumble" as they progress.
Stimulation of collagen production takes longer. Collagen takes 3 months to produce.
For acne sufferers, intense pulsed light can be an effective solution. It kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation, helping to reduce breakouts and prevent scarring.
What areas can be treated with IPL?
All sun-exposed areas can be treated:
In fact, these areas tend to get sun spots more easily due to their constant exposure to the sun.
To remove small varicose veins on the legs, we prefer the YAG laser.
One of the most common problems that Intense Pulsed Light can treat is hyperpigmentation. Whether it's brown spots caused by the sun or aging, or red spots caused by rosacea, Intense Pulsed Light can help brighten and even out your skin tone. The treatment is non-invasive, painless and delivers visible results after several sessions.
The reduction of fine lines and wrinkles is another major benefit of this treatment. Intense pulsed light stimulates collagen production in the skin, helping to smooth wrinkles and firm the skin. It can also tighten dilated pores, giving your skin a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Do IPL sessions hurt?
High-intensity pulsed light sessions are not painful. You may feel a slight heat when the flash lamp is triggered, but no pain.
How many Intense Pulsed Light sessions do I need?
From 1 to 3 Intense Pulsed Light sessions are required to achieve satisfactory results. Moreover, sessions are spaced 3 weeks apart. Note that for vascular lesions responsible for redness, treatment of this indication may require more than one session.
Are the results final?
Sun-induced lentigo gradually disappears, never to return. However, depending on their origin, some may reappear if exposed to the sun.
Skin redness may recur, but with different blood vessels. As the cause of vessel dilation is sometimes hereditary, this will happen again. Treatment of couperose with pulsed light is symptomatic. You'll get rid of the redness for a while, and feel calmer, but you may need to repeat the pulsed light treatment in the following years.
What precautions should I take before and after an IPL session?
Before a pulsed light session :
- no sun exposure 1 month before
- no skin irritation (herpes, psoriasis, eczema, etc.)
After a session :
- no sun exposure for 1 week
- use sun protection cream SPF 50.
What are the risks of a pulsed light session?
The main risk is burning. This manifests itself within 48 hours in the form of more or less pinkish spots. It's imperative to contact your doctor to determine the cause and start anti-inflammatory treatment. In fact, there is a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation developing.
That's why intense pulsed light on the face must be performed by qualified, experienced professionals. It requires in-depth knowledge of the skin and its reactions. So, before starting treatment, it's important to have a consultation with your aesthetic doctor to assess your skin and determine whether this treatment is right for you.
How much does a high-intensity pulsed light session cost?
One session costs 200 euros.