Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a versatile non-invasive treatment option for numerous aesthetic issues. In particular, it is used for photorejuvenation – a process that improves the appearance of photo-aged skin. This leaves the skin looking less sun-damaged and more youthful.
IPL is effective for fading hereditary and brown age-spot (such as sun-induced freckles/ solar lentigines/ ‘liver spots’) and the red lines caused by broken capillaries.
IPL is suitable for patients with active lifestyles. It has minimal downtime and a low risk of side effects. This gentle and non-ablative treatment quickly and safely recovers the appearance of sun-damaged skin on the face, chest, neck and hands – virtually anywhere that shows sun damage.
What is IPL?
How does it work?
The IPL machine delivers a powerful broad spectrum of light in the visible to near infrared range. The cut-off filters in the handpiece controls the wavelength range so it can be adjusted for the desired treatment and skin type. The light energy is released through the handpiece, which is then gently applied to the skin. The light pulse penetrates the tissue to reach the targeted area, selectively damaging the target. The target may be blood in vessels (when directing at vascular/ red lines) or melanin pigment (when treating brown/ pigmented lesions). The body’s natural systems then resorb the lesion’s debris giving the skin a smoother and rejuvenated look.
Why Queensland Specialist Dermatology?
At Queensland Specialist Dermatology, we use the finest top of the line technology. IPL M22 is created by Lumenis, who invented, refined and perfected the IPL. Their experienced history in IPL technology guarantees optimal efficacy, safety, and consistency. The Optimal Pulse Technology provides reproducible results as well as gentler, safer and more comfortable treatments.
Of course to optimise the use of this great technology, having a skilled operator is essential. Our dermatologists are medical specialists in all areas of the skin. They are experts in assessing patients and lesions, to determine the most appropriate treatment modality (which may or may not be IPL) and therapy parameters.
What does it involve?
The IPL treatment is an office-based treatment. Depending on the area being treated, treatment time varies between 10 to 30 minutes. Treatment comfort is important to us. We apply a numbing local anaesthetic cream before therapy and cold soothing sprays during therapy to maximise patient comfort.
The duration of the complete treatment program depends on the affected areas. Usually two treatments sessions are ideal for full-face treatments and individual brown lesions. Areas such as the chest usually require three to four sessions (at 3-4 week intervals) to achieve the best results. This also ensures the treated area blends well with the surrounding skin.