Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to Remove Dark Spots and Reverse Ageing
There are currently many dermo cosmetic methods available to rejuvenate skin. Chemical peelings, dermoabrasion and ablative lasers obtain their results by destroying the skin’s outer layer and causing thermal damage to the dermis. This causes a progressive remodelling of the collagen which, while improving the skin, also has a significant recovery period and higher risk of complications. In the last few years other techniques have been developed that have the same effect but without damaging the epidermis. This is how non-ablative photorejuvenation using Intense Pulsed Light or IPL emerged.
IPL is a treatment that consists of applying visible light to the skin at different wavelengths. The longer the wavelength, the further it will penetrate the deeper structures of the tissue being treated. The thermal stimulation caused by the treatment triggers the production of collagen. IPL systems act on three fundamental components of the skin: dermal collagen, pigmented areas, and dilated capillaries of the skin.
IPL treatment is particularly good at removing blotchy areas of skin, small varicose veins and dark spots caused by the sun as well as significantly improving the appearance of small lines. Following IPL treatment, the skin takes on a much smoother and younger appearance. IPL can be applied to the face, neck, neckline and even hands. It can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures or used on its own.
IPL is a non-invasive treatment that is carried out on an outpatient basis. We recommend between three and six separate sessions with a minimum of three weeks between each one. Results will improve progressively with each session and are visible for 12 months.
Side effects of IPL treatment
These could include a light reddening of the area treated for the two hours following the treatment.