Cosmetic Treatments With Intense Pulse Light
With today’s advances in cosmetic lasers and light technology, many women and men who are seeking a youthful appearance no longer need to go under the knife. Intense Pulse Light is one of the non-invasive procedures that helps you to maintain a younger and fresh looking face.
Many people who choose to undergo Intense Pulse Light treatments are pleased with the fast and no “down time” procedure. As the treatment is easy and no fuss, many are able to return to work or resume their daily activities immediately. Hence the popularity of this treatment for cosmetic skin conditions.
How Does Intense Pulse Light Work
Intense Pulse Light uses a process known as photorejuvenation where light energy is delivered to your skin in pulses through a delicate, computer controlled handpiece. The wavelength, exposure, duration and energy level are adjusted to suit the skin condition.
Intense Pulse Light is filtered broad spectrum light. The light used is carefully filtered to ensure only the correct type reaches the skin. This specific light, technically described as wavelengths, destroys the melanin in the age spots. The surrounding healthy or normal tissue is spared.
Due to the thermal response generated by the treatment, it encourages the production of new collagen, resulting in an improvement to the skin texture. Skin is smoother and appears younger.
Other Uses Of Intense Pulse Light Treatment
Besides treating age spots, Intense Pulse Light is also used to treat vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, photo rejuvenation (sun damaged skin) and acne.
Intense Pulse Light can be used for the removal of unwanted hair from all body sites. As hair also contains melanin, the light from the treatment is used to destroy the melanin while the heat from the treatment destroys the hair follicle, preventing the growth of new hair. This quick procedure puts an end to the slow, messy and painful methods of hair removal.
Treatments using Intense Pulse Light for hair removal range from 3 to 6 sessions, with intervals of 1 to 3 months between sessions. This is because hair growth is cyclical, going through resting and growing phases.
If you are considering cosmetic treatment with Intense Pulse Light, do consult a qualified medical professional to find out more about the procedure and to check if you are a suitable candidate.
FAQ About Intense Pulse Light
Who Is It For?
This treatment is more suitable for those who have light skin, and do not have a sun tan. This treatment may not be recommended for those who are prone to keloids, dark skinned, darkly tanned and who do not react well to burns.
What Can I Expect During The Procedure?
Before treatment begins, gel is applied to the area. You will be given protective eye wear. During treatment, the smooth, glass surface of the Intense Pulse Light handpiece is applied to the skin area. The duration of procedure depends on the type of treatment. A full face treatment takes less than 20 minutes.
What Can I Expect After The Procedure?
You may notice that the skin looks a little “dirty” for a few days following the treatment. After that, you will find that your skin looks smoother and fresher.
Does It Hurt?
The tolerance of pain varies for each person. Some described the discomfort as warming sensation similar to the feeling one gets after a day out at the beach.
Do I Need To Any Special Precautions Before And After Treatment?
The visible light used in the procedure is completely safe and contains NO UV. However, since the light is absorbed by melanin, it is extremely important to avoid sun tanning before the treatment as it could make the treatment more uncomfortable and less effective.
Do I Need To Be Admitted?
No. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and does not require any down time. You can go back to work immediately after treatment.