Intense Pulse Light Laser (IPL)

Purpose

Lasers emit coherent energy at a specific wavelength in a single beam of light. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is broadband light energy that enables large areas to be treated with a single discharge. This short wavelength visible light is passed through filters which can be adjusted to match the patients' skin types. Intense Pulsed Light, in combination with laser, is ideal for the treatment of superficial skin lesions. The advantage of IPL and laser combined is that large areas can be treated quickly.

Are all IPL laser machines the same?

IPL is a generic name and the quality of the machine does determine the effectiveness of the treatment. There are different types and quality of machines designed for different markets. For example, the non-medical (beauty salons, aesthetic salons) rarely use the medical grade machines because these machines are designed for use by a medical practioner. Hence an IPL machine designed for the non medial market will most probably be less effective than a medical grade IPL machine which must be used by medical professionals and the premise must be approved by the Health Care Standards.

Will any IPL machine give the similar results?

No. The quality of the machine and the training of the clinician are directly related to the results achieved. One should not just compare prices of the treatment, it is important that you receive treatment from a medial facility with High Grade Medical IPL equipment.

Acne Treatment -Summary Description

Blue light is used to destroy the bacteria P. acnes . This bacteria colonises the sebaceous gland and blocks it causing acne. Intense Pulsed Light irradicates the bacteria and gently heats up the skin around the spots, producing collagen that boosts the healing process.

How many treatments will I need?

Several treatments maybe required depending on the severity of the Acne. The important thing to remember is the higher specification IPL equipment used generates improved results at each application due to the flexibility of the parameters and that greatly reduces the number of visits required. At Pearl Studio we operate high specification equipment that requires the use of skilled practitioners who optimise the settings for each patient and at each subsequent visit.

Are the treatments painful?

The treatment is not painful however there is slight discomfort sometimes described as a sting or snap of an elastic band. It generally accepted by all patients that this level of discomfort is tolerable hence no local anaesthesia is required. The treatments are so effective that patients can return immediately to work or their daily routine and hence there is no lost time.

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