Intense pulsed light was first introduced to the medical community in 1996 to treat treatment-resistant facial port-wine stains in Germany. In the 20 years since, technology has continued to improve where now IPL produces results equal to those of lasers, with a wider range of applications. At Creative Laser, we utilize IPL to treat age spots, inflammatory acne, uneven skin tone, spider veins, and other skin conditions.
Because it is able to target certain skin conditions that respond to certain wavelengths of light energy, IPL has shown to be very effective without harming adjacent healthy skin.
How IPL works
Intense Pulsed Light is not a laser, but high-intensity light sources that make use of a high-output flashlamp to produce a broad wavelength output of light in the 500 to 1200nm range. Light pulses generated are produced by bursts of electrical current passing through a xenon gas-filled chamber. The lamp output is then sent to the handpiece, which directs it onto the surface of the skin through a quartz block.
IPL has great flexibility in wavelengths and is especially well suited to be absorbed by red and browns on the facial skin. Hence the name “photofacial.”
IPL uses at Creative Image Laser Solutions
At Creative Image Laser, we use IPL for hair reduction, laser vein treatments, and acne treatments.
- Hair reduction — As with lasers, IPL hair reduction targets the papilla (the bulb of the hair), damaging it and stopping the follicle from producing hair. The difference between IPL and laser hair removal is comfort. IPL can be used on the legs, face, chest, back, arms, axillae, and bikini areas more comfortably than lasers.
- Acne reduction — IPL destroys the bacteria that causes inflammatory acne. By reducing the bacteria, the sebaceous glands produce less oil and acne flare-ups go away.
- Vein treatment — IPL effectively targets the red and blue colors with different wavelengths, 532nm and 1064nm. This damages the walls of the veins, causing them to close off and eventually fade away.
Call us at 325-641-1927 and ask us about our IPL treatments and how they can benefit you.