1. What is Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation?
Skin rejuvenation using intense pulsed light (IPL) uses the properties of this type of light to reduce the visible signs of aging by improving skin appearance and texture. We can remove stains caused by age, benign pigmentations, broken capillaries, redness and any imperfections caused by sun damage on the face, neck, chest and hands.
The IPL induces a thermal effect. This stimulates dermal collagen and elastin, which induces a skin remodelling. Vasculight is the world’s most advanced platform for non-invasive treatment. It is the only system that combines a high-energy laser with the advantages offered by Intense Pulse Light (IPL).
It is also called non-ablative photorejuvenation. The popularity of new non-invasive and nonablative skin treatments has increased greatly in recent years. This is partly due to technological advances that have allowed the improvement of non-invasive skin treatments. It is in high demand by patients who experience a significant improvement in their skin with minimal or no recovery time.
IPL technology uses a pulsed light that emits a broad spectrum of non-coherent light from the visible to near infrared spectrum. It has been used effectively to treat a wide variety of vascular and pigmented lesions and in hair removal.
Benefits and visible results
Skin Rejuvenation can be achieved with any treatment or procedure to visibly improve skin’s appearance altered by age or sun. Skin treatments include; topical with retinoic acid, chemical peels with various agents, micro-dermabrasion and laser resurfacing.
The true skin rejuvenation is a process that improves all the visible elements of the skin altered by the sun or age, including wrinkles, laxity, enlarged pores, telangiectasias, erythema and irregular pigmentation. IPL photorejuvination is the most effective technique. It provides excellent cosmetic results, with little discomfort and no restrictions on work activity.
IPL uses a filtered light source, polychromatic and non-coherent. It has been used traditionally in the same way as a laser to reach selected pigmented and vascular skin. The use of IPL also has some limitations, for example, in the treatment of pigmented and vascular lesions in darker skin types, especially in the Fitzpatrick skin type IV or V.
IPL facial procedure represents a new concept and approach in treating skin. Instead of selectively choosing and treating individual lesions, this technique treats the skin in the facial area, neck, chest, back of hands, etc. It exploits the non-coherent light broad band produced by the IPL system to selectively eliminate visible skin damage, while improving the appearance of the skin of the whole treated area. Results are different from those obtained by various lasers and the traditional use of the IPL, making skin healthier, younger and more natural.
3. How is the treatment?
An entire skin area is treated (e.g. face, neck, chest or back of hands). It is necessary to conduct an adequate number of treatments, usually at least four or five. The treatment parameters used are lower than traditional IPL. This allows the carrying out of each treatment with almost no recovery time.
A layer about 5mm thick of cooling colourless gel (4-10 ° C) is applied on the surface to be treated. The patient’s eyes are protected with plastic eye protectors throughout treatment.
Each treatment session lasts about 20 minutes and should occur at intervals of three or four weeks. The face is completely treated except the upper eyelids. The beard area is not treated in men who do not want hair loss.
4. When is IPL photorejuvenation indicated?
a. – Skin aging caused by sun:
Intense Pulsed Light treatments over the entire facial area produce a visible and maintained improvement in all the skin damage caused by the sun, including wrinkles. It isn’t an invasive method and is without convalescence for the patient.
b. – Erythema, redness and rosacea:
Patients’ skin improves with long-term monitoring. Results persist in many patients for a period of up to two years. Patients appreciate the significant improvement of the skin, ease of treatment and the lack of recovery time.
c. – Pigmentation:
Pigmentation problems, such as lentigines, melasma, freckles, etc., are another indication for treatment. It is also suitable as a complementary treatment after laser skin resurfacing, chemical peel, etc. The non-facial skin area, such as the neck, chest, and back of hands can be rejuvenated in an effective and safe way.
d. – Leather-look skin or rough and large pores.
e. – As a complementary treatment to the infiltration of fillers or botulinum toxin and in general to recover the freshness of the skin.
5. Side Effects and Contraindications
Although rare, purple, edema and inflammation may occasionally occur, but they are temporary and recede with symptomatic treatment. The most common side effect is edema for a few hours, that can be easily camouflaged with makeup.
IPL facial treatments are contraindicated in patients with a history of abnormal response to sunlight, photosensitive allergies (polymorphous light eruption, solar urticaria) or in patients who are taking any medications with photosensitizing effect.
Patients taking Accutane or pregnant women are not candidates for treatment. They can start IPL treatment six months after they stop taking Accutane. In the case of pregnancy, it begins after childbirth.
In the event that there is a suspicious pigmented lesion or possible skin cancer, facial IPL is absolutely contraindicated until the diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy.
People with high phototype, black, tan or persons expecting to go on holidays to sunny areas aren’t candidates for facial IPL treatments, because it increases the risk of burns and thus the hypo-or hyperpigmentation.
6. How much does it cost?
The cost of IPL treatments depends on the area. After studying the specific needs of each patient, we are able to offer a personalised quotation. If you would like a price estimate of photorejuvenation for the areas you want to treat, please contact us by phone or email.