IPL – Intense Pulsed Light at the Lynton Clinic, Cheshire
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) has been around for many years now (since the 1990’s) and was brought out as an alternative to lasers. They can be used to treat many things, but we mainly use them here for vessels, some pigments, overall sundamage, acne and they also stimulate collagen.
What is IPL?
Similar to a laser they produce light which is absorbed by certain chromophores (colour) in the skin this then rapidly heats the target (blood vessels and melanin) to help reduce the concern.
How is it different to laser?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light they are similar to laser in that they produce light which can then be used to treat various conditions. The difference is in the way they are made, both have a light source but Ipl systems use filters which absorb light that you don’t want to use, where- as lasers pass through mediums such as a gas dye or solid.
Are lasers better than IPL?
This is a common question that many people ask and the answer will vary depending on what is being treated. Some things are better treated with IPl some with lasers, and we are lucky here to have both.
But I have had IPL before and it didn’t work
Another common phrase we hear. It really can depend, we believe that there are so many more IPL’s out there compared to laser and therefore there is bound to be more negative press. All machines vary in strength so there are some weak IPL’s out there and some strong ones, as is the same with laser. We only use medical grade IPL systems that are used in dermatology departments throughout the UK. Also consider the operator and there capabilities.
When would I have IPL?
Ipl is excellent at treating; redness, rosacea, red veins, freckles, sunspots, acne, and mild collagen stimulation. And has the advantage of being able to treat a few of those symptoms is one go.