Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

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What ipl treatS.

How does the procedure work?

Intense pulsed light machines work in a similar way to lasers but use a range of wavelengths to treat multiple skin issues at once, although, they are less specific. The target in the skin absorbs the light energy which is then converted to heat, causing damage. IPL can be used to improve the appearance of birthmarks such as port wine stains as well as broken blood vessels, flushed cheeks, freckles, age spots, sunspots, pigmentation, sun damage and can be used as a hair removal technique for dark hair.

What will the patient experience during the procedure? 

A topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area before treatment and a cold gel is then applied. The patient wears safety glasses during the procedure although this is not quite as critical as it is with lasers. The light is passed over the treatment area
delivering precise pulses. IPL treatments are usually less painful than other facial rejuvenation techniques. The patient is required to stay in the clinic and ice the area for a minimum of 15 minutes after the procedure.

What can the patient expect after the procedure 

After the treatment patients may experience a feeling of mild sunburn that can last for the remainder of the day. Redness and swelling is common and may last for one to two days. Some scabbing and even blistering may be seen, especially if brown spots are treated.

The div team demonstrates the ipl procedure

Intense pulsed light (IPL) can be used to treat multiple skin issues at once as demonstrated in this video by the team at The Dermatology Institute of Victoria. With very little recovery time it is a great versatile procedure.

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