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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) – Frequently Asked Questions

IPL is another term used for AFT laser treatments.

AFT is the new generation of IPL laser technology, which selectively targets skin irregularities through the application of photothermolysis (see next question) into the dermis. Although it can be used on most areas of the body, at Dr. Torgerson’s Cosmetic Laser Clinic, IPL laser treatments are used to correct various conditions on the skin of the face, neck, décolleté, and hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Photothermolysis?
To better understand what photothermolysis means, it can be broken down to three segments:

Photo – refers to the absorption of light (PHOTONS) in pigments in the skin such as melanin
Thermo – pertains to the transformation of absorbed light into heat (THERMO)
Lysis – is the description of the destruction of the target cells caused by high temperatures

What Conditions Can IPL Treatments Treat?
IPL treatments can target numerous skin conditions such as

– sun spots
– brown spots
– blemishes
– freckles
– broken blood vessels and veins
– rosacea
– fine lines
– lesions
– moles

How Do IPL Treatments Improve The Above-Mentioned Skin Conditions?
Photorejuvenation with IPL treatments is an effective way to eliminate or reduce pigmentation in the skin of the face, neck, chest, hand, and most other areas on the body. IPL works by

– removing sunspots by lightening the darkened pigments areas
– lightening age spots commonly seen on mature skin
– reducing and removing brown spots on the face and neck and hands (the skin most exposed to sunlight)
– lightening and lowering redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels, and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck, and chest
– help manage skin flushing
– improving skin quality and texture
– stimulating collagen
– reducing wrinkles and fine lines
– reducing pore size and decreasing oil production in the pores and skin

Who Can Receive IPL Treatments?
IPL photofacial treatments can substantially improve skin quality in people who have the following symptoms:

– Prolonged exposure to direct sun-damaged skin that looks blotchy and discoloured
– Large pores
– Freckles
– Wrinkles
– Skin laxity
– Dark blemishes

Patients with dark or heavily tanned skin can sometimes be subject to complications following IPL treatments. A consultation with one of our qualified professionals is the best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for IPL photofacial treatments.

Are IPL Treatments Painful?
IPL treatments are delivered with the sensation of heat from the hand piece, which is operated by your technician. Patients can expect to feel a short, quick zap of energy to the treated area. The sensation is that of a light snap from a rubber band. IPL treatments cause very little discomfort and are usually tolerated very well.
Is There Post-Treatment After-Care Instructions Associated With IPL?
The recovery from IPL treatments is very short and quick, as there was minimal damage caused to the skin during the treatment. The following are precautionary recommendations following IPL treatments:

– No sun tanning outside or inside
– No hot baths or showers
– No wet or dry sauna use
– No swimming in chlorinated pools, hot tubs, and spas
– No perfumed lotions or soaps on the treated skin
– No AHA, glycolic, salicylic, or depilatory creams on the treated area

Dr. Torgerson and his knowledgeable staff can provide you with more details on the post-treatment instructions and guidelines to follow after IPL treatments so you can end up with beautiful, long-lasting results. If you are interested in IPL treatments, contact our office to book your consultation to receive your skin analysis and treatment plan options.

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