The definition of beauty has been redefined. No longer is beauty all about going the plain Jane way, but it’s about revoking the science of biology, to rectify skin imperfections and take off a few years from one’s skin.
In the name of rejuvenation and anti-ageing, many a beauty regimens have been introduced, but only a few have spelled perfection. One of them is a medical or rather a minimally invasive procedure involving intense pulse light or commonly referred to as IPL skin treatment.
IPL skin treatment is now gaining a lot of worldwide success rate, especially with people, who have the problem of excessive wrinkles or facial hair or skin imperfections. What it does is no less than miracle! Let’s see how the skin treatment works and a few do’s and don’ts of the treatment.
What Is IPL?
IPL is a technology that is used to correct skin imperfections. Practiced by medical practitioners and beauticians, the technology uses intense pulses of light, in different wavelengths for either hair removal or for improving skin elasticity. The wavelengths of light used, are in the range of 500-1200 nm.
How Does It Work?
For hair removal, the intense pulsed light is spread over the skin, which requires hair removal. It is believed that the light affects the hair shaft or root and instantly vaporizes it. This effect halts the blood and nutrient circulation to the rest of hair, by killing the hair papilla.
For skin toning, IPL is done by exposing the skin to controlled pulses of light, which stimulate the fibroblast cells to produce collagen and elastin, important for elasticity. This helps in making the skin toned, elastic and more radiant. By toning, it means that the skin pores are closed and the skin is tightened, to give a uniform appearance. However, this treatment is more effective on people, who have a rough and highly wrinkled skin. This treatment is also called photo rejuvenation or photo facial by some.
IPL is quick and a gentle process of healing the skin. It does not disrupt or interfere with any skin metabolic activities and helps the patients see fruitful results from one sitting itself.
The skin is cleansed, followed by the application of a mild skin peel. The peel removes the dead cells of the skin, making it smooth and fresh.
Post the peel, the skin is slathered with a chilled gel, to allow easy penetration of the intense pulsed light into the skin’s deeper layers. Prior to this, the patient is advised to wear sunglasses to protect the eyes.
The light applicator is drawn near the skin and is then thrown, in controlled short bursts. This process is continued in the entire area, where the treatment is required. After the procedure is over, the chilled gel is carefully removed and moisturized.
The best part is that unlike other cosmetic surgical procedures, the IPL doesn’t call for any anesthesia. The process should not be confused with laser therapy too, because it does not involve any laser-coherent or monochromatic light for treating skin.
Potential Side Effects
The procedure does not result in any side effects other than skin redness and skin warming, which disappear in few hours. For good results, the IPL treatment should be performed every 2-3 weeks for 8-9 months or 6 sittings max. One sitting of IPL takes no longer than 45 minutes.
Sometimes, a cooling pack is applied to soothe skin irritation, if any. Sometimes, people also observe a slight darkening of skin spots. However, the spots soon dry and fall off, revealing a clear smooth skin.
This treatment is good for those, who have fair and highly imperfect skin, in terms of skin spots, facial hair or wrinkles. However, if the skin is damaged, it’s often allowed to heal before performing IPL.
Skin damages, to the tune of acne, lesions, open wounds, moles or skin burns are treated first, before performing the treatment.
Important Points To Remember
It’s important to go to a beauty studio or a medical practitioner, who is reputed for conducting IPL treatments. It doesn’t matter if he/she is costly, what matters is that your skin should be in safe and expert hands.
A good medical practitioner or a beauty studio will often guide you to IPL through a proper skin consultation. From lifestyle, to medical history, all aspects are covered during the consultation to help you achieve maximum results out of the treatment.
Before embarking on the final treatment, ensure that they acquire a written consent from you and also perform a patch test to assess skin reaction, if any. The consultation will be helpful for a patient to know about the relative effective of the treatment and the possible side effects of the intense pulsed on your skin.