Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light treatments are one of the most popular light-based skin rejuvenation treatments used in dermatology. Unlike lasers that typically utilize only one wavelength or color of light to target a single component within the skin (such as pigment, hemoglobin or water), IPL uses a broad band of colored light representing essentially all of the colors of the rainbow. This important difference allows IPL treatments to target multiple structures within the skin in a single treatment.
Another important difference is that lasers frequently ablate or destroy the intended target within the skin. IPL treatments result in a more subtle wounding of the intended target of the skin, allowing the skin to gradually digest old cells and turn over new collagen and tissue. This non-ablative approach translates into treatment with very little or no downtime for healing.
What Makes Photorejuvenation with the Lumenis One Special?
Lumenis One is a true fourth generation Intense Pulsed Light system with a patented state of the art technology which optimizes power, pulsing and light delivery to provide maximum results, comfort and safety. Lumenis invented IPL and continues to perfect it. While other practices may promote similar treatment with cheaper, lower-powered technology, there is a visible difference in results. Our practice believes in providing only the very best treatment for our patients and has made the investment in the Lumenis One.
How Does Lumenis One Work?
The Lumenis One delivers a special range of wavelengths of light in customizable pulses through a sapphire crystal gently onto your skin. The light is absorbed either superficially by broken capillaries and dark pigment or deeper by larger vessels and collagen. Dilated blood vessels shrink or coagulate, pigmented lesions darken and then slough off and new collagen fibers are laid down, giving the skin a renewed and more youthful appearance.
Photorejuvenation with Lumenis One can be used to treat any area of the body. The most common areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.
How is Photorejuvenation Performed?
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and the eyes are protected from the intensely bright light that is similar to a camera flash. The smooth, cold surface of the sapphire crystal is gently touched to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight stinging sensation like the snapping of a rubber band. An anesthetic cream may be used, but is not always required. Each treatment typically takes about 20 minutes. In general, excellent long term results can usually be achieved with a series of three to four treatments.
Why Are Multiple Treatments Necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating and the severity of each, a series of three to four treatments is recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all of your regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk, preserving the convenience of a “no downtime” procedure.