Photorejuvenation by Intense Pulsed Light IPL

In the field of aesthetic medicine and skincare, technological advancements have led to the development of innovative and effective treatments to combat signs of aging. Among these technologies, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment stands out for its versatility and promising results. The Skin Marceau Clinic of aesthetic medicine and dermatology is at the forefront of these treatments, offering its clients an advanced photorejuvenation solution.

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What is IPL ?

IPL is a technology based on the emission of intense pulsed light. Unlike laser, which uses a single wavelength, IPL emits a broad spectrum of light that can be filtered and adjusted to target different skin concerns. This light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by targeted pigments or blood vessels, without damaging surrounding tissues.

IPL is thus capable of treating a variety of skin conditions, such as pigmentation spots, vascular lesions, acne, and can also stimulate collagen production, improving skin elasticity and texture.

Photorejuvenation by pulsed light: what are the indications?

IPL photorejuvenation is indicated for individuals looking to improve the appearance of their skin without invasive procedures. The main indications include :

  • Reduction of sun or age-related pigmentary spots (melasma, lentigos, etc.).
  • Reduction of vascular lesions, such as couperose, erythrosis, and rosacea.
  • Improvement of skin texture, making the complexion more even and radiant.
  • Treatment of acne and its scars.

The process of an IPL session at Skin Marceau

At Skin Marceau, an IPL session always begins with a preliminary consultation to assess the patient’s eligibility for treatment and discuss their expectations.

On the day of the session, the skin is cleansed, and a cold gel is applied to facilitate the transmission of light and protect the skin. Protective eyewear is provided to both the patient and the practitioner to shield against the intense pulsed light. The treatment lasts between 20 to 30 minutes, during which the device is gently passed over the targeted areas, emitting short pulses of light. A sensation of tingling or mild warmth may be experienced.

What to expect after IPL treatment?

The aftermath of an IPL treatment is generally mild and does not require a recovery period, allowing patients to resume their daily activities immediately. However, it’s important to follow the post-treatment advice provided by your dermatologist to ensure the best results and minimize the risk of complications.

Right after the session, it’s common to observe slight redness or a feeling of warmth in the treated areas, similar to a sunburn. These effects are temporary and typically subside within hours. In some cases, slight swelling may also occur, but it tends to resolve quickly.

In the days following your IPL session, make sure to keep your skin well hydrated, avoid applying harsh products, and protect yourself from the sun.

Are there any contraindications to IPL treatment?

Although IPL is a safe treatment, certain conditions may limit its use. Contraindications include :

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Presence of skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema in the areas to be treated.
  • Recent use of photosensitizing medications.
  • Very tanned or naturally very dark skin.
  • History of abnormal reactions to light.

What are the results of IPL photorejuvenation?

The results of a treatment with intense pulsed light can be noticed gradually, with a visible improvement in skin quality after several sessions. Dark spots fade, blood vessels become less visible, and the skin gains firmness and elasticity. The collagen production induced by the treatment contributes to a lasting rejuvenating effect. For optimal results, a protocol of multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart is generally recommended.