Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) - Glenys Steed Beauty Therapy

By: Glenys Steed Beauty Therapy  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Hair Removal, Intense Pulsed Light, Ipl Treatment

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a revolutionary new beauty treatment. It is becoming widely recognised for its ability to improve skin conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots (freckles), broken blood vessels, uneven skin tone and much more. It is also the most effective way to remove unwanted hair.

The beauty of IPL treatments is they can be performed safely on the face, neck, chest, or any other part of the body. And the results are truly remarkable.

How much does it cost?

How does IPL treatment work?

In a nutshell, the therapist spreads an amount of cooling gel thinly over the area to be treated. Then the optical head is guided over this area and light flashes are instantaneously discharged on the skin. The whole area is covered in the same manner. A typical treatment session takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.

You may feel a slight discomfort but that quickly disappears after treatment. Furthermore a mild to moderate redness immediately after treatment that normally disappears after 24 hours maximum may occur. A temporary increase or decrease in skin pigmentation may also occur.

How long does a treatment take?

As a rule of thumb a treatment will on average take less time than waxing. Smaller areas, such as the face or back of the neck, can be done in a minute. Larger area such as a pair of legs can take up to half an hour but usually nearer to the twenty minutes.

How many treatments do I need?

Four to six treatments on average. This of course depends on several factors such as your hair growth and skin type. Intense Pulse Light disables hair follicles in the active stage of hair growth cycle. The follicles in the dormant stage are not affected by the Intense Pulse Light but when they become active will be treated at the subsequent treatments.

How do the results of IPL beauty light compare with laser-based hair removal systems?

IPL beauty light delivers the longest lasting results available today. You can achieve a permanent reduction of hair re-growth of about 20 to 28% after only one treatment. The most dramatic changes normally occur after the second treatment. Multiple treatments (normally from 4 to 8) can reach 80% of hair reduction in various body areas. Only few people may require extra treatments. Secondly it is quicker. The size of an IPL optical window (spot size) is much larger than the laser equivalent and therefore covers a much larger area per flash.

What can it be used to treat?

Treatment of Unwanted Hair

IPL is more effective than waxing, electrolysis or laser treatment at removing unwanted hair. It can be used for all parts of trhe body (upper lip, chin, legs or anywhere you have unwanted hair), can lead to a lasting confidence of being hair free and give you the freedom you previously only dreamt about.

Suitable for both women and men, IPL works by selectively damaging actively growing hair follicles and causing their destruction. Women can say goodbye to regular waxing and shaving, and men can take care of that hairy back or chest permanently. After a few treatments, almost all of the hair will be permanently removed.

Visible Wrinkle Reduction

IPL can be used with great effect to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by softening and smoothing the skin and encouraging the production of natural collagen. There is no downtime with this procedure, so it is perfect for the face, chest, neck and hands.

Photo Rejuvenation

Sun damage and the effects of ageing can leave the skin looking tired and prematurely aged, resulting in hyper-pigmentation and unsightly age spots. IPL treatment can make a real difference, leaving your skin refined, refreshed and revitalised.

What is the difference between laser and Intense Pulse Light?

Laser is a single colour of light, which means all the rays are the same wavelength. There are a number of different lasers used for hair removal. Their effectiveness varies with what the wavelength is. Some lasers are very effective, others are not so good, which is why one hears a lot of variation in results.

Intense Pulsed Light is broad spectrum light, made up of a range of wavelengths and colours. This range means one can treat more hair types effectively, with more consistent results. Besides removing hair from face and all body areas, Intense Pulsed Light has other uses. It can treat sun damage, pigmentation on face, hands and chests, small blood vessels and diffuse redness found on the face and chest.

Keywords: Hair Removal, Intense Pulsed Light, Ipl Treatment, Pulsed Light

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