FAQ of IPL Treatment

How does IPL machine work?
The IPL hand piece delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is different from the narrow band light of lasers. IPL, which stands for intensed pulsed light, is non-ablative meaning that is does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched. There are different versions of IPL available on the market that target different structures in the skin. The thermal effect of IPL machine also causes production of new collagen, leading to improvement in wrinkles.
What are IPL’s advantages?
As discussed above, IPL does not damage the skin surface, unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time.¡¨ Treatments take approximately 30-45 minutes. Patients can apply makeup before leaving the office and return to work the same day. There is also minimal pain with IPL, unlike laser or radiofrequency resurfacing which both require topical anesthetic. Also, with IPL, a larger area can be treated at one time than with laser treatment.
What are IPL is disadvantages?
Given that there is little damage to the skin surface, several treatments may be required to see the desired effect. For best results, approximately 4-6 treatments, spaced 3 weeks apart, are needed. Side effects can include transient redness. Minimizing sun exposure can reduce these side effects.
How much does IPL cost?
Prices usually vary according to the ipl treatment size. The average cost for a FotoFacial/IPL is $350 - $600 each treatment, for body is higher depending on the body part. A consultation with a fotofacial specialist and the number of treatments needed will determine your ipl treatment cost.
Are the Results Permanent?
The laser has been cleared by the FDA for hair removal and permanent hair reduction on all skin types and tanned skin. To achieve a satisfactory level of clearance, 3-5 treatments are typically required.
Is IPL treatmenIt safe?
Yes, IPL treatmen is very safe. Some people may experience mild reddening of the treatment area for a day or so after treatment, but other complications are rare. The Intense Pulsed Light system delivers energy to the skin very gently.
What happens during a treatment?
It begins by trimming away the hair above the skin. Then, a cool gel is spread over the treatment area. The IPL handpiece is then applied to the skin and pulses of light a released from the handpiece and begin to disable unwanted hair. When the gel is removed, much of the treated hair is wiped off with it. The remaining hair in the treated area falls out over the next two weeks.
Can IPL machine damage or burn the skin?
IPL being more advanced than other systems, has a separate cooling system around the treatment head and also has an in-built cooling system. This provides effective and safe treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
The amount of treatments required will vary from person to person and also the treatment area. For most people an average of four to six sessions are required to permanently reduce hair. Various factors that come into play with the number of treatments such as the color of your hair and skin, as well as factors such as hormone levels, hair follicle size and hair cycles.
How long do the IPL treatments take?
We can treat some areas within 15 minutes. Others, such as the back or legs, may require 30-60 minutes. Our registered nurse can advise you of the approx required time for treatment.
What will I see after the treatment?
Depending on the individual, hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The hairs will fall out after 1-3 weeks. During this period the hairs will seem to 'grow' as they are pushed out by the new epidermis. After treatment the hairs are loose in the follicle and can sometimes be easily pulled out with tweezers or by simply exfoliating.
Should I be doing anything in preparation for my treatment?
You should avoid sun exposure and tanning (including artificial tanning products and procedures) before and after your treatments. An SPF of 30 or higher should be used on treatment areas before and after the procedure
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