What Is IPL?
The Lumenis® IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Acne treatment enables your physician to greatly improve your skin appearance, reduce your acne, while at the same time treat the redness and pigmentation of your skin. The unique Lumenis® IPL technology utilizes light flashes over the treated area, triggering biochemical response that will eventually kill the bacteria within the pores. IPL is a non-invasive solution on inflammatory acne with less collateral effects than oral medication.
Is it right for me?
Lumenis® energy-based treatments are not suitable for everyone and carry some risks. IPL for acne is not suitable when you have active viral or fungal skin conditions or skin cancer. Risks may include: redness, swelling and change of pigmentation. We offer free consultations before choosing this treatment.
How Does It Work?
The IPL is one of the most commonly administered form of light therapy in dermatological applications. IPL systems are designed to deliver many rapid, high intensity and controlled pulses of light. The controlled pulsing prevents thermal damage to your skin and minimizes discomfort. IPL technology allows to treat your acne with specific wavelengths of light which target the bacteria in the skin, as well as inflamed sebaceous glands that contribute to breakouts.
IPL energy at various wavelengths is also used to selectively destroy pigment clusters, blood-filled capillary veins, or hair, depending on the intended nature of the treatment. Lumenis® IPL with Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™) enables your clinician to customize the treatment according to your skin type and desired results. Light pulses penetrate the tissue and create heat, targeting the skin imperfection in a controlled manner.
Does it hurt?
To ensure utmost comfort, we apply cold coupling gel on the treatment area. Depending on your specific concern, you can expect the session to last 15-20 minutes. You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin, but the treatment is gentle and should not feel uncomfortable.
When Will I See Results?
During the Lumenis® IPL Acne treatment, short pulses of intense light are emitted from an applicator onto your skin. The light penetrates through various skin layers and helps killing acne bacteria and reducing the inflammation or sebum excess (skin oil) production that characterizes acne. It will take a series of treatments in order to kill the bacteria, as per severity phase. To achieve optimal results, it may take typically 4-6 sessions with a recess of 4 weeks in between treatments.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience some redness, depending on your customized treatment settings. The redness will usually disappear within a few hours. In most cases, makeup may be applied immediately, and daily activities can be resumed the very same day. You will need to stay out of direct sun for a few days following the treatment and to apply sun screen.
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