HOW DOES IPL WORK?
IPL is a non-invasive procedure in which a light source is used to correct skin irregularities. A cold gel is first applied to the skin. Next, the patient is fitted with protective eyewear to shield the light source in case of accidental exposure to the eyes. Finally, the light source is directed to the problem area skin.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE ?
Both men and women can receive IPL treatment. Dark-skinned individuals and those who are tanned are discouraged from the treatment. Other patients who are on medications such as tetracycline that react with light; patients who are taking anticoagulants or have a history of a bleeding disorder; patients with diabetes; and patients who form keloid or hypertrophic scars.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
Generally, four to six sessions approximately three weeks apart are necessary. At times, anywhere from one to ten sessions may be necessary depending upon the site. Each treatment session can last between 15 and 45 minutes. It is important to divide the treatment into multiple sessions so that any risk of the procedure is dramatically reduced. Futhermore, gradual improvement is more natural appearing and minimizes the neeed to camouflage immediate post-treatment effects.