What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin. The selected light waves target chromophores (color pigments) such as melanin in brown spots and freckles; and such as hemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen. IPL treats all conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface.

Who can receive treatment?

Intense Pulsed Light targets the color pigment (melanin) in the hairs. Therefore white hairs cannot be treated. Dark hairs on fair skin have the best and quickest results. Fair hairs will require extra treatments with lesser results. Caution is required when treating hairs on darker skins; this is explained below and would be discussed more fully during your consultation.

How does it work?

The hair growth cycle:


Hairs grow in constant cycles: Firstly hairs are actively growing, then they become dormant (resting), and finally they loosen and shed, only to be replaced by more new, actively growing hairs. Only hair follicles in the active growth stage are disabled by IPL treatments. Hairs in the dormant stage of the growth cycle normally remain anchored in the follicles for weeks or months, depending on their location, but their follicles and associated hair germination cells are not disabled by IPL treatments. These follicles will be treated in subsequent sessions. This is why you need repeated sessions. Hair growth becomes sparser with each session. All treated hairs should shed within about two weeks.

The skin rejuvenation:

before and after images of IPL laser treatment patients

  • Skin Tone and Re-texture
  • Pigmentation
  • Vascular Lesions
  • Acne & Rosacea

Skin Rejuvenation is also known as photo-rejuvenation – the non-invasive, non-surgical face lift. The Intense Pulsed Light is absorbed by colour particles which are present in blood and in melanin. The IPL also treats the propioni-bacterium in acne and protein present in cells which produce collagen. Pigmentation marks slowly come to the skin’s surface and are shed naturally. Vascular lesions dissipate into the lymphatic system for excretion, just as bruises do. Enlarged pores, minor pitting and scarring diminish and fade. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened and may virtually disappear. Collagen & elastin production increases.

Treatment Process

This outpatient procedure is likely performed in the physician’s office with no anesthesia. First, the doctor will shave the area that is to be treated. The area is then covered with gel. When the light is applied, a slight stinging sensation is common. After treatment, most of the hair is wiped off along with the gel. The remaining hair, however, should fall out over the next several weeks.

What should you expect after treatment?

Results vary from patient to patient. They are dependent on both skin type and the extent of the procedure. Some side effects could result, including redness and swelling. These are both common and positive side effects. These clinical results show that the follicle was properly damaged and removed from the skin. This treatment is typically administered over four to six sessions and yield great, long-lasting results!