Intense pulsed light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a non-invasive technology used to perform various skin treatments including hair removal and photo rejuvenation (photo facial). The technology utilities a broad spectrum light source as opposed to the single wavelengths produced by lasers. It can be used to treat sun damage, lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, spider veins, freckles, and age spots and for the reduction of unwanted dark hair.
At our Vancouver, BC clinic, the procedure of rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photo rejuvenation and requires a series of IPL treatments.
How does it work?
IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength
IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome.
The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – you can often have the procedure done in your lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards. Our skilled and experienced technicians at our Vancouver, BC clinic are expertly trained to provide you with an effective and comfortable treatment experience. We are proudly serving the Coal Harbour and Vancouver, BC communities. Contact us to learn more or book an appointment.