Beauty and Appearance

 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

What is Intense Pulsed Light therapy

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of vascular lesions, broken facial capillaries, Rosacea, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and removal of unwanted dark hair.  This treatment is performed by a Physician, Nurse or technician trained in IPL procedures.

The process of rejuvenating aging and damaged skin using IPL is referred to as photo rejuvenation and requires a series of treatments for optimal results.

IPL technology uses a high-powered, hand-held, computer-controlled flashgun to deliver an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light (400 to 1200 nm). The light energy of the device is converted to heat energy in the skin. Various cut-off filters are commonly used to selectively filter out lower wavelengths, especially ultra violet light. The resulting light has a spectral range that targets specific structures and chromophores (such as melanin in hair, or oxyhemoglobin in blood vessels), that are heated to destruction and the remnants reabsorbed by the body.

IPL shares some similarities with laser treatments.  Both use light to heat and destroy their targets.  Lasers use a single wavelength (1500 nm or about 1900nm) of light that typically matches only one chromophore target in the skin, hence only one condition.  IPL uses a broad spectrum and with appropriate filters, allowing it to be used against several conditions.

Side Effects of IPL

Although IPL is considered to be very safe and effective, side effects can occur.  The FDA has received adverse event reports of burns, blisters, scarring, and skin discolorations.  One of the main factors contributing to these complications was the failure to adhere to the device’s operation and maintenance instructions.  The light and heat help tighten the skin by producing wounds to specific components of the skin, such as collagen. As the skin heals, it tightens and texture improves.

To produce the best possible outcome and avoid any negative side effects, a pre and post IPL program will strengthen and renew the skin for faster, improved healing.  Begin this home care program one month in advance of your first scheduled IPL treatment.

Pre-IPL Protocol; twice daily

  1. Gently cleanse the skin with the NeoGenesis Cleanser

  2. Apply 4 to 6 drops of NeoGenesis Recovery serum to the face and neck, including the eye area

  3. Finish with Intensive Moisturizer or Barrier Renewal Cream

  4. Always wear a chemical free sunscreen during the day
     

Allow 14 days for the skin to fully heal.  During this time, a post treatment protocol is recommended for complete healing.

Post-IPL Protocol; twice daily

  1. Gently cleanse the skin with the NeoGenesis Cleanser

  2. Mist with the NeoGenesis Moisturizing Mist

  3. Apply 4 to 6 drops of NeoGenesis Recovery serum to the face and neck, including the eye area

  4. May apply NeoGenesis Booster or Skin Serum here if skin is particularly dry

  5. Finish with Barrier Renewal Cream

  6. Always wear a chemical free sunscreen during the day

  7. Spritz the Moisturizing Mist throughout the day, as needed for soothing relief
     

Once the skin has achieved complete healing, Recovery serum may be continued at twice per day or a maintenance dose may be started at once per day or 3 to 4 times per week.  Booster or Skin Serum may be used with Recovery or alternate daily use, followed by Light Moisturizer, Intensive Moisturizer or Barrier Renewal Cream, twice daily.

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