Switching On The Light

If you are considering your options for painless and effective hair removal that is backed by scientific research then IPL is worth investigating. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is used by both medical practitioners and beauty salons for permanent hair removal as well as removing blemishes like liver spots and acne scar reduction. As it uses a radio frequency technology it is effective in revitalising sagging and loose skin areas and is often used to tighten the skin in areas where weight loss has left a corresponding area of excess skin. IPL has also been shown to reduce cellulite and can help in reshaping the body as it has a fat cavitation function. A cavitation is a small gap in the tissue of the body into which intracellular fat can be dissolved. This technique is known as Hydrolipoclasy and is a specialised treatment that is usually combined with injections to eliminate fat most commonly in a medical setting.

IPL uses a broad spectrum light source with a spectral range of 515 to 1200nm. Unlike laser clinic Moonee Ponds, the broad spectrum of IPL has the ability to filter the light spectrum to target chromophores in the skin. A chromophore is the part of a molecule that is responsible for its colour. When the molecule absorbs wavelengths of visible light, the colour is produced. This makes IPL especially suitable for vascular therapy which targets small broken blood vessels under the skin as well as reducing the appearance of freckles and birthmarks. 

IPL has several other advantages over laser therapies as it can work faster and treat a larger area of skin at one time, making it a cost effective option. IPL can also treat a wider range of skin conditions than just hair removal. Photo rejuvenation is a popular IPL treatment and involves treating sun affected skin by inducing controlled wounds on the skin so that it heals itself with undamaged new skin cells.

When looking at purchasing a machine for home use or for your beauty salon, there is no distinction between the machines used by medical practitioners and those that are beauty grade machines. If you are choosing between IPL and a laser therapy unit, remember that IPL has the capacity to treat a wider range of conditions, is painless, non-invasive and has fewer side effects than laser hair removal.

IPL was first used for hair removal in 1997 and has a proven effectiveness of up to 60% success. As IPL is also used in medical practice it has a scientific backing that laser therapy does not have. This is a good marketing tool for your business as well as being able to offer your clients a higher quality service that works faster and is more effective.