Intense pulsed light (IPL) a cosmetic skin treatment. People may use it to reduce the signs of aging or remove unwanted hair. Other uses include reducing the appearance of scars, lightening darker patches of skin, and improving the appearance of spider veins. IPL works in a similar way to laser therapy. The difference is that where laser therapy delivers a single wavelength of light energy, IPL delivers multiple wavelengths. This means that IPL can treat a larger area of skin in a shorter time than laser therapy.
This article will explain how IPL works and what people use it for. It will also examine its safety and effectiveness and look at the possible risks and side effects of the procedure.
How does IPL work?
IPL uses light energy to target accurately and remove pigmented or damaged skin cells or hair follicles.
Using a handheld device, a medical professional will target multiple wavelengths of light onto the skin. This light heats cells in the skin and breaks them down. The body then removes the damaged tissue naturally.