Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL, short for intense pulsed light, uses short blasts of a polychromatic, high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin’s surface, damaging either the melanin that makes up brown “age spots” or the blood vessels that create broken capillaries. The skin repairs the damage, leaving you with a more even skin tone. IPL is also touted as a way to boost collagen, elastin and permanently reduce hair.
Permanent hair reduction involves a flash of light containing hundreds of wavelengths. The Melanin within the hair follicles is targeted, heating and damaging the follicles in an active growth cycle. Only hairs that have colour can be treated, so white and grey hairs won’t respond.
It generally takes a series of treatments to see the best results, perhaps three to six treatments, usually a month apart.