Intense Pulsed Light

“Intense Pulsed Light” or “IPL” is an advanced, avant-garde technology which refers to the bursts of light emitted by a xenon “flash lamp” properly channelled to the surface of the skin through appropriate focusing optics.

This technological is the most effective and most comfortable system on the pulsed light market: energy is transmitted in the form of a single pulse of constant power. This technological advance makes it possible to work with optimal efficiency, while drastically reducing the risk of burning.

Contrary to “lasers” which emit a very narrow beam of light, generally in only one specific wave length, “IPL” devices release their light in a broad spectrum and a wide range of wave lengths.

It is therefore easy to understand that one “laser” will be dedicated to one specific treatment only while serious “IPL” devices will be able to treat a large variety of aesthetic problems, providing they are adequately fitted with reliable optic systems, filters and electronic programs.

How does it work?

When penetrating the skin, light is absorbed by natural pigments: the melanin, the haemoglobin and the water, called “chromophores”.

“Chromophores” then turn the light into heat and direct it to the treatment target.

Each treatment requires from the practitioner a strict and rigorous selection of the following 3 parameters which will determine how the light penetrates the skin:

  • An adequate wave length which will in turn determine the depth of penetration.
  • The duration of the burst of light or “pulse”.
  • The exact energy required

The increase of temperature in the target leads to its selective destruction without causing any damage to surrounding tissues.