Intense Pulsed Light uses a principle called selective photothermolysis to treat the skin. This is the same principle used by lasers. Unlike a laser, which consists of one single wavelength of light, IPL devices use a broad band of wavelengths. By filtering the wavelengths we are able to selectively target various components of the skin, specifically the brown colour of pigmentation and the red colour present in blood within facial capillaries. IPL can also target the pigment in the hair root and therefore is utilised for hair reduction treatment. Most people who use IPL to rejuvenate the discoloration of their skin also notice an improvement in the general quality and vibrancy of the skin after treatment. Read more about the Skin Radiance effect of IPL in Dr Kylie’s blog.
There are a number of IPL devices on the market, however, not all devices are equivalent in the number of treatment sessions required or the end result. The Ellipse Flex IPL at Cosmetique Solutions is a top-end device manufactured in Denmark. This particular model is only available to medical practitioners. The power output of the Ellipse Flex is much higher than most of the typical “beauty salon” devices and this equates to a superior result with fewer treatments.