Probably the greatest revolution in skin treatment in the last decade has been the arrival of Intense Pulsed Light or IPL. Laser Skin Care was the first clinic in Western Australia to trial and use Intense Pulsed Light, and our doctors have over 10 years experience in this method using the Venus Versa IPL systems.
IPL (otherwise known as Intense Pulse Light) uses light based technology to help treat the appearance of sun damaged skin, fade dark spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, reduce large pores and diffuse redness caused by broken capillaries or Rosacea.
It works by delivering Intense Pulsed Light technology below the skin’s surface, light is absorbed by the melanin responsible for brown ‘age spots’ or ‘sun spots’ and also the blood vessels that are responsible for broken capillaries. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue, improving the overall look and tone of the skin, while boosting skin firmness and elasticity, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
IPL is perfect for those patients who are ready to reverse years of sun damage, but are not yet in need of a more invasive procedure. Although results will be seen after one treatment, IPL treatments are commonly done in a series of 3-4 treatments, a treatment 3 to 4 weeks apart.
The Venus Versa is a doctor’s only IPL system which experienced IPL users find to be the most powerful and flexible IPL unit on the market today.
The human body contains two natural pigments that are targeted for Venus Versa IPL treatment. When these pigments receive a flash of filtered light, they absorb the light and convert light energy to heat energy. This is a process called “Selective Photothermolysis”.
By carefully filtering the light, selecting the correct amount of energy and how long the flash lasts it is possible to treat specific sites (such as hair or age spots) without damaging the surrounding tissue. The pigment melanin is targeted when removing hair or treating brown marks.
Dark hair, age spots, freckles and similar pigment disorders contain higher levels of the pigment than elsewhere in the skin.
With pigmented skin Venus Versa IPL treatment targets melanin (for example in age-spots), but also targets another substance, haemoglobin, which is found in blood (and therefore, in blood vessels). This is targeted during treatments for Port Wine Stain, rosacea as well as the diffuse redness caused by sun-damage. The IPL treatment heats up the vessels, causing them to collapse and shrink.
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