An Introduction to the IPL

Clinicians have used Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) aesthetic devices for a variety of treatments since the technology first gained prevalence in the late 1990s. While IPLs have seen continuous and consistent innovation over the years, the essential mechanism has been reliably steadfast – with results that give both practitioners and patients confidence in this effective non-invasive treatment option.

IPLs: Versatile and Dependable

When it comes to pigmentation, acne, and even hair removal for certain skin types, aesthetic practitioners regard IPL devices as the workhorse in their clinics. But many professionals aren’t sure about the benefits and disadvantages of these aesthetic Swiss Army Knives. Let’s explore the pros and cons of IPL devices.

What is an IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light – a title that highlights the distinguishing mechanism of this technology compared to other medical aesthetic devices. Although it was originally created to address vascular concerns like spider telangiectasia, the IPL’s therapeutic applications now vary from photorejuvenation to chronic dry eye treatment. It’s an extensive list that appeals to professionals from many disciplines and practices.

How does an IPL device work?

IPLs like our MediLight deliver broad-spectrum pulses of light to the treatment area via handheld applicator. These pulses incorporate various durations and wavelengths, typically in the range of 400 to 12nm. The light integrates a spectral range capable of targeting, heating, and destroying specific chromophores, depending on the area and condition being treated. The resulting particles are ultimately absorbed and eliminated via the body’s natural processes.

The IPL and Its Many Applications

IPLs offer a highly-regarded range of trusted aesthetic applications, including:

  • Hair Removal
  • Acne Reduction
  • Skin Rejuvenation
    • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sporadic pigmentation, and diffused redness
  • Pigmentation Lesions
    • Reducing or removing epidermal and dermal pigmentation, lentigines, and birthmarks
  • Vascular Lesions
    • Treatment of telangiectasias and port wine stains

Although skin type, condition, and other contraindications may apply, the IPL’s many treatment capabilities make this device uniquely versatile. That’s why practitioners love devices like our MediLight. Just one device can be used for a broad menu of treatments – with consistently great results.

What are the advantages of using an IPL device?

Here are a few of the main benefits that make IPL devices a favorite tool in the skincare clinic:

  • Quick results
  • Versatility
  • Non-invasive
  • Particularly effective on photodamaged skin
  • Easy operation
  • Little to no downtime
  • Consistent results with safe operation

What are the disadvantages of using an IPL device?

IPL technology isn’t necessarily for everyone. As we mentioned, some treatments may be inappropriate for specific skin types. Practitioners need to be particularly careful when treating darker skin tones with an IPL. The mechanism of IPL devices means extra caution is needed.

It may not offer drastic results. The IPL simply cannot substitute for other technologies that may be more effective. However, those options may be more costly or invasive than IPL treatments, so patients who prefer less potent modalities are a great match for devices like our MediLight. Additionally, an IPL may be a very effective complement to those treatments and technologies. There’s certainly still a place in every practice for IPL devices.

IPL for Aesthetic Practitioners: Key Takeaways

Despite the extensive history of IPL technology, it is hardly obsolete. In fact, it continues to be a clinic essential for aesthetic practitioners everywhere. As one of the most versatile energy-based devices in the industry, there’s very little an IPL can’t do for skincare professionals.

By adding an IPL device to your practice, you can offer a broader variety of treatments to a more diverse range of clients. And if you’re looking for the ultimate IPL, Medicreations can help. Talk to our specialists today to learn more about our MediLight, along with our suite of innovative aesthetic devices.