Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-invasive skin procedure. Aside from being safe, it is also swift and easy. It is used to treat various skin problems and is usually carried out by medical practitioners. The procedure employs a light beam which is comprised of specific wavelengths that targets a variety of chromophores present in the skin.

The Procedure:

The whole process may take about 20 minutes. The specialist will begin the procedure by applying a cold gel on the area to be treated. After which, the glass surface of the IPL, with a smooth and has pulses of light will be applied on the skin. The light energy is converted into heat energy which influences the chromospheres of that area which eventually leads to the fragmentation of the targeted tissue and is then subsequently absorbed without any harm to the nearby tissues. Another way of doing this is by provoking the skin’s deeper layers to manufacture more collagen. The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) leaves the skin rejuvenated and even. Another thing that the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) popularly does is to remove extra hair or the unwanted hair on parts of the body such as the legs, chest, arms, back, moustache, face, pubic, and armpit. The process is the same; the light beam is focussed on the targeted area and is applied. The light after travelling to the skin reaches the hair shaft. The light energy is converted to heat energy and leads to immediate vapourization of the hair shaft or bulb. However, IPL is not a permanent hair removal technique. The unwanted hairs can only be reduced but they cannot be removed permanently by way of IPL.

Skin Problems that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treat include the following:

  • Birthmarks
  • Signs of photo-ageing
  • Blemishes
  • Brown skin pigmentation
  • Unwanted hair
  • Poikiloderma
  • Freckles
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Acne Rosacea
  • Mottled pigmentation
  • Even damaged veins and capillaries
  • Age spots
  • Wrinkles

The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) does not require an anaesthetic because it is not a painful procedure. However some people may feel a bit of discomfort and require anaesthesia to lessen the pain.

To obtain the desired effect, it is recommended to undergo 4 to 6 sessions of IPL treatments. And also in order to maintain the results, this therapy is required after every 6 months.


  1. It is not allowed if you have had a recent skin waxing.
  2. It is not permitted to those with skin cancer and contagious skin infections.
  3. It is contraindicated for those with hyperthyroidism, epilepsy and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  4. It is not allowed for pregnant women or those who are breast feeding.
  5. It is not allowed for those with untreated herpes infection, open skin wounds or severe injury of the skin, sunburn, or keloids.
It is always recommended to consult your physician before undergoing the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) procedure.

Minor Risks and Complications:

  • feelings of soreness
  • feelings of discomfort
  • feelings of pain
  • swelling
  • redness like a sunburn
  • alteration of pigmentation
  • particular area of the skin may look darker or lighter in the form of patches