Laser treatments have come a long way eversince their first appearance which is estimated to be sometime in the mid nineties. Those who are familiar with tattoo removal are likely to have heard about having your tattoo removed with lasers. However, there is another procedure which involves a highly sophisticated machine that produces a very high intensity beam of light directly to the tattooed area. The name of that technique is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment which is often abbreviated as IPL.
Main purpose of IPL treatments is to remove marks which cannot be wiped off the skin through any other method such as acne scars and stretch marks. The working of this treatment is very much the same like other laser treatments which involve light energy absorption into particular target skin cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. When light energy is converted to heat energy this results in damaging the specific target area. Unlike standard laser, several wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light are delivered instead of just one wavelength.
IPL therapy is thought to be a non-invasive technique for resurfacing the skin. This means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without harming the top layers of skin (epidermis). Nevertheless, results of IPL are not as striking as invasive resurfacing in which both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The plus point of IPL therapy is that it is quick and a patient can resume routine activities immediately after the treatment.
Where we have advantages of something the draw backs are also there. If we talk about IPL, the major disadvantage because of which many people do not like to go for it is the cost. According to sources, one single session will require several pulses and each session can bill as much as $300 to $600. For a complex treatment, the bill can mount up to thousand dollars. Apart from this, patient has to avoid exposure of the treated area to the sunlight.
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