intense pulsed light
What does IPL stand for?
The IPL method effectively and gently removes unwanted body hair in all areas of the body. The abbreviation IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Since this technique only releases unfocused light pulses, it is not a laser treatment. Therefore, the IPL method can always be adjusted specifically to the needs of the customer, through the individual setting of the wavelength.
During a treatment, very short light pulses of 2 to 300 milliseconds are emitted by flash lamp devices. This produces an energy of 12 to 120 joules per square centimeter.
How does a treatment with IPL work?
What happens in the body?
The hair contains a pigment called melanin, this absorbs light particles (photons) particularly well. These can now be transmitted to the hair follicle in each individual hair. This transmitted energy is converted by the body into heat, from 65° to 72° Celsius. This heat leads to the desolation of the hair root, so that no further nutrient supply can take place. Thus, not only does the hair fall out, but no more can be produced.
In order to be able to respond to the different skin and hair conditions of each individual customer, different filters are used in IPL technology. These filters block out certain wavelengths so that only the wavelengths that are suitable for the customer pass through.
Efficient and permanent*
The advantage of IPL technology is that a relatively large area can be treated during one light pulse. This not only saves time but also money. Since the individual sessions are therefore very short, the treatment can be perfectly integrated into everyday life.
The hair growth cycles
In order to successfully desolate a hair root, the hair must be in the growth phase. However, this varies from hair to hair. About 10 percent of all body hair is always in the same growth cycle. For this reason, it takes several sessions before all hair is permanently* removed. It is very important to keep the interval between the treatments of 4 weeks.
How does a treatment with IPL proceed?
After the skin type has been determined in the consultation, the appropriate filter is placed on the handpiece. This is placed on the appropriate part of the body and then emits light pulses. Afterwards, the whole procedure is repeated on the neighboring part of the body. This procedure is also called “stamping”. The light impulses are transported to the hair root via the melanin and denature the protein there, whereupon the hair falls out.
Fields of application
A treatment with IPL can take place almost on the whole body. Popular areas here are the armpits, but also the legs. However, several parts of the body can also be treated during one treatment.
We test all of our IPL devices at regular intervals to ensure that they are working properly and to rule out any damage to the skin. In addition, all treatments are performed by medical professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible service.
Special protective goggles are given to you before each IPL application to protect your eyes from the flashes of light.
Who can be treated with IPL?
Skin and hair types
In principle, treatment with IPL technology is possible for almost everyone. However, the technology reaches its limits with very light hair. The reason for this is the low melanin content in light hair. Thus, a transmission of the light pulse to the hair root can hardly take place. However, we offer other methods of permanent hair removal in our institute, which are much more suitable for light hair.
IPL technology is also not the most suitable choice for red hair. This is because these hairs contain the pigment phaemelanin and this does not absorb light as well as dark hairs.
Before and after the treatment, you should avoid intensive sun exposure, including a visit to the solarium. Otherwise, you may get too much radiation in too short a time and different pigmentation (hypopigmentation) may occur.