Everything you need to know about IPL and laser treatments

June 5, 2021

By Sarah Blake

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Let’s start with the basics; IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. If that leaves you none the wiser, fear not, we’ll explain.

In a nutshell, IPL is a non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of light energy to perform all manner of miracles. Think skin rejuvenation, hair removal, acne reduction, and treatment for rosacea, thread veins, and pigmentation.


So, IPL is the same as laser?
It’s similar. But also very different. Laser has been around for a lot longer and was essentially a precursor to IPL. Intense pulsed light was first used in aesthetics, for hair removal, in 1997; 37 years after the first laser was used to destroy hair follicles.

Laser uses a more concentrated light energy than IPL; a single wavelength of light that points in one direction. IPL, however, uses multiple wavelengths that create a broader beam of light and get absorbed at different depths of skin.

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Does that mean IPL is better than laser?
Nope. IPL and laser are equally incredible in terms of treatment options and results. Various factors, such as area or condition of concern, desired results, and skin type, determine whether IPL or laser is the best option. What the advent of IPL does mean however, is more treatment options, and more people experiencing revolutionary, and even life-changing, results.


What can IPL and laser be used for?
It would be easier to ask what they can’t be used for! Laser and IPL are two of the pioneering technologies that have most revolutionised the aesthetics industry in recent years. In the United States alone, over four million laser treatments are performed every year, and it is estimated that up to 20,000 IPL treatments are performed daily by qualified clinicians.

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Is it important to see a qualified clinician for IPL and laser?
Absolutely! There are three key factors to the effectiveness of IPL and laser treatments: technology, technique, and adherence to training protocols. There has been a huge increase in the number of at-home IPL and laser devices but, whilst they might have been great to tide us over through lockdowns, they are less powerful and use more simplified technology than clinical devices.


Which is the best in-clinic IPL and laser device?
Good question. There are a lot of devices available, but it’s definitely fair to say that not all laser and IPL devices are created equal.

The market-leading device is the Lynton LUMINA; it’s listed under an NHS Supply Chain Framework Agreement and is used for some of UK’s most in-demand aesthetic treatments. Lynton Lasers’ products are developed by a world-class team of laser photon (light) physicists at The University of Manchester.

The IPL systems developed for Lynton Lasers are used to treat over 10,000 patients each year and are of such exceptional standard that they are used by surgeons. Lynton have been experts in aesthetic technology since 1994, and the LUMINA has won a plethora of awards.

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Does PMA Medical perform IPL and laser treatments using the Lynton LUMINA?
Of course. We pride ourselves on our use of superior technology and treatment products, in combination with the highest level of professional clinical standards.


Can Lynton LUMINA IPL and laser treatments in combination with other aesthetic treatments?
Yes, very often IPL and laser can be used to compliment or augment the results of a number of other aesthetics procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections and fillers.



How do I know which Lynton LUMINA IPL or laser treatment is right for me?
PMA Medical will be able to advise and recommend the best IPL and laser options during an initial consultation, which is essential prior to any treatment.

7 body and face conditions that can be treated with Lynton LUMINA IPL and laser

Acne

IPL treatments can be hugely effective for the treatment of acne, often significantly decreasing the number and severity of active lesions, lessening inflammation, and reducing the frequency of break-outs.

Illumifacial


Using a new and unique combination of specialist Lynton skincare together with powerful, medical-grade Lynton IPL technology, the Illumifacial dramatically improves skin tone and appearance. Even better, you will also experience an ongoing improvement to the firmness and plumpness of your skin in the following months post-treatment, as new collagen is stimulated deep within the skin tissue.


IPL hair removal

Suitable for the face and body, this long-term solution to unwanted hair is suitable for most people and particularly effective on those with dark hair. Light is absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy then destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells. Unfortunately grey or white hair can’t be treated as it has no melanin.


IPL skin rejuvenation

This wonder treatment works to lessen visible signs of ageing, especially those caused by sun damage, such as pigmentation, thread veins, uneven skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Pigmentation

Suitable for everyone except those with very dark or tanned skin, this treatment works to lessen areas of pigmented skin and can successfully remove pigmented lesions such as age spots, freckles, and sunspots.

Resurface

Smooth, youthful, glowing skin is the result of this fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment, which provides total rejuvenation of the skin.

Vascular lesions


Rosacea, thread veins, red spots, spider naevi, and port wine stains can be reduced or removed in just a few quick and easy treatments.


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