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How Does Intense Pulsed Light Work?

Intense Pulsed Light employs a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target and treat various skin conditions. Unlike traditional laser treatments that use a single, focused wavelength of light, IPL uses a broader spectrum, which allows it to address multiple skin issues simultaneously. It’s a non-invasive, safe, and efficient method that has gained a significant following in the skincare community, particularly in Marlow where I practice.

IPL is also incredibly versatile. It can be used for photo rejuvenation, hair removal, treating hyperpigmentation, reducing the appearance of vascular lesions, and even improving skin texture and tone. However, it’s essential to understand that IPL is not a one-size-fits-all solution – it requires a thorough understanding of the technology and the individual’s skin to deliver optimal results.

The science behind the treatment

As we venture deeper into the world of IPL, it becomes crucial to understand the science behind this revolutionary treatment. The technology and its effectiveness lie in its use of light energy, which is absorbed by our skin’s melanin and haemoglobin. When these chromophores absorb the light energy, they convert it to heat, which initiates a process called selective photothermolysis.

Selective photothermolysis is essentially the destruction of unwanted skin elements without damaging the surrounding tissues. When the heat energy is absorbed by the targeted cells, it triggers a natural healing response. This response leads to the production of new collagen and elastin, which are vital components of our skin’s structure and health.

While the science behind IPL may seem complex, it’s this precise mechanism that makes it such an effective treatment. By targeting specific chromophores within the skin, IPL can deliver targeted results, improving the skin’s overall appearance and health. It’s a game-changer in the world of aesthetic treatments, and it’s no wonder why it’s become such a popular choice in Marlow and beyond.

How Intense Pulsed Light works for skin rejuvenation

In the context of skin rejuvenation, IPL works wonders. The broad-spectrum light penetrates the skin’s surface, targeting the deeper layers where most skin issues originate. By heating these areas, IPL encourages the skin to produce more collagen, which is the protein responsible for our skin’s firmness and elasticity.

As new collagen is produced and old, damaged cells are eliminated, the skin begins to show signs of improvement. Fine lines and wrinkles diminish, dark spots and hyperpigmentation fade, and the skin’s overall texture becomes smoother and more even-toned. In essence, IPL stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, promoting healthier, younger-looking skin.

But IPL isn’t just for facial rejuvenation. It can be used on other parts of the body – from the neck and chest to the hands and arms. It’s a comprehensive solution to various skin concerns, making it an integral part of any comprehensive skincare regimen.

The IPL process: what to expect during photo rejuvenation

We understand that trying a new treatment can be daunting. Though rest assured, the IPL process is straightforward, and when performed by a trained professional, it is safe and effective. Here’s what you can expect during an IPL photo rejuvenation session.

Before the treatment, a thorough consultation is necessary to understand your skin concerns and determine if IPL is the right solution. Once the treatment plan is established, a cooling gel is applied to the skin, and a handheld device delivers pulses of broad-spectrum light to the targeted areas. It’s a relatively painless procedure, although some people might experience a slight discomfort, akin to the snap of a rubber band against the skin.

Post-treatment, the skin might appear slightly red and swollen, but these symptoms subside within a few hours. It’s also essential to protect the skin from the sun and use a high SPF sunscreen, as the skin becomes photosensitive after an IPL treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light FAQs

To wrap up our discussion on IPL, let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter in our practice in Marlow.


Yes, when performed by a trained professional, IPL is safe. However, it’s crucial to consult with a professional before undergoing treatment to ensure it’s suitable for your skin type and concerns.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the individual’s skin concerns and goals. Typically, a series of 3-6 treatments, spaced about a month apart, is recommended for optimal results.

Does the treatment hurt?

Most people describe the sensation as a slight sting, similar to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, any discomfort is usually minimal and temporary.

Can I go back to my normal routine after Intense Pulsed Light?

Yes, IPL is a non-invasive treatment with minimal downtime. However, it’s crucial to protect your skin from the sun and avoid harsh skincare products for a few days post-treatment.

In conclusion, IPL is a versatile, effective solution to various skin concerns. Our team at Derma Medica see first-hand the transformative results it can deliver. Whether you’re in Marlow or around, book a consultation with us where we can guide you through the IPL process is the first step towards healthier, more radiant skin.