The name Lumenis IPL might not be familiar to many people who would otherwise benefit from this new technology. The IPL in the name refers to Intense Pulsed Light, because this treatment uses intense pulses of non-coherent light on a wide range of wavelengths in order to address various skin issues. Some of the skin problems that can be treated by Lumenis IPL include:
- Pigmented lesions
- Sun damage
- Aging skin
- Fine Lines
What’s Behind the Lumenis IPL Treatment?
As the name implies, this treatment relies on a broad spectrum light that is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, and gently placed over the skin. The cut off filters in the handpiece are able to change the range of wavelengths, which allows the treatment to be optimized for different applications or skin types.
When the light penetrates the tissue, it is absorbed by the relevant chromophores. Said chromophores are damaged by the IPL, which is then cleared by the body’s natural process. In a way, the Lumenis IPL works because it encourages the body to rejuvenate and heal itself.
Is Lumenis IPL Safe?
Even though “lasers” and “intense light” are intimidating concepts to people, the Lumenis IPL is actually safe because it uses OPT instead. It stands for Optimal Pulse Technology, which allows fine control of the pulse shape and results in a gentler, more comfortable treatment.
Additionally, getting your treatment done at Dr. Sofonio’s clinic ensures that you are only being treated by trained, experienced, and board accredited physicians so you can be sure that your safety is paramount, and that your well-being is always prioritized.
Of course, most people will also wonder whether the treatment is painful. After all, a treatment can be safe but can still be painful. Fortunately for people with these concerns, technology has advanced in favor of the patient – the squaring of the pulse these days is much gentler than it used to be. In the past, a great deal of energy was used so that the light can reach deep enough to the skin. These days, IPL devices can reach maximum penetration without expending too much energy, which means gentler and relatively painless treatments.
Additionally, the cooling apparatuses have also advanced to the point where comfort can be given immediately, and no noticeable discomfort or pain will be felt by the patient, especially if the treatment is being given by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon like Dr. Sofonio. If you have any other concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic.