IPL systems can generate excellent results in many conditions, if used correctly. However, I constantly hear people telling me that they “can’t get good results” with theirs!
Why is this?
Well, basically it comes down to two main factors:
- either their equipment is not very good or cannot output a sufficient energy or pulse duration to achieve good results, or,
- they simply don’t know how to use it properly!
For instance, did you know that:
- you should always use longer pulses for finer hairs or blood vessels?
- the fluence immediately below the skin surface is much greater than the fluence you apply to the surface?
- skin damage increases exponentially with energy density (or fluence)?
- gel is needed to increase both the energy input into the skin and to draw excess heat from the skin?
- contact skin cooling is absolutely critical in all these treatments?
- different areas of the body respond differently to the same fluence/pulsewidths?
- post-treatment care is as important as the actual treatment process?
- IPLs can treat certain conditions much better than lasers???
In addition, do you know how to select the proper fluence/pulsewidth for particular conditions? Many people don’t. They simply follow the manufacturer’s/supplier’s guidelines – and, quite often, they don’t know either!!
I’ve seen plenty of user manuals with erroneous information. No wonder the users cannot achieve good results!
Unless you have a proper understanding of the effects of energy density, pulsewidth, wavelength, cooling etc then you will struggle to be successful in your treatments.
I was involved in the original development of IPL systems back in the early 1990’s. As a physicist I understand the basic light-tissue interactions and how to manipulate them to get the best results.
If you would like some training on how to get the best out of your IPL device please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices start at £350 per person.
Incidentally, quite often I see web sites where they claim that “lasers are better than IPLs“. Anyone claiming this is talking rubbish – it entirely depends on what you are treating! They clearly do not understand what they’re talking about, but I suspect it mainly comes from laser suppliers rather than users!!
Bye for now,