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IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and it is a non-invasive, light-based technology used in various cosmetic and medical procedures. It works by delivering high-intensity pulses of broad-spectrum light to the skin. IPL can be used for several purposes, including hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and the treatment of various skin conditions like pigmentation issues and vascular lesions.

Here’s how IPL works

Selective Absorption: The broad-spectrum light emitted by the IPL device contains various wavelengths, each of which can be selectively absorbed by different chromophores in the skin. Chromophores are molecules that absorb light. For example, melanin (responsible for skin and hair color) absorbs specific wavelengths, while hemoglobin (in blood vessels) absorbs other wavelengths.

Heat Generation: When the light energy is absorbed by the targeted chromophore, it’s converted into heat. In the case of hair removal, the heat damages the hair follicle, hindering its ability to regrow hair. In skin rejuvenation, the heat stimulates the production of collagen, which can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Selective Targeting: Depending on the specific treatment, the IPL device can be adjusted to target specific chromophores and depths within the skin. This allows for customization of the treatment to address various skin issues.

Body’s Natural Processes: The heat generated by the IPL treatment activates the body’s natural healing processes. In the case of hair removal, the damaged hair follicles are gradually shed, resulting in a reduction of hair growth. For skin rejuvenation, increased collagen production helps to improve skin elasticity and texture!

So, when do we use IPL?

Hair Removal: IPL can effectively reduce and remove unwanted hair on various parts of the body, including the face, legs, underarms, and bikini line. It works by targeting the melanin in hair follicles, disrupting their growth.

Skin Rejuvenation: IPL can improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. It stimulates collagen production and can be used to treat sun-damaged skin.

Pigmentation Issues: IPL is effective in treating various pigmentation concerns, such as age spots, sunspots, freckles, and uneven pigmentation. It targets melanin, breaking down these pigment clusters.

Vascular Lesions: IPL can help reduce the appearance of vascular lesions, such as spider veins and broken capillaries, by targeting the hemoglobin in the blood vessels.

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Acne Treatment
IPL can be used to target and reduce acne by killing acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation.

For those with rosacea, IPL can help reduce facial redness and the appearance of visible blood vessels. Below is a photo of a client who had moderate Rosacea. The severity of the condition will dictate how many sessions of IPL are required. The photo below was taken after three treatments.

Below is a picture of a client’s décolleté after two sessions of IPL. Many broken capillaries are gone, and darker spots have become considerably lighter. 

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It’s important to note that the effectiveness of IPL treatments may vary depending on individual skin types and the specific concerns being addressed. IPL treatments should be administered by trained professionals who can customize the treatment to suit your unique needs and ensure safety. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the best results, and the specific number of sessions will depend on the treatment goal and the individual’s response to the procedure.  If one has darker skin, IPL should be used with extra precaution. At MC Modern Skin, we use Viora because Viora can deliver energy in multiple settings to minimize adverse effects such as skin burns. 

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MC Modern Skin is a boutique med spa in Shoreline that prides itself on honesty and natural-looking results. We aim to educate you on the most appropriate treatment for your needs and will create an individualized road map to help you reach your desired outcomes. Our medical spa is a safe environment and a “no pressure zone.

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