IPL vs Laser Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

laser iplWhat’s the difference between IPL and Laser treatment?

IPL is a specific form of laser light therapy. However, whereas laser emits light at one specific wavelength, IPL produces a spectrum from different wavelengths.

This means that it can select different targets for absorption, making it a versatile treatment option which can treat a range of issues.

IPL has also been shown to be safe and effective in treating specific concerns. It was first developed for vascular conditions (approved by FDA for thread veins in 1995) and has now a range of uses, including:

  • sun damage
  • facial rejuvenation – boosting collagen production and tightening skin
  • vascular issues e.g. blood spots, broken capillaries
  • pigmented lesions e.g. birthmarks, sun spots, melasma, freckles
  • acne and rosacea

The range of applications is expected to expand as knowledge and technology advance. A ‘Current trends in intense pulsed light’ report in Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology by Dr DJ Goldberg, June 2012, stated:

“Intense pulsed technology is a highly versatile, safe, and effective modality for the treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions, hypertrichosis, and epidermal and dermal atrophy associated with photoaging, as well as acne, rosacea, actinic keratoses, and nonmelanoma skin cancers. As our understanding of the biological efficacy of various wavelength distributions evolves, so to will the range of IPL technology, particularly with regard to different wavelength filters, pulse durations, pulse frequencies, and cooling modalities to protect from side effects. The end result will be a widening domain of IPL’s clinical applications and indications.”


IPL Bristol

Quinn Clinics offer advanced IPL treatment. They have offered IPL for Acne Rosacea for a number of years, but the latest advancement is the Lumenis M22 multi-application system, which includes  Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) with unique Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™) has been FDA cleared for rosacea treatment and other skin inflammatory conditions. Lumenis’ website states:

“The Lumenis IPL with OPT™ is considered the industry’s ‘Gold Standard’ for treatment of vascular lesions and its efficacy has been proven in over 80 peer reviewed papers (IPL bibliography of studies and peer reviewed articles).

“The IPL procedure removes facial superficial vessels and as a result dramatically decreases or completely eliminates facial redness.”

The beauty of the M22™ system is the multi-application platform, featuring 4 technologies which can be combined and adapted according to requirements:

  • IPL – Intense Pulsed Light photorejuvenation with Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT)
  • ResurFX™ – fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing
  • Multi-Spot™ ND:YAG
  • Q-Switched Nd:YAG

IPL Treatment Results – Rosacea

m22 rosacea IPL

About Quinn Clinics

Advanced Skin Treatment Clinic, Bristol

Quinn Clinics based in Clifton, Bristol, was established in 2006 and offers a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments. As well as anti-ageing injections, the clinic can offer the latest laser technology including IPL laser and CO2 fractional laser and the new M22 multiple skin technology platform (IPL, ResurFX™ – fractional non-ablative, ND:YAG).

Dr Quinn is a qualified aesthetic doctor with specific expertise in dermal fillers and BOTOX®, based at his own clinic, Quinn Clinics in Clifton, Bristol.

Call 0117 924 4592 or email for further information.

IPL vs Laser Treatment
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IPL is a specific form of laser light therapy which produces a spectrum of wavelengths. Treatment for skin conditions at Quinn Clinics, Bristol.
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Established in 2006 by Dr John Quinn, Quinn Clinics (also known as Q Clinics) is Bristol’s only independent Doctor-led skin clinic registered with the CQC.

Skin treatments include the full range of anti-ageing, cosmetic and medical skin procedures, to tackle everything from sun damage and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation, thread veins or excessive sweating.

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