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IPL vs Laser Treatment
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
What’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.”
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
ABOUT QUINN CLINICS
ADVANCED SKIN TREATMENT BRISTOL AND GREENWICH
Quinn Clinics was established in 2006 and offers a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments.
As well as anti-ageing injections performed by the clinic’s owner and founder, Dr John Quinn, the clinic can offer the latest laser technology including IPL laser and CO2 fractional laser.
Dr Quinn is a qualified aesthetic doctor with specific expertise in dermal fillers and botox® and two clinics based in Clifton (Bristol) and Blackheath/Greenwich (London)
Call 0117 924 4592 (Clifton, Bristol) or 0208 858 0575 (Blackheath, Greenwich, London) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.