IPL, which stands for intense pulsed light, is an FDA-approved photo therapy used to treat several kinds of conditions.
While the first use of an IPL device dates back to 1996, intense pulsed light didn’t really enter the public’s awareness until the early 2000s.
Since then it has rapidly grown in popularity and is now widely used by medical spas in the United States and other countries around the world as a safe and rapid treatment modality for certain skin conditions.
One of the reasons intense pulsed light therapy is thought to be effective is its ability to produce a non-coherent light over a wide spectrum, which sets it apart from other laser systems that use only a single wavelength.
The theoretical advantage of a wide spectrum, non-coherent light is that it’s better at promoting absorption of melanin, hemoglobin, and blood vessels.
Additional Background Information:
Photorejuvenation was invented by Thomas L Roberts III in the 1900s using CO2 lasers.
CO2 resurfacing treatments are more likely to cause scarring and hypopigmentation than IPL treatments due to ablation.
The big difference between these treatment types is that CO2 lasers offer a concentrated, ablative treatment that stimulates cellular rejuvenation. Meanwhile, IPL treatments are non-ablative.
While it’s true that CO2 lasers offer potentially faster results, they also require one to two weeks of recovery.
Those with sensitive skin, or those who would prefer less downtime, would be better off getting treated with Lumecca.