FotoFacial IPL – Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

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IPL technology, also referred to as FotoFacial or Photo facial, improves the appearance of photo-aged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called Photo Rejuvenation for face and body.

IPL skin treatments using Photo Rejuvenation help restore a more youthful appearance without patient downtime. It is a new technology that gradually and naturally restores a smooth even surface to your face, hands and chest. Today’s active lifestyle doesn’t leave much time for recovery from a cosmetic procedure, which is why IPL technology is one of the single best technologies for overall skin improvement.

IPL treats a wide variety of skin conditions:

  • sun damage
  • flushing
  • skin texture
  • redness
  • broken capillaries
  • brown spots
  • age spots
  • dark circles around the eyes
  • sun-induced freckles on the hands, chest, and face
  • broken capillaries around the nose
  • excels in helping the reduction of fine wrinkles and large pores

How IPL Works

During treatment, the IPL wavelength is optimized so that the energy is absorbed only by the unwanted melanin, raising the temperature to cause shattering of the pigment. Deeper level damaged blood vessels are treated at the same time.

Shortly after treatment, the unwanted pigment cells (or melanin) have been thoroughly fragmented without damage to the surrounding tissue. Vascular lesions are heated, causing coagulation and shrinking of the vessels.

In the weeks after treatment, the shattered melanin particles are eliminated through a process, which causes the fragmented pigments and damaged melanocytes to be absorbed by the body. Little or no trace of the initial lesion remains. The body reabsorbs the treated vessels deeper within the epidermis in much the same way.

Because the treatment is gentle, there is no interruption of routine activities. By helping to remove the age spots (sun-induced freckles) and broken capillaries, the result is overall younger looking skin. Improvement is subtle and accomplished over a series of treatments so the patient’s skin does not appear obviously treated.

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Over time, natural skin aging and exposure to UV radiation from the sun make superficial blood vessels visible and cause the skin to produce pockets of irregular pigmentation.

The ProLite II Intense Pulsed Light System by Quantel Medical uses interchangeable filters that selectively block out unwanted UV and blue radiation, safely delivering broadband light to target chromophores (melanin and hemoglobin) to treat conditions such as:

  • Facial telangiectasias
  • Flushing and redness
  • Rosacea
  • Poikiloderma (red neck)
  • Redness following laser skin resurfacing
  • Age spots and liver spots
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Scar coloration and general skin elasticity

Light is applied to the treatment area using a 10×20 mm sapphire waveguide that can be fired every two seconds, allowing for treatment of large areas, such as whole faces, hands, necks and décolleté, shoulders and backs. Treating large areas not only addresses specific problem areas but also results in an overall improvement in skin texture, tone, pore size and collateral collagen building.

Treatments, which typically are provided in a series of sessions at two-week intervals, are painless. Patients can resume normal activities immediately. To maintain long-lasting improvement, follow-up care may include bi-annual maintenance sessions.

Unique among pulsed light devices, the ProLite II has been designed with safety in mind. The smart card guarantees stable output power throughout the lifetime of the flash and its exclusive pulse shaping technology maintains the temperature of target tissue, without overheating the epidermis, maximizing the therapeutic window. Filters can be easily interchanged so as individualize treatments, providing optimal filtration while achieving more dramatic results.