IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a cosmetic skin treatment. People may use it to reduce the signs of aging or remove unwanted hair. Other uses include reducing the appearance of scars, lightening darker patches of skin, and improving the appearance of spider veins.

IPL works in a similar way to laser therapy. The contrast is that where laser treatment conveys a solitary frequency of light energy, IPL conveys different frequencies. This implies that IPL can treat a bigger area of skin in a more limited time than laser treatment.

This article will clarify how IPL functions and why individuals use it. It will likewise inspect its wellbeing and adequacy and check the potential risks and dangers.

How does IPL work?

IPL utilizes light energy to target precisely and eliminate pigmented or harmed skin cells or hair follicles.Utilizing a hand piece, a clinical expert will focus on various frequencies of light onto the skin. This light warms cells in the skin and destroys them. The body then, eliminates the damaged/dead cells normally.


People may choose IPL as a treatment for a range of skin issues. These include:

Safety, Risks, and Side Effects

IPL is safe for most people but is not suitable for everyone. Pregnant women and people who are on blood thinners, for example, should avoid IPL.

Other factors that make people unsuitable for IPL treatment include:

  • currently or recently taking the acne drug Accutane/Roaccutane
  • suffering from a skin resurfacing disorder
  • being susceptible to keloid scarring
  • having severe scarring
  • having suffered severe sunburn recently
  • people of certain medicines which make skin photosensitive
  • certain medical conditions
  • Pacemaker or other electric device in situ

As with any medical procedure, IPL does carry the risk of side effects and complications. Most of these are transient and self-limiting. These include:

  • pain
  • skin discoloration
  • swelling
  • Erythma

Rarely if not done appropriately it can cause:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Peri folliculitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Burns
  • Blistering

How effective is it?

IPL is very effective on a wide range of skin types ranging from Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1 to 4. Clients within this wide range of skin types can achieve excellent results from hair loss and skin rejuvenating treatments.

It requires around 6 sessions of treatments for most IPL treatments.

Patch Testing

Patch testing is mandatory and should be done 2 days to two weeks before the treatment. This testing is performed on a discrete small area within the intended treatment area. This is to ascertain the optimum and safe energy to be used for the treatment.

Interval for Skin Type I-II 48 hours

Interval for Skin Type III-IV 2 weeks

Pre-Treatment Advice

  • Avoid exposure to UV light (sun or tanning beds) 4 weeks before
  • Avoid exfoliation, dermabrasion or peels a week before
  • Do not bleach skin 48 hours before
  • Shave 24 hours before
  • Stay well hydrated

What to expect

A practitioner will make sure that you are comfortable and wearing an appropriate protective eye covering. The practitioner will use a hand piece attached to the main IPL machine to deliver the treatment. During the treatment, individuals might feel a squeezing sensation. A few people have described this as a flexible band being “snapped” on the skin.

In good IPL machines the handpiece has a cooling tip which assures that the IPL heat is not felt uncomfortable.

The duration of treatment depends upon the area being treated which can vary from a small upper lip area to a large area of the back.

Immediately after the treatment a soothing aloe vera gel is applied on the treated area.

Post Treatment Advice

Following treatment, the treated area might look red or pink. This will usually subside within a few hours. Individuals may also experience a stinging sensation in the treatment area for 4 to 6 hours after IPL. This feeling might look like that of having a gentle sun burn.

After the treatment:

  • Avoid restrictive clothing
  • Avoid exposure to heat in any form
  • Avoid using skin products containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid
  • Avoid exercising for 24 hours
  • Avoid exfoliation/dermabrasion for a week
  • Avoid shaving for 48 to 72 hours
  • Apply cold compresses
  • Apply aloe vera gel

Other options

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser therapies
  • Chemical peels
  • Microneedling
  • Epilation
  • Waxing

Javaani IPL System Hazlemere High Wycombe


Javaani IPL System brings Biocare-one to its clients to make them look good and feel better. Biocare-one combines IPL and Laser which enables practitioner to perform an extensive range of the most in-demand and specialist treatments to offer bespoke aesthetic solutions for every client’s needs.

Javaani’s advanced hand pieces are integrated with advanced active skin cooling technology, which is designed to operate at ice cold temperatures to keep the skin cool while the hair follicles are destroyed – Optimising client comfort without compromising on great results.

Integrated Active Skin Cooling system for superior comfort

The Biocare-one IPL treatment hand pieces are integrated with advanced active skin cooling technology, which is designed to operate at ice cold temperatures to keep the skin cool while the hair follicles are destroyed – Optimising client comfort without compromising on great results.

With in-motion gliding delivery, SHR ‘Super Hair Removal’ technology enables safe, painless, and highly effective treatments in less time.

  • More effective than traditional IPL or Laser
  • Fast treatments for higher client turnover
  • 5-star client comfort & safety
  • Gliding motion for superior coverage

Javaani Aesthetic Clinic offers treatments for:

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