IPL vs. Laser Treatments: Knowing the Difference

IPL vs. Laser Treatments: Knowing the Difference

Every person, regardless of age category and gender, at a certain time can find on their body such formations as age spots, damaged skin, as well as intensive hair growth in undesirable areas. These examples are usually the most common reasons that lead people to resort to laser or light therapy. Recommendations and instructions from a well-known dermatologist from the Mohs Institute of dermatology and surgery will provide support and help to understand whether laser or light treatment methods can be considered safe, as well as to choose the appropriate method for each individual, based on the results you want to achieve.



IPL procedures

Intensive pulsed light therapy (IPL) — a type of light therapy that is used in the treatment of wrinkles, spots, and excess body hair. IPL treatments are used to remove age-related age spots, areas of the body due to sun damage, remove freckles, get rid of birthmarks, varicose veins, smooth out wrinkles and reduce them, including getting rid of unwanted body hair.

Initially, a few days before the IPL therapy, patients should limit themselves from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, refuse to visit tanning salons, exclude waxing, stop taking medications that can cause bleeding. Also, before starting the procedure, your dermatologist must put on dark glasses to ensure the safety of your vision. The next step should be the procedure of rubbing a cool gel into the area that will be subject to treatment, and only after that, you can apply light pulses. The average session duration is 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being processed. In most cases, to achieve the expected and desired results, you need at least one procedure at intervals of six weeks. The average cost of such a session varies from $700 to $1200 per treatment, but it also depends on the size of the treated area.


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Laser therapy

Dermal optical thermolysis therapy (dots), Fraxel, and high-frequency treatments — a list of all laser treatments used to achieve healthy, young, and fresh skin. Each of these methods has its own function of action, therefore, it will be the right decision to make an appointment with a dermatologist to choose the method that is most suitable directly in your case. The point will be appropriate for applying to those areas that are covered with acne scars. This procedure is absolutely safe for every user. The dot uses a «dot» pattern to create thousands of microscopic perforations in the skin, while still leaving the areas around each of the dots intact. This manipulation promotes rapid and effective healing of the skin, in contrast to the use of more traditional grinding lasers.

Fraxel Repair is used if you need to get rid of the resulting acne scars, because it provides partial deep skin ablation, thanks to laser technology. This type of therapy is less intensive, compared to traditional laser treatment, and is also the most optimal when it is necessary to perform soft tissue polishing, improve pigmentation and eliminate redness with damaged blood vessels. However, there is another side to this method, as Fraxel Repair was developed specifically to treat damaged skin by stimulating the body's natural production of new collagen, as well as skin cells. This type of procedure is the most optimal to perform General sanding and ensure effective and instant healing.

Finally, the main goal of developing high-frequency laser procedures is to treat acne scars. During this session, a glass electrode is applied to the skin, creating sparkling effects that can successfully eliminate bacteria and inflammation deep inside the pimple. In addition, it is not necessary for this large downtime in time to see positive recovery results.

Based on the fact that there are a huge number of laser procedures and IPL on the market today, it is necessary to carefully consider the advantages of each of them. In addition, you should proceed from what results from you expect yourself, after carrying out the required procedures. The basis of good, effective, and long-lasting hair removal is the dark hair pigment (melanin). So the effectiveness of hair removal depends on the hair color. The hair should be black or brown. An additional factor is the area of depilation and the thickness of the hair. To understand this correctly, we can apply the comparison to the trees in the forest. If we see a thick tree, it has a lot of wood, and a thin tree has little wood. Similarly, thick hair has more color, and thin hair has less. The best areas for hair removal are the bikini area, calves, and armpits. The effect that we can get is 80-95% hair removal. Thin blonde hair may remain, about 15-5%.


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What to expect after treatment

Immediately after treatment, the patient experiences discomfort similar to the reaction after intense sunbathing for two to three hours. Slight redness and swelling occur within 2-3 days. There may also be a slight darkening of the skin, which disappears within a few days, this is due to the individual properties of the skin. Surface exfoliation of the epidermis is the result of the renewal process.