SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Jeffrey Dover recently commented on the early intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and the recent engineering advances, in the March/April issue of MedEsthetics.
The IPL technology, used in photorejuvenation treatments to improve facial redness as well as visible signs of sun damage and aging, has been around for two decades. However, early IPL devices gained a negative reputation. “The early devices took a long time to warm up, and they were potentially hazardous, because they didn’t have a lot of safety features,” recalls Dr. Dover. “While early IPL devices worked for vascular facial lesions and lentigines and for treating photoaging in general, frankly we never used our device. The basic concept of intense pulsed light as an alternative to laser made sense, but the results were unpredictable.” Since then, IPL technology has made great strides in cooling and filtering. However, there is still a wide range in the quality of devices on the market. “It’s very unfair to lump all IPLs together,” cautions Dr. Dover, who uses the Palomar Icon and the Lumenis M22 at SkinCare Physicians. “These are two of the best IPLs on the market. They are very expensive and made by topnotch engineering companies. You get what you pay for when it comes to IPL.”
Read more at: http://www.medestheticsmagazine.com/node/532