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    Energy Devices 101: Intense pulsed light (IPL)

     

    Basically, IPLs can treat skin lesions with red and brown components, according to Dr. Jegasothy.

    “The most common kinds of things we treat with it are different kinds of chronic sun damage on the face, neck, hands, chest — even the hands and arms,” Dr. Jegasothy says.

    Dr. PoznerIPL also is used to treat a variety of vascular conditions, from facial telangiectasia and poikiloderma of Civatte, to superficial hemangiomas and port wine stains, as well as rosacea, acne and red scars, according to Boca Raton, Fla., plastic surgeon Jason Pozner, M.D., who co-wrote an article published last year in Clinics in Plastic Surgery about IPL. [http://www.plasticsurgery.theclinics.com/article/S0094-1298(16)30019-0/abstract]

    IPL treatment for skin rejuvenation can do more than diminish or remove vascular and pigmented areas, it can also improve skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, according to Dr. Pozner.

    Some still use IPL devices to remove hair, but their use is limited to lighter-skinned patients with dark hair, Dr. Pozner says.

    While IPL’s primary use is to treat brown, or sun, spots, it’s a controversial treatment for melasma, according to Dr. Kormeili.

    “I, personally, think it is not a good idea to use IPL to treat melasma,” she says.

    NEXT: How IPL Works

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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