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    Energy Devices 101: Intense pulsed light (IPL)

     

    Dr. Jegasothy says all the available IPL devices by reputable laser companies seem to be good technologies.

    “I don’t have a favorite,” she says. “"The technology has probably reached its maturity, and current models may be as good as they're going to get."

    IPL is a simple technology to produce. As a result, many companies offer the devices, Dr. Kormeili says.

    “I think the European, Israeli and American manufacturers produce better products than Asian brands. Having said that, the stronger and more complex the machinery, the higher the chances of complication,” Dr. Kormeili says.

    Dr. Kormeili recommends that practices first decide if doctors or nurses will be performing IPL treatments before buying a specific device. If the nursing staff will be doing IPL treatments, a simpler IPL device might be a better decision to reduce the risk of complications, she says.

    Practices should also look for companies that offer adequate training and are available to help with complications, if they occur.

    “Additionally, if the goal is to bring the patient back many times, then a less effective, less risky laser is the best choice,” Dr. Kormeili says. “In my dermatology practice, I need to offer real results, fast and quick. Therefore, I need powerful [devices] that, obviously, if used incorrectly, can have complications.”

    Disclosures: Drs. Jegasothy and Kormeili report no relevant disclosures. Dr. Pozner is a consultant/speaker for Sciton.

    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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