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IPL Treatment Vs IPL Photofacial -What is the Difference?

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IPL Treatment Vs IPL Photofacial -What is the Difference?

Postby stella0011 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:58 am

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light IPL is a non-invasive technology that can correct a variety of skin conditions, such as hyper pigmentation, birthmarks, broken capillaries and vascular lesions. "Photofacial" (fotofacial) is generally used to describe a light based (laser or IPL) facial treatment to address sun spots, redness or fine lines.

The names are different, the treatment is not. This is a generic name to denote cosmetic treatment of the face with either a laser or an IPL to improve color and texture, and a little collagen stimulation.

The term Potofacial was introduced by a California dermatologist, Dr. Patrick Bitter. In a Fotofacial procedure, a series of intense pulsed light (IPL) or broad band light (BBL) treatments are performed to decrease the reds (dilated blood vessels, diffuse redness, rosacea, etc) and browns (freckles, brown spots, sun spots, etc) in the skin at the same time.

IPL is the more technical term. Photofacial is the more marketing friendly term. IPL treatments are light-based not laser-based treatments. These devices use filters to produce intense pulses of specific wavelengths of light energy to target different lesions on skin such as lentigos (sun spots) or small blood vessels. This results in destruction of the targeted lesions and improvement of the tone and discoloration of the skin.

Intense pulsed light may be used to perform a photofacial or just to decrease redness or brown spots alone, or to decrease unwanted hair. A photofacial treatment specifies improving the redness and brown spots during the same treatment.
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