Laser and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy
Fractional Ablative Laser
Fractional ablative laser is used to target signs of sun damage and aging. It emits narrow microscopic columns of laser light that treat only a defined fraction of skin in the targeted area. The intervening areas of undamaged skin allow for rapid healing after treatment. The ablative laser is used to treat actinic keratoses, epidermal nevi, and scars. Patients treated with fractional ablative lasers usually return to normal activity in five to ten days. The relatively short recovery period and reduced risk of adverse events are reasons for patients’ preference of fractional ablative laser over traditional lasers.
Fractional Non-Ablative Laser
Fractional non-ablative laser is a therapeutic option for skin rejuvenation which involves a lower risk for serious adverse effects and has a short recovery time. As described above, it delivers narrow microscopic columns of laser light to the target area and leaves intervening areas of non-treated skin. Because lower power is used, the recovery time is shorter and more treatment sessions may be required. This laser provides a simple approach that promotes mild skin photo coagulation, minimal redness and swelling, and excellent aesthetic results.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense pulsed light is used in non-laser devices that emit a pulsed polychromatic Xenon light ranging from 515 to 1200 NM. Filters limit the range of wavelengths emitted, which enable them to be used for hair removal, treating vascular and pigmented lesions and reducing acne scars and stretch marks (striae). The pulsed energy is spread over a broad range of wavelengths, and more treatments are required than with other lasers.
- Hair Removal — Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Photo-rejuvenation — a skin treatment performed with IPL and laser
- Pigmented (brown spots) and Vascular Lesion Removal with (IPL)
- Acne and Surgical Scars — Laser
- Stretch Marks (Striae) — Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
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