Many of the Cutera xeo’s laser modules use IPL to effect their treatments. IPL, which stands for Intense Pulsed Light, is a method of light treatment that performs aesthetic and therapeutic procedures to alleviate many types of skin problems. Intense Pulsed Light can assist in the treatment of excess hair, irregular pigmentation, sun and age spots, facial veins (telangiectasia), acne, and more.
Intense Pulsed Light specifically targets chromophores, the portion of a molecule that gives it a color. The two chromophores most relevant to skin treatment are melanin, the protein that determines skin color, and hemoglobin, the primary component of blood. Melanin and hemoglobin are heated by the IPL module, which is specifically adjusted to target a certain pigment, which causes them to disintegrate and be absorbed by the body. For example, IPL destroys the melanin in sun and age spots, allowing your skin’s natural pigment to reassert itself. For facial veins, IPL targets the hemoglobin in the blood vessels, causing the vein to coagulate and disappear. Hair removal devices also use IPL, targeting the melanin in unwanted hair follicles to prevent regrowth. Since IPL involves intense, bright flashes of light, you will be provided with appropriate eye protection during your treatment. IPL also causes your skin to heat, and we take cooling measures that are optimized for your comfort. The first use of IPL was approved by the FDA in 1995, and with over twenty years of clinical use, IPL has proved its effectiveness as a safe, powerful technology.
Laser resurfacing and other forms of laser and light therapy effectively reduce or eliminate sunspots!
Laser treatments can be a great option for treating melasma that’s resistant to other treatment options