Answer: I had IPL with Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, so I asked her to answer this question. Dr Marmur used the Luminis IPL with two handpieces– the 560nm and the 590nm. “Both of them focus on red spots, blood vessels and brown freckles” she explained. “The treatment settings vary from patient to patient based on skin color and the amount of the target to be removed. For example, I use lower settings for freckles to avoid over-heating the skin.’ Dr Marmur also warned against getting IPL when tanned ” You need to avoid the sun for at least wo weeks prior to IPL treament ” she warned.
IPL Road Rules
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a form of light that is related to laser technology, but far less invasive. It operates in the top layers of the skin and can remove unwanted hair, small red lines and spots as well as freckles,brown spots, and dark patches. It is practically painless, and leaves the skin a bit red rather than burned and oozy like true lasers.
But there are reports of problems with IPL. Because the light focuses on pigments in melanin, women with darker complexions are most at risk of developing irregular pigmentation. Even dark olive complexions should proceed cautiously with IPL.
Choosing the right setting, device and timing of applications is a learned skill. I met Dr Marmur though a smart, well-connected friend and I have found this type of one to one reccomendation is a great way to getting someone you can trust. I would also check out a doctors credentials to be certain that they have the training they need to give you healthy, beautiful results. For more info on IPL you can also check out an earlier post IPL- Five Top Questions.