What Is M22 IPL?
If you are suffering from rough dull texture, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and patches, visible blood vessels, and diffuse skin redness, active acne and acne marks, an M22 IPL photofacial by Lumenis can help you address all of these issues.
Intense Pulsed Light (abbreviated IPL) describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths; from 400nm to 1200nm. The technology utilizes specific wavelength ranges to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, skin photoaging treatments and hair removal.
How Does It Work?
Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator, gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing it for different applications and skin types.
The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the relevant chromophores and damages them (blood chromophores when treating vascular lesions and melanin chromophores when treating pigmented lesions). The body’s natural processes then clear the lesion debris, resulting in a visible improvement of skin’s tone. giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.
Meanwhile, the light energy can create heat to kill bacteria and trigger skin’s natural healing process to produce more collagen, giving the skin a youthful and clear appearance.
What Can Be Treated?
The M22 IPL has 9 Filters and 3 Lightguides, to treat over 20 skin conditions including:
Why Lumenis M22 IPL?
Control pulse shape by equalizing energy distribution over the entire pulse or sequential pulses
Gentler, more comfortable, patient-friendly procedures, with lower effective fluences
High peak power, shorter pulses – optimal for IPL skin treatments using Photorejuvenation and treatment of benign pigmented lesions
Advanced OPT™ will also allow determining the specific fluence per sub-pulse when using multiple sequential pulsing, for fine-tuned treatment settings
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, IPL treatments are not considered painful by most patients. Many compare a typical IPL session to the sensation of being snapped with a rubber band. Ultimately, your response will depend on your pain tolerance. Any discomfort will resolve within a few minutes of treatment.
IPL side effects are generally minor and temporary. It is possible that you will experience: redness, swelling, light bruising, itching, peeling, scabbing.
In most cases patients will need 3 to 5 treatments to see drastic improvements, though it really depends on the area and type of condition being treated.