IPL Color Correction
Dye pulsed light (DPL)
What is DPL?
DPL is a precision skin rejuvenation technology that is narrow spectrum photo skin rejuvenation. It differs from the traditional Intense Pulse lights (IPL) which is covers a broad light wavelength. DPL can stimulate 100nm narrow-spectrum pulsed light that contains the absorption peaks of melanin and hemoglobin, allowing a more precise concentration of therapeutic energy to treat various skin conditions.
If you’re considering cosmetic DPL treatments, you probably have a few questions.
Skin conditions that can be treated with an DPL include:
- Uneven skin pigmentation (the browns and reds)
- Vascular birthmarks
- Facial redness
- Age spots
- Broken capillaries and spider veins.
- Sun damage/ sunspots
- Hair removal/ reduction
Are DPL treatments painful?
IPL treatments may have some degree of discomfort but generally tolerable. Some patients have reported it feeling like the sensation of being snapped with a small rubber band. The discomfort will quickly resolve within a few minutes of treatment and the results will be well worth it.
What are the adverse effects of an DPL treatment?
IPL side effects are generally both mild and temporary. You may experience.
- Some redness or erythema
- Mild swelling or edema
- Light bruising
- Some itching
- Skin peeling
- Burning and scarring has been reported in darker skin types IV.
How many treatments do I need?
Yes, in most cases you will need more than one treatment to see drastic improvements. Most practitioners recommend between 3 and 5 treatments, though it really depends on the area and type of condition being treated.
What are the advantages of IPL treatments over Laser treatments?
DPL can treat a wide range of skin conditions, instead of having to undergo several different treatments (e.g., laser skin tightening, laser resurfacing, etc.).
What recovery from DPL treatment look like?
It may feel like you have a sunburn for 4-6 hours after you’re finished. Ice packs or a cool washcloth can help you feel better. Your skin may be red or bruised for a day or two. Some of your brown spots may get darker, but they should peel off within a few weeks.
While you heal:
- Don’t put on makeup if your skin hurts.
- Use moisturizing lotion.
- Protect yourself with sunscreen. Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 and a physical blocker like zinc. Reapply it every 2 hours, even if it’s not sunny outside.
- Wash your face with cleanser for sensitive skin.