Considering a Course in Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a light-based, cosmetic treatment that reduces the signs of aging by reducing brown spots, reducing redness, and helping with broken blood vessels. It has also been used to treat sun damage, freckles, wrinkles, birthmarks, varicose veins, rosacea, and unwanted body hair.
Intense Pulsed Light treatment is one of the most effective methods for treating skin discoloration and helping to restore the skin to a healthier, refreshed appearance after only a few treatments.
IPL is also a very popular treatment in the beauty industry because of how swift the recovery time is after each session. A treatment session is usually 45 minutes and will leave skin feeling warm and red for a short while after the session ends, but as soon as the skin has cooled again it is ready to have makeup or sunscreen applied, and only gentle skin care is needed for about a week.
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is similar to laser treatment but where a laser focuses one wavelength of light on the skin, IPL is a series of light of different wavelengths. The light from IPL is less focused than the laser and penetrates only down to the second layer of the skin without harming the top layer so it causes less damage to the skin.
IPL works by sending light energy into the pigment cells of the skin where it is absorbed and converted to heat. This heat destroys the unwanted pigment and helps to clear up the blemishes on the skin, or it destroys the hair follicle to prevent the hair from growing again. IPL treatment focuses on the removal of browns and red tones on the skin. Damaged or uneven skin tone from the sun or hormonal issues can occur anywhere on the skin. Intense Pulsed Light can be used anywhere on the body but it works best in even areas and is not recommended for anyone prone to keloid scarring.
At the start of treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to alleviate some of the discomforts. The technician then has several different settings and will select the setting that causes your skin to respond the best for treatment. Once the treatment is complete you may notice that the dark spots become darker and will then start to break apart and come off after 1 – 2 weeks. This is not scabbing; it is the melanin that has been pulled to the surface of the skin.
IPL usually consists of a series of treatments spaced out about a month between sessions and it can be performed as a spot treatment, meaning it can target very specific areas or it can be performed over a large surface area – such as the face, neck, chest, and back.
Career Opportunities in Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
After completing your course in Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), you can expect to work as a Dermatologist, Dermatologists Assistant, Licensed Aesthetician, Beauty Therapist, or Laser Therapist.
If you’re serious about doing a course in Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and would like to learn more about it and its uses in beauty treatments, check out courses in the Nightcourses.co.uk national course finder.