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What’s Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Rejuvenation?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo rejuvenation is a light treatment that improves Sun damaged skin: Age spots, brown spots, discoloration, redness, broken blood vessels, freckles, fine wrinkling and rosacea.

A lot of people look in the mirror and think they need a face-lift, when in fact what they want is for their skin to look rejuvenated, eliminating the uneven colouring, erasing the fine lines, and reclaiming the healthy glow of youth. When it comes to facial skin rejuvenation, laser treatments are fast replacing the need for plastic surgery.

I’ve been fascinated by lasers for years and have had an opportunity to use some of these specialized skin laser & IPL procedures which take years off your appearance. Why go under the knife when you can achieve the results you want with minimal invasiveness and little down time?

Several techniques have been used to improve the aesthetic appearance of Sun damaged skin. Light-based devices such as lasers have been employed to remove the upper Sun-damaged portions of the dermis to induce synthesis of new dermis. More recently, some authors have proposed to use non-ablative methods to induce collagen/elastic tissue synthesis without removing the overlying epidermis.

Among them, the intense pulse light system emits a non-coherent multi-wavelength light.

Both the pleasure and stresses of life, along with the simple passage of time, tend to cause our skin to appear older. IPL Photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that erases skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface, hence, no “downtime”. Using intense pulsed light, one can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, such as unwanted hairs, broken capillaries, skin discoloration, age spots, freckles, mottled pigmentation and the symptoms of rosacea.

About The IPL Laser

Intense pulsed light technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of aging, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, and other blemishes. It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense pulse light is a revolutionary technology that positively affects the appearance and health of your skin. Unlike lasers, IPL is more gentle, easier to administer, and requires no recovery time. Furthermore, the skin station uses a patented specific pattern multi-wavelength light output.

What Does That Mean To You?

Well, this type of output is MUCH BETTER than your typical laser treatment. Lasers are focused on a single wavelength. The multi-wavelength light is more highly absorbed by all of the elements of your skin, including melanin, blood and water. Lasers can compromise the properties of one or more of these elements, rendering them less effective and even damaging to your skin.

This light absorption and the effect that it produces are known as photonic rejuvenation.

Your skin is stimulated to produce new collagen. This results in clearer, smoother, tighter and softer skin. Red blemishes from broken blood vessels and brown spots of pigment from Sun damage respond to intense pulsed light. The light is changed to heat energy as it reaches to the level of the collagen beneath the skin surface. This is biggest advantage as against available laser therapy in Indian medical field today.

The skin station can also remove unwanted hair safely and effectively using the intense pulse light system to stop hair follicles from producing hair. Intense pulsed light technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of aging, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, and other blemishes.

It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction. This new procedure is called photo rejuvenation.

What Should I Do To Prepare For IPL Treatment?

Use broad spectrum sunscreen every day and avoid Sun exposure for 3 weeks before treatment. Some patients are also asked to use bleaching cream. Certain oral or topical medications increase light sensitivity and may need to be temporarily discontinued.

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Hello, I am Alice Davis from UK. I got intense pulsed light treatment in India with the assistance of your healthcare company. I was looking for treating sun damaged skin and brown spots. But the long waiting list at my native country made me search for treatment abroad. Luckily I came across your website offering cost-effective treatments. I send my inquiry about the procedure and the entire process. The executive was very friendly and guided me from the start to the end of the medical trip in India. I also got an opportunity to talk with my cosmetic surgeon over the phone before flying to India. He sounded kind and explained me well about the procedure. The hospital where I was treated had a world class infrastructure. The nurses and staff were quite supportive and caring. Overall, I am delighted with my decision to get my treatment in India through Cosmetic and Obesity Surgery Hospital India.

How Does  Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Work?

The light is selectively absorbed by “targets”, melanin (brown discoloration) and hemoglobin (in blood vessels). The target heats up and is destroyed while surrounding skin is unaffected, allowing selective removal of brown and red discolorations and abnormal blood vessels in Sun damage treatment.

IPL acne rosacea light treatment treats small blood vessels that are abnormally reactive, improving the redness, flushing and spider veins of rosacea. Removal of spider veins on nose and cheeks improves appearance.

What Conditions Can Photo Rejuvenation Treat?

Imperfections from Sun damage and photo aging. Enlarged pores, dull complexions and other facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your well being and appearance, no matter how healthy and young you feel.

Photo rejuvenation provides long-term improvement of complexion and skin texture, with only the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle. IPL photo rejuvenation is performed in the comfort and privacy of specialized dermatological medical facility.

After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of a smoother, revitalized skin. The same treatment can be used effectively on the neck, the chest, and the hands.

Why Are Multiple Treatments Necessary?

Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of five or six treatment sessions are recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities.

By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk – and, it preserves the wonderful “no downtime” feature that people appreciate so much.

What Conditions Can It Treat?

  • freckles
  • age spots(lentigos)
  • Sun spots(solar lentigos)
  • cafe au lait macules(birthmarks)
  • seborrheic keratoses
  • hyper pigmentation
  • port wine stains
  • rosacea
  • clears your complexion
  • diminishes unsightly veins
  • reduces unwanted freckles
  • restores Sun damaged skin
  • removes unwanted hair
  • spider veins(face and legs)

How Long Do IPL Results Last?

Much of the results are permanent if the skin is Sun protected. New discolorations may develop over time especially if there is continued Sun exposure. Additional treatments may be given if desired.

What Will I Look Like After IPL Treatment?

There is little or no downtime and most patients resume their usual activities immediately after treatment. Dark spots and age spots get darker for 5 days, then peel off. Patients who have a moderate amount of redness, flushing or dilated blood vessels may experience several days of redness and occasionally bruising. Rarely crusting or scabbing occurs.

Is IPL Safe Or What Are Risks Of IPL?

IPL laser treatment is suitable for all skin types, but as with most cosmetic treatments, there is a light risk of scarring.

The main advantage of IPL over traditional cosmetic procedures is its ability to deliver smoother, younger-looking skin immediately and much more comfortably, with little down time.

Treatment Advantages:

While laser resurfacing is among the most popular and effective skin rejuvenation procedure, it is often not the most practical for most of us. Laser resurfacing carries significant disadvantages, including being limited to facial use only, lengthy recoveries, and weeks or months of redness following procedures.

However, IPL treatments are also effective for sensitive, non-facial skin, such as the neck, chest or hands/arms, where laser resurfacing (and strong chemical peels) pose much greater risks of scarring. Since lasers produce only a single wave length of light, the body areas that they can effectively treat are limited.

IPL treatments are performed with many wavelengths at the same time, allowing the light to gently penetrate all levels of the skin where abnormal, easily dilated vessels are found. As a result, IPL serves as a less traumatic, gentle alternative to laser resurfacing, at about half the cost and no major down time. You can now with multiple passes using a long-wave length, will be able to see a difference with Class I and Class II wrinkles.

Why Choose Cosmetic and Obesity Surgery Hospital India for Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

Cosmetic and Obesity Surgery Hospital India offers the highest quality medical services and has world class facilities that boast the economical pricing, top notch hospitals and robust infrastructures. Our hospital has connections with the best cosmetic and obesity surgery hospitals at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and other places in India. Here we have associations with well trained, qualified and experienced cosmetic and obesity surgeons who understand the needs of the patients well. They provide cosmetic and obesity treatment to their patients at a low cost. Many medical tourists who have visited India to undergo different procedures for both the cosmetic and obesity surgery are highly impressed with the commitment to quality medical services and cheaper pricing.

Cost of Intense Pulsed Light Treatment in India

The cost of cosmetic surgery in India is much lower than what aesthetic surgeries cost in the United States, the United Kingdom and other First World countries. The costs of cosmetic surgery in India are lower because living in India is considerably inexpensive compared to living in the developed countries.

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What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin. The selected light waves target chromophores (colour pigments) such as melanin in brown spots and freckles; and such as haemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen.  IPL treats all conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface.

What is the difference between IPL and Laser?

Lasers have been used in surgery for years. The IPL is an adaptation of the laser, more suited to the beauty industry.  The biggest difference between laser and IPL, as far as treatment is concerned, is the coverage.   The laser beam is very narrow, only covering a small spot at a time, while IPL coverage is several times the area, and therefore treatments are much quicker.  The surface area of the Chromolite IPL applicator head is 7.5 square cm – one of the largest on the market.

Lasers produce light from one specific wavelength, or colour, for a very specific target.  The light emitted from the IPL is composed of a spectrum of colours from different wavelengths, enabling selective photo-absorption (light absorption) to different targets.  In other words, using the IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.

Permanent Hair Reduction: How does it work?

Intense Pulsed Light targets the colour pigment (melanin) in the hairs. Therefore white hairs cannot be treated. Dark hairs on fair skin have the best and quickest results. Fair hairs will require extra treatments with lesser results. Caution is required when treating hairs on darker skins; this is explained below and would be discussed more fully during your consultation.

The hair growth cycle:

Hairs grow in constant cycles: Firstly hairs are actively growing, then they become dormant (resting), and finally they loosen and shed, only to be replaced by more new, actively growing hairs. Only hair follicles in the active growth stage are disabled by IPL treatments. Hairs in the dormant stage of the growth cycle normally remain anchored in the follicles for weeks or months, depending on their location, but their follicles and associated hair germination cells are not disabled by IPL treatments.  These follicles will be treated in subsequent sessions. This is why you need repeated sessions.  Hair growth becomes sparser with each session.   All treated hairs should shed within about two weeks.

How often will I need treatments?


A course of 5 to 10 treatments is usually required to treat hairs at all stages of the hair growth cycle, at 3 to 6 week intervals; which varies depending on hair type and colour, and the location being treated. Fair hairs will require extra treatments. White hairs cannot be treated.

A maintenance session may be necessary from time to time, due to the development of new hair growth appearing, as our hormonal balance continues to change with age, or due to the influence of stress, illness, disease and drugs i.e; steroids or contraceptive pills.


It is difficult to predict the number of sessions required, as it depends on the nature of the lesions to be treated and their size, plus the client’s skin type, condition and colour.  Some conditions may require maintenance treatments from time to time.  This will be discussed during your consultation.  Different types of skin rejuvenation require different numbers of treatments.

What happens at my appointment?

  • Consultation and Test Patch:

Your first appointment will be a comprehensive consultation to answer all your questions and to check that there are no contra-indications to IPL treatments, such as medications which cause photo-sensitivity, and to ascertain the degree of recent sun or UV exposure on the area to be treated.

The colour of your skin and the condition to be treated must be assessed, then a calculation is made to determine the appropriate setting.  A patch test will be applied and we must wait to see the outcome.   Some conditions only require a few minutes wait, while others will require a separate appointment of up to 48 hours after the test patch.   It is very important to be honest about medications and your recent sun or UV exposure.  Clients with photo-sensitivity problems may develop some adverse reactions such as blistering or mild burning sensations.  Your first test patch flash will be set on a low setting in order to avoid this.  The setting may be raised if appropriate.

All Treatments:

The treatment area is re-assessed, wiped with a mild antiseptic lotion to remove all traces of oils, etc., and ultrasound gel is then applied.  Both the operator and the client will wear glasses to protect their eyes from the bright flashes of light, then treatment may commence.  The flash light lamp at the head of the hand piece is held against the client’s skin and the intense light is pulsed at the trigger of a button.   The lamp is moved to cover the entire area, with a minimum of 2 seconds between each flash.   Once the treatment is completed the gel will be wiped off and a cooling gel will be applied, plus sun block where appropriate.

Hair removal treatments: If your appointment is for hair removal; in areas of course hair growth the treatment area is obvious, but sometimes it is not so obvious, so it is therefore appropriate to allow the hairs to grow just a little, so that the operator may clearly see the area needing treatment.  This area will then need to be shaved before your IPL treatment begins, because it is imperative that the light is targeted down the hair shaft to the bulb. We don’t want to treat (and heat) hairs on the skin’s surface.  Where the treatment area is obvious, you may shave the hair yourself before you arrive for your appointment.

Is it painful?

Some treatments have little or no sensation at all, but for other treatments, clients may feel a slight sting, similar to the flick of a rubber band against your skin. It is certainly not unbearable, and we can always reduce the intensity if you feel the need.  Immediately after some treatments you may feel a mild heat for a few minutes, or a couple of hours, but after most treatments you will feel next to nothing at all.

How will I look after the treatment?

  • Immediate Response: In most cases there is no visible reaction and you would be expected to be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. However, IPL causes heat in the target tissues; therefore it is quite acceptable for the area to be slightly reddened immediately after treatment, but this  would normally dissipate within half an hour.  It is possible for the skin to appear slightly red for a couple of hours and up to 24 hours.   If a reaction is visible after 48 hours it is imperative to contact your IPL operator for further advice.   For those people concerned about wearing makeup immediately after treatment; provided there is no adverse reaction, (which is very rare), we can apply a mineral foundation to your face after your sun block.  After hair removal treatments is also common to see a slight swelling at the mouth of each hair follicle, similar to goose bumps.  This appearance should disappear within the same frame time as with reddening.

Please note: In darker skinned people, these responses may be delayed for up to 24 hours.

What Important tips I need to follow before treatment?

  • Sun exposure and tanning: You can NOT be treated if you have had ultraviolet (UV) exposure from the sun or sun beds within the past 4 to 6 weeks. Therefore, prior to your treatments you must cover well with clothing and hats and sun block to prevent the extra activity of the melanin cells in your skin.  Melanin cells are responsible for tanning.  Your tan slowly ‘wears off’ as those cells reach the surface of your skin in the normal skin- shedding activity, known as skin renewal. Fake tans stain the outer skin cells, and this colour will intensify the IPL heat at the surface of the skin, therefore we cannot treat with IPL for at least two weeks after a fake tan application.

Waxing, plucking, threading: For hair removal treatments, allow the hair to grow just a little, (2 mm is enough) immediately prior to your treatment day.  Please refer to the ‘Hair removal treatments’ sub-heading above.   It is advisable to shave between appointments, as waxing or plucking would remove the hairs that we are hoping to target in your next session. SHAVING DOES NOT CAUSE FUTURE HAIR GROWTH TO GROW MORE RAPIDLY OR TO BECOME COARSER.  Only the actual shaved hairs will become coarser, but they will shed, and new growth will be normal.

Bleach or depilatory creams: These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.

AHA Creams, Glycolic or Salicylic Peels: These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.

What are the Important After Care tips should I follow?

  • For 24 hours after each IPL treatment:
    • No sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds
    • Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
    • No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams
    • No very hot baths or showers – tepid water only
    • No heat treatments e.g. sauna
    • No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths
    • No deodorant – if underarms treated
    • No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotions, etc.

 Long term After Care:

  • Always wear a good sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
  • Avoid excessive sun or UV exposure. Cover up and be sun-safe.
Can Dark Skins Be Treated?

Light produced by laser and by the IPL is absorbed by the colour pigment, melanin, which is present in our hair and skin. Caution is required when treating people with dark skins, Asian skins and some other skins which tan very easily.  Hyperpigmentation or blanching of the skin is likely to occur if there is too much melanin present in the skin.  It is possible to treat medium to medium/dark skins on a low intensity.  The consultation process and a test patch, will determine whether each individual can be treated.  Strict guidelines must be adhered to, when treating darker skinned people, using only low levels of intensity at each session, and therefore more treatments will be needed to achieve a result.  Skins such as Negroid, Melanesian and some darker Indian skins are not treatable – for both skin rejuvenation and for hair removal.  Electrolysis is an option for these people, but it too, must be administered with caution, on a low intensity, due to the possibility of hyperpigmentation or blanching.

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