IPL To Treat Seborrheic Keratosis

IPL or intense pulsed light therapy is a light technology that is designed to produce light of high intensity over a very short period of time. The technique is mainly used for the removal of body hair & pigmentation but can also be used effectively to treat seborrheic keratosis. It involves specific lamps together with capacitors whose rapid discharge of light produces the required energy and it uses a specially constructed xenon flash lamp and focusing optics. When used as a hair removal technique, the method is cheaper and faster compared to laser hair removal method. Other than hair removal, Intense Pulsed light therapy can be used to correct a variety of skin disorders such as birthmarks, signs of photo ageing, scabies, facial skin imperfections, and unsightly small veins among other blemishes. It offers a non invasive and safe solution that can be tailored to the individual’s specific condition or skin type.

The Intense pulsed light is also widely used as a skin treatment method and it uses the  technique known as photo rejuvenation which stimulates the production of ATP for a better renewal of cells otherwise known as photo rejuvenation. The ATP or adenosine triphosphate is a naturally cellular energy that the body cells use to heal and reproduce themselves. In case the skin cells are destroyed like when one is affected with Seborrheic Keratosis or after the treatment procedures of other skin infections, the ATP stimulates cell regeneration to heal and enable the restoration of the injured area, the rate at which the body cells heal or reproduce is determined by many factors like age, poor nutrition, and the skin’s general condition. Photo rejuvenation using intense pulse light therapy includes removal and repair of pigmented spots such as age spots & liver spots, freckles and damaged skin, signs of ageing with collagen damage and fine wrinkles, acne scaring, unsightly capillaries and small veins on the face and body, refinement and reduction of open pores on facial skin, rosacea and other body and facial discoloration including scaling and the zigzag lines caused by scabies infection.

In the process of using IPL or intense pulsed light therapy a cold gel is applied to the area of the body being treated and dark glasses may be given to prevent the individual’s eye from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the intense pulse light hand piece is gently applied to the skin and the pulses of light then applied. The patient may feel alight sting like the snapping of a rubber band. In some cases though it is seldom required an anesthetic cream can be used to make the area numb. The process is carried out in a series of 4 to 6 sessions that last about 20 minutes each and provide excellent long term results and high satisfaction with minimal adverse effects.

This is one of the more expensive treatments available for seborrheic keratosis, usually it is saved as a last resort when sufferers have tried other methods of seborrheic keratosis removal unsuccessfully.

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