Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) / Broadband Light (BBL)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a light-based form of therapy, very similar to laser but which works somewhat differently and, consequently, offers different treatment possibilities.

The main difference between lasers and IPL is that IPL emits light over a spectrum of wavelengths, whereas lasers have a single wavelength.

IPL can be used to treat :

  • unwanted hair – this is probably the treatment for which IPL is most effective,
  • vascular lesions, such as port wine stain birthmarks,
  • Poikiloderma of Civatte,
  • some pigmented lesions,
  • photorejuvenation of the skin.

IPL machines are very common in beauty therapy settings, as they are seen as safer than lasers and are often operated by under-trained staff, thanks to the pre-programmed settings most machines have, which make an easier job of determining settings for a given treatment.

However, there remains a significant risk of skin and eye damage when correct safety measures are not used. And, as with all laser and light-based therapies, there remains a risk of not recognising and investigating medically suspicious lesions, if medical staff are not conducting the treatment.

At Neutral Bay Laser & Dermatology Clinic, the efficacy and safety of our treatments are our primary concerns. This is why only specialist medical staff and registered nurses carry out our treatments.