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What Makes a Good IPL System?



What Makes a Good IPL System?

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Written by: Kathryn Danzey

In basic terms a Good / Effective IPL systems should be designed to the following


1- High Energy Xenon Flash Lamp as the light source.
2- Single Pulse (flash duration) capabilities of 2 ms with energy in Joules
( not fluence J/cm2) above 3 Joules with a spot size of 5mm diameter.
3- Water cooled Xenon lamp to get the Pulse Energies.
4- Pulse trains based on 2ms to 5ms ( ON / OFF ) flash
5- Energy densities ( fluence) measured in the
visible spectrum..
6- Plain Glass Filters for safety and to avoid hot spots (not Dichroic).
7- UV blocking optics ( for safety)
8- Realistic repetition rate for correct treatment.
9- High Power PFN (pulse forming network) for Square Pulse Technology
10- Good transmittance Crystal ( interface with skin)
11- Water cooling blocks far infra red radiation that can be absorbed by skin.

It has been suggested by medical professionals that IPL as a tool in dermatology / Aesthetic procedures is replacing the many Lasers used so far and is financially benefiting both the user and the patient as prices of the systems and treatments are lower.


Broadband = choice of filters more treatments possible with one system
Large treatment heads
Faster treatment time
Safer to use

Results as good as Laser if not better in some cases (see summary)
– Affordable prices for a multi system
Less maintenance than Lasers
No special electrical installation
Cannot be used surgically like laser LASERS

Single wavelength = limited number of treatments
– Only a couple of applications per Laser system
Small spot sizes
Longer treatment time even with beam scanners
Specialised rooms for use.
Expensive as more than one system needed to cover all treatments
Surgical uses advantageous
– Expensive maintenance
However Laser are not replaceable and are vital in:

Precision surgical procedures (eye surgery, etc..)
– Brain surgery (high precision cutting)
Tissue welding

And many more procedures that IPL cannot touch at present

Limits of IPL
Cannot compete with Lasers in applications where pulses of light in the nanoseconds range are needed
(Tattoo removal typically and deep veins)

Cannot couple the light from IPL into fibre optics for internal surgical procedure ( such as kidney stones treatment etc…) like Laser.

Blue vein treatment not possible with IPL due to the depth and diameter of the vessels, possible with Lasers

Cannot ablate tissue like Laser.

About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection

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