What is the difference between LASER and IPL?
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LASER AND IPL?
A: IPL and Laser are light-based treatment methods used in the skincare and med esthetics industry to treat a variety of common skin conditions and permanent hair reduction.
The IPL and Laser equipment deliver their results by emitting a specific range of light energy towards a specific target in the skin. In a successful treatment the light energy is absorbed by water, blood, or pigment in the skin, which are eradicated without causing disruption the surrounding tissue.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL technologies project flashes of light energy onto the surface of the skin. The handheld device is placed directly on the skin and flashed at set intervals. The device emits a broad band of light energy into the skin, which is then quickly absorbed by the target. The diameter covered by the spot size varies and is ideal for larger areas.
IPL treatments are said to have less discomfort involved during the procedure, and require shorter recover periods and visible down-time. The peak temperature during these sessions is typically lower than that of Laser, making it ideal for treating heat sensitive skin conditions such as Melasma and Rosacea.
LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
Lasers operate by emitting a single wave of steady or pulsed laser light into their target. Depending on the manufacturer of the Laser equipment, some lasers are not suitable for all skin tones or skin conditions; therefore the technician is required to use different attachments or machines for treatment.
The spot size used to treat with laser is more concentrated, therefore smaller, and procedure time can be longer. For treatment of skin conditions, Laser tends to have a longer period of recovery and visible down-time following sessions. Lasers are said to be ideal for treating leg veins and tattoo removal.
IPL and Laser are both safe and effective treatment methods for treating skin conditions and permanently reducing unwanted hair. It is important to remember that results vary with both methods, there are specific guidelines to follow pre/post treatment, and number of sessions can range from 4-12.
For clients who meet the skin and/or hair criteria for IPL or Laser, the success of treatment is also influenced by the quality of equipment being used, and the technician’s knowledge of operating light-based technology.
In summary, the major difference between the two IPL and Laser is the range of light energy emitted by the device. Regardless of whether you choose IPL or Laser, it is always best to do your research.
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February Special: Photofacials YEG
Our advanced photo facial treatments are tailored to treat major skin conditions and deliver maximum results. With just a quick pulse of light we can smooth skin, diminish brown spots, redness, and broken capillaries.
Back by popular demand, throughout February, we have a BOGO special on our photofacials:
Combine any 2 photofacials for the price of 1.
ACLARA for pigment removal (read more…)
ALISA for skin rejuvenation (read more…)
ALIVIA for redness removal (read more…)
This special is limited to one area and is delivered in the same session. Not valid with any other promotion.
Browse through our selection and descriptions to see which treatment suits your skin’s needs most.
Try our Treatment Selection Guide to help you choose the best course of action for your skin. We offer free consultations with our Skin Expert who will analyze your skin condition, outline the benefits, and help you select the best treatment option.
We use the Sharplight Formax system that features a patented Dynamic Pulse Control (DPC) technology. It delivers quick pulses of light into the skin on areas of the face, neck, arms, hands, and legs. The depth of light penetration is measured according to the condition being treated, thereby targeting only selected areas and layers of the skin.
You may have heard that laser treatment can be painful, but with our Sharplight Formax system, you can rest assured that your photo facial will be a breeze. All hand pieces for the system feature a cooling window that cools your skin to a safe temperature during the service, meaning your skin feels cool and comfortable throughout!
Book now and begin your journey to fresh smooth skin!
Also, visit our Online Store to shop for professional Skincare products. Try our Home Care Selection Guide to choose the right products to target your skin type and concerns!
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ALIVIA ME photofacials are 40% OFF throughout November 2015!
NOVEMBER SPECIAL: 40% OFF ALIVIA ME Photo facial Edmonton
Wondering where the redness and broken capillaries on your face came from? Vascular lesions are due to conditions such as Rosacea, couperose skin, sensitized skin, or simply genetically sensitive skin. These types of conditions are characterized by frequent, consistent redness, and visible redness and broken capillaries. They are most commonly found in the facial and neck area. If left untreated these conditions can worsen, or mutate the skin’s texture.
At Dérmica, we have laser procedures that treat these conditions. Our Alivia ME laser photofacial will diminish redness and dissolve broken capillaries on areas of the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands! Best of all, throughout November, Alivia ME photofacials are 40% off!
Perfect for skin conditions usually characterized by frequent, consistent redness, and visible capillaries such as Rosacea, couperose skin, sensitized skin, or simply genetically sensitive skin, Alivia ME is performed using Sharplight’s Formax-VP System. This equipment delivers quick pulses of light into the skin, targeting only the selected area. The hand piece also features a contact cooling tip that cools the skin being treated, adding maximum comfort and protection.
Our chosen technology emits a light beam into the skin which is absorbed by different skin lesions. Through selective photothermolysis, a light pulse selectively destroys a specified target without damaging the surrounding tissue. The applied light pulse is absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin (formed by the combination of hemoglobin with oxygen, present in oxygenated blood) in the blood within the vessel, causing the blood to coagulate and the vessel to break up into particles that are naturally filtered away through the body’s lymphatic system.
Want to know more about ALIVIA?
Read up on Rosacea Treatment.
Read up on Alivia FAQs.
ALIVIA ME PHOTOFACIAL PROTOCOL
: 45 minutes
: 24 hrs
- Must not currently be on or have used Accutane or any other oral prescription acne medications in the past 12 months
- If currently using any products containing AHA/BHA/Retin A/Vitamin A on the area being treated, you must discontinue usage 2 weeks prior to procedure
- Must wait a minimum of 4 weeks (or up to 6 weeks for darker skin types) from last tanning (artificial or natural) session
- If currently on any prescription medications, check with your physician regarding possible photosensitivity
Potential side effects
- Disorders stimulated by light
- Cancer (remission under 2 years)
- Use of photosensitive medication and herbs
- Active infection of Herpes Simplex in treatment area
- Use of anticoagulants
- Fragile skin
- Edema (swelling)
- Erythema (redness)
Book your free consultation with our Skin Expert and begin your journey to a flawless complexion! This November Special excludes package purchases. Offer expires Nov. 28, 2015.
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Submit your questions to our Skin Experts, we will gladly share our knowledge.
Ask Dérmica: Sun Spot Removal Edmonton
I have developed a few brown spots on my face over the summer and am wondering if there is anything you guys can do to remove them?
It sounds like you have some sun damage that has surfaced in the form of sun spots.
Sun spots usually appear in areas of high sun exposure such as the forehead, nose, cheeks, and decollate. They can also appear on the body, back of the hands, upper shoulders (especially on people who drive during times of the day when the sun is at its strongest), etc.
Sun spots are cells that were damaged by UV exposure. Typically this damage has been caused before the age of 18 and surfaces later on in life and become darkened with repeated or excessive sun exposure.
If your brown spots appeared over the summer, I can surmise that they are sun damaged cells that have surfaced in the form of sun spots with the recent sun exposure you experienced this summer.
In regards to your question on the removal of your brown spots, yes, we can most definitely remove your spots.
We will shed some light on repair and maintenance.
Dérmica’s IPL Photofacials are safe, non-invasive Advanced Skincare procedures that deliver immediate results. We offer different types of photofacials for different skin concerns, and in dealing with your specific concern, we would recommend Dérmica’s ACLARA ME photofacial .
Aclara ME works to removes pigment spots (brown spots/sun spots/ age spots) and damage affecting your face, neck, chest, hands, and arms.
Throughout the procedure, we deliver quick pulses of light to the targeted area penetrating between 535-580nm into your skin. This process breaks up the spot, which then brings the pigment to the surface and sheds the spot with your skins natural processes.
We perform all of our laser procedures using Sharplight’s Formax-VP System. The system features a number of safety-control attributes including a contact cooling tip that cools the skin being treated, adding maximum comfort and protection.
Best of all, there is no downtime required for this procedure. An ACLARA ME photofacial takes 15-30 minutes, after which you can continue your daily routine!
As we mentioned earlier, most damage has been caused before the age of 18 and surfaces later on in life and becomes darkened with repeated or excessive sun exposure.
Having said this, we recommend reading our
Anti Aging tips
and of course, always use sun block, sun block, sun block!!! Sun block is vital, even in the winter months.
Thanks Lindsay for your question, we hope we were able to help.
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