WHAT IS IPL?
IPL uses a sophisticate technology (Xenon flash lamp and optical prisms or filters) to instantly vaporize damaged cells placed deeper in the skin harming neither the surrounding tissue nor the top skin layer. While Microdermabrasion treatments such as Diamond Peel and Crystal peel targets at resurfacing the superficial layer of the skin, IPL penetrates deeper into the dermis to stimulate cell regeneration from within.
IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells without color in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver any wavelengths (or colors) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targeting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).
IPL Therapy is considered non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break an return to work immediately afterwards.
Results of IPL
Before and After
Conventional IPL Gel
Before the IPL treatment starts, you’ll be given protective eyewear to protect you from the bright flashes of light. A cooling layer of gel, also known as IPL Gel, will be applied to the treatment area. It serves to cool the epidermis during the treatment and prevent light from scattering. IPL gel conducts better light absorption to target the Chromophores (blood vessels and melanin) during the treatment; thus, the melanin of the pigmented area will absorb the light and disperse the melanin inside.
Plasma Magic Gel
Black Magic Treatment uses a proprietary formula created in Korea, known a The Photo Reborn Gel or Plasma Magic Gel. Unlike conventional IPL Gel, which has a clear color, the Plasma Magic Gel is black. Black Magic Treatment does not target pigments, but aims to rejuvenate the skin by tightening the pores and reducing sebum production.
Difference between IPL Gel and Plasma Magic Gel
Light depth & Intensity
The light depths are the same for Black Magic and conventional IPL as it is the filter of the hand piece, which controls the depth. Typically, IPL comes with two filters, one for hair removal and the other for skin rejuvenation. Light depth depends on the wavelength of the filter. The wavelength for hair removal is 700nm – 950nm whereas for skin rejuvenation, the wavelength ranges from 560nm – 950nm.
The intensity of the light depends on the energy fluency during the treatment. As the Plasma Magic Gel is formulated to increase efficiency in light absorption, only 10J is required for the treatment. Half of what is required for conventional IPL treatments.
As mentioned, normal IPL treatment is using IPL gel helps prevent light from scattering during the treatment. During a normal IPL treatment, there may be some loss of energy during travelling of light when it’s penetrating into the skin. The formulated Plasma Magic Gel can greatly reduce the energy loss and better absorb the light for better results using less energy.
Black Magic treatment works effectively diminishing the look of pores and reduces oiliness of skin. The concept is derived from Carbon Peel of Q-Switch Laser treatment, which normally can be only performed by doctors. Black Magic Treatment is of lower intensity but drawing from the same logical principals of the already well known treatment.
IPL treatment has reached a mature stage in the market since entering the market many years ago. As a hub at the forefront of innovating technology, Korea has created a twist to a conventional treatment to differentiate and offer something unique to the market.
Clinical trials have proven that the Black Magic Treatment is safe when kept within certain energy levels. Patients taking steroids or any anti-coagulant drugs, or experience photosensitive, sun tanned within 30 days should avoid doing the treatment.
Sometimes, we may experience breakouts after the treatment. There are two explanations for that.
1. The skin may be too dry and the patient may experience itchiness post-treatment.
2. P-Acne bacteria in the skin have reacted with the light and heat and have been killed. The process of healing and detoxification may cause minor breakouts.
For both reasons above, it is recommended to apply more repair gel and hydration gel along with sunscreen post-treatment.
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