IPL Hair Removal and Photofacial Gels
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IPL gel, also known as intense pulsed light gel, is a type of gel that is used in intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. IPL treatments are a type of light-based medical treatment that is used to improve the appearance of the skin. They can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as sun damage, age spots, freckles, and acne.
IPL gel is applied to the skin before the treatment. It helps to create a good contact between the skin and the IPL device, which is necessary for effective transmission of the light energy. Without the gel, the light energy may be absorbed or scattered by the skin, leading to reduced effectiveness of the treatment.
IPL gel is typically water-based and non-greasy. It is easy to clean off the skin and is available in various sizes. It is important to use a high-quality IPL gel to ensure the best possible results in IPL treatments.
Intense pulse light treatment uses bright with multiple frequencies and broad spectrum which penetrates the skin. It is used for skin rejuvenation and hair removal. Due to the high frequency and broad spectrum of light delivered during intense pulse light treatments, using a gel that is suited for such procedures is very important. The high wavelength and intensity of the light can lead to an increased temperature, which in turn can cause heat, or burns if adequate protection and cooling isn’t done.
A typical conductive gel used for intense pulse light treatment works primarily to cool the skin and protect it from heat injuries during the procedure. Some patients have expressed discomfort and even pain during IPL treatment, so the gel aids in making the procedure more tolerable.
The cool IPL gel is used to cool the skin and transmit right into the skin while keeping it comfortable while using IPL laser. It can help reduce immediate redness or burning of the skin.
Intense pulse light emits light frequencies from a crystal which then directs the light to the skin for absorption. If there is no gel to aid this, there will be no adequate conductivity between the crystal and the skin. Using the right conductive gel is very important during intense pulse light treatments because it helps guide the light emitted by the device directly to the area being treated without deflecting or scattering the light. The IPL produces multi-spectrum light which is easy to dissociate, so avoiding unnecessary reflection of light ensures that the light produced is focused enough to target the specific part of the skin being treated and ensure maximum penetration and effectiveness of the treatment.
Even though the conductive gel is applied to the patient’s skin when the procedure takes place, the IPL gel used during the treatment also offers protection to the device being used, as it safeguards the handpiece crystal from burned particles. So, if the conductive gel is not used during the procedure, it can lead to serious damage to the handpiece’s crystal, affecting the effectiveness of the device.
For IPL treatments, look out for conductive gels that are water-soluble/water-based, non-greasy and oil-free, non-stain, non-irritant, and non-corrosive.
Deciding to opt for a substitute for conductive gels is very dicey. In as much as there are possible alternatives, it is not exactly encouraged in clinical settings.
As a medical spa or beauty clinic, client’s look up to your establishment as a gold standard for beauty and skin treatments, and this standard has to be maintained. The offer and services have to be medical grade level and, should be nothing like the DIY counterparts. People come to you for that expertise, so the aim is to offer nothing but the best services, with the client’s best interest at heart. You also do not want a situation where using substitutes or alternatives will affect the effectiveness of your treatments, which in turn affects your services and client base.
When choosing products to use at your spa/clinic, always get the best materials that will serve the needed purpose. This ensures you’re operating at a maximum and your clients are always happy to return or make referrals.
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