Vein Removal and Capillary/Couperose Treatments
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy uses a non-laser high-intensity source of light to treat veins, as well as a variety of other skin problems. IPL treats veins by heating and damaging the walls of the blood vessel. This causes them to collapse and disappear over time. IPL is most effective on small veins close to the surface of the skin.
How does IPL treatment for spider veins work?
When IPL is used to treat veins, the light generates heat in the veins. As with other vein treatments, this causes the walls of the vein to collapse and form scar tissue. Eventually, these veins will be reabsorbed by the body and fade away after several weeks.
In general, IPL affects the lower layers of the skin, rather than the top. This allows it to reach deeper structures without burning the surface of the skin.
Like laser devices, IPL devices can produce different types of pulsed light. Lasers produce light of a single wavelength (color), which allows them to target a greater number of skin and vein problems.
Light from an IPL device includes light of many different wavelengths, which makes the light look white. The amount of each wavelength can be varied, which allows the same IPL device to be used to target and treat different vein and skin conditions.
The IPL device emits pulses of light. When these light pulses strike the skin, some of the light energy is converted to heat. How much heat is generated and in which parts of the skin depend upon the wavelengths of light included in the pulses.