|Lumenis One IPL handpiece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology as the name suggests, utilizes high intensity light over a short duration. Though strictly speaking IPL is not Laser, most of the precautions for Laser need to be followed for IPL treatments also. IPL is mostly used as a cheaper alternative for Laser Hair Removal. It can also be useful in some cases of acne and broken veins. Paradoxically it may even be useful in reversing the effects of photo-ageing. Since IPL emits light of different wavelengths, it is difficult to specifically target different tissues though certain modifications of this technology (VPL) claim to achieve this in a different innovative way.