Intense pulsed light (IPL)
What is intense pulsed light treatment?
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, has been used for years in the field of aesthetic medicine (e.g. for photodepilation) and has also proven to be beneficial as a solution in ophthalmology and oculofacial rejuvenation. The Miranza clinics use the most IPL technology that effectively fights dry eye and blepharitis with the same equipment, as well as thirty-odd disorders or skin lesions that are common on the face.
IPL consists of the controlled emission of high-intensity light pulses that turn into heat to treat a certain area without damaging nearby structures. This light has different wavelengths, depending on the filter with which the equipment is used, enabling us to act selectively on different layers of the skin.
The sessions take place in the consulting room, applying a cold gel to the area to be treated and applying protection to the eyes. The treatment normally lasts for 10-15 minutes and is not painful or bothersome, although you might notice the light flashes and a certain amount of heat at some points.
Problems treated with intense pulsed light
IPL alleviates the symptoms of dry eye and blepharitis (frequently associated) by acting directly on their causes: it stimulates the correct functioning of the Meibomian glands in the eyelids, the dysfunction of which is linked to both disorders, reducing inflammation of the eye’s surface and improving the quality of the tear film.
We also use intense pulsed light treatment to improve the appearance of the face, recovering its elasticity and firmness and eliminating redness, stains, spider veins or cherry angiomas, among other signs of ageing, stress, and sun exposure.
It is important to have a full prior diagnosis and personalised advice before the treatment, as we can use other solutions along with IPL to ensure more satisfactory results in each case.