Unconventional Use of Intense Pulsed Light

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Piccolo, D. ; Di Marcantonio, D. ; Crisman, G. ; Cannarozzo, G. ; Sannino, M. ; Chiricozzi, A. ; Chimenti, S. (2014)
  • Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • Journal: BioMed Research International, volume 2,014 (issn: 2314-6133, eissn: 2314-6141)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4167959, doi: 10.1155/2014/618206
  • Subject: Clinical Study | R | Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Child; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Off-Label Use; Skin Diseases; Young Adult; Intense Pulsed Light Therapy; Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all); Immunology and Microbiology (all); Medicine (all) | Medicine
    mesheuropmc: sense organs

According to the literature, intense pulsed light (IPL) represents a versatile tool in the treatment of some dermatological conditions (i.e., pigmentation disorders, hair removal, and acne), due to its wide range of wavelengths. The authors herein report on 58 unconventional but effective uses of IPL in several cutaneous diseases, such as rosacea (10 cases), port-wine stain (PWS) (10 cases), disseminated porokeratosis (10 cases), pilonidal cyst (3 cases), seborrheic keratosis (10 cases), hypertrophic scar (5 cases) and keloid scar (5 cases), Becker’s nevus (2 cases), hidradenitis suppurativa (2 cases), and sarcoidosis (1 case). Our results should suggest that IPL could represent a valid therapeutic support and option by providing excellent outcomes and low side effects, even though it should be underlined that the use and the effectiveness of IPL are strongly related to the operator’s experience (acquired by attempting at least one specific course on the use of IPL and one-year experience in a specialized centre). Moreover, the daily use of these devices will surely increase clinical experience and provide new information, thus enhancing long-term results and improving IPL effectiveness.
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