Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the following skin problems:
Freckles and Age Marks
Facial lines, Pores and Wrinkles
Vascular lesions including spider angiomas, port wine stains, broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, rosacea & red thread veins
Removal of unwanted dark hair
How does it work?
A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent hand piece which is gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the hand piece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types.
Is the IPL Treatment safe?
IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome.
How long does the treatment take?
The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the procedure the skin may become pink and feel a little sore. Some people have described it as feeling like mild sunburn, but this is a reaction that usually disappears within a day or so. If the skin pigment absorbs too much light energy, mild blistering can occur and the pigment can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches on the skin, which usually slowly recovers.
What happens during the treatment ?
Your first discussion with our specialist practitioner should clearly set out your expecta-tions of the treatment and the practitioner should tell you whether or not these results are achievable using this method. Your medical history will be taken, to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment.
The treatment is straight forward and the practitioner will use a small hand piece to touch your skin with flashes of light. Most clients describe the procedure as a little uncomfortable, with a tingling or stinging sensation during treatment.
How long will it take to recover?
Depending on the extent of the area to be treated, each session can take from a few minutes to half an hour. Most people find that they can return to work immediately after treatment.
How many treatments do I need?
Treatment success varies from person to person and relies upon careful client selection, setting realistic client expectations and client compliance. A course of four to six treatments every two to three weeks is normally recommended. Occasionally, we find that some clients require more than six courses of treatment and/or an occasional ‘top-up’ treatment once the initial course is completed.
Who is not suitable for treatment with Intense Pulsed Light for Skin Rejuvenation?
Clients who are pregnant should not have the treat-ment because of the hormonal and pigmentary changes that can occur during pregnancy. Recent tanning, or the use of artificial tans may also result in adverse reactions and treatments must be delayed until the tan is gone.