IPL skin Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light treatment is a procedure that treats a combination of changes of premature ageing in the skin caused by sun damage (pigmentation and facial vessels) as well as rosacea.

 

What is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

IPL is a non invasive medical technology that uses light therapy for permanent hair reduction, eliminating age spots, sun spots, freckles and other unsightly discolourations of the skin, superficial capillaries and other benign vascular lesions. It is also particularly effective for a high percentage of people with rosacea.

 

How does IPL work?

The treatment is applied by placing a hand-held treatment unit on your skin. This generates an intense pulse of light into the skin which is absorbed by elements with colour in the skin. The chromophores include melanin- brown (in pigmented areas) and haemosiderin- red (in blood vessels). Once the photons from the light hit the chromophore it turns to heat energy, destroying these abnormal areas, but leaving the healthy skin unscathed.

 

Do Intense Pulsed Light Treatments hurt?

You may feel a slight pinch such as that of a snap of a rubber band, but no local anaesthesia or pain medication is required.

With pigmentation treatments, again the level of pain reduces with each treatment as the amount of pigment is reduced.

 

Are there any side effects from Intense Pulsed Light treatments?

You may experience some short-term effects. This may include slight redening of the skin or local swelling which goes away within a few hours to days. With Pigmentation treatments  "miloing" of pigemented areas occurs and takes up to 7-10 days to slough off. 

 

Is there any down time or restrictions on activity after IPL?

You can return to work the same day and resume all regular activities. Treated areas must be kept protected from the sun for six weeks after treatment.

 

How many IPL treatments are required?

  • Reduction of pigmented lesions (sun spots) – 2 treatments
  • Reduction of vascular lesions – up to 4 treatments
  • Skin rejuvenation – 4 – 6 treatments are recommended

 

Pigmentation/ Freckle Reduction

IPL offers a treatment to reduce the colour of pigmented lesions caused by sun damage. One treatment is often enough to see results, but 2 or 3 may be needed for optimal results. Treatments are performed at 4 to 6 weekly intervals. Results will vary. Not all pigmentation will fade.

Sun damage typically seen on backs of hands, forearms, decolletage and face will respond well. We recommend you avoid sun exposure and solariums on the treatment area for at least 6 weeks pre and post treatment. At all other times use a 30+ sun block.

 

Vascular/ Redness Reduction

IPL offers a treatment which will reduce facial vascular blemishes like the fine thread-like vessels found on cheeks and around the nose. Also general diffuse redness can be significantly reduced.
Results will vary, occasionally minimal results may be obtained, but most people will see a significant improvement in the condition.

Often at least 4 sessions are needed in an area to obtain optimal results. Treatments should be 4 to 6 weeks apart. You may need to come into the clinic for periodic assessment between treatments.

Treatment of the full face is usually performed in stages rather than the whole face in a single session. Your technician will advise on how to best treat the area.
We recommend you avoid sun exposure and solariums on the treatment area for at least 6 weeks pre and post treatment. At all other times use a 30+ sun block.

 

Skin Rejuventation

IPL offers an anti-aging treatment which will improve skin tone, texture, refine and refresh the skin by increasing the production of collagen in the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles may soften. Also general diffuse redness can be reduced.

Results will vary, but most people will see a significant improvement in skin condition, especially if they combine treatment with Vitamin A, B3, C and anti-oxidant skin care and supplements. Often at least 4 sessions are needed in an area to obtain optimal results.

Treatments should be approximately 4 weeks apart.
We recommend you avoid sun exposure on the treatment area for at least 6 weeks pre and post treatment. At all other times use a 30+ sun block.

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