IPL 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 and permanent hair reduction. It is also an effective acne treatment.

What is Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

S-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, port wine stains 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 S-IPL also eliminates hair, employing a method known as selective photothermolysis. This involves disabling hair growth mechanisms by raising the temperature of the hair follicle high enough to damage the follicles germinative cells without damaging the skin and surrounding surface.

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 hair removal, the level of pain reduces with each treatment as there is less hair to treat.

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.

Is there any down time or restrictions on activity after S-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 S-IPL treatments are required?

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

Hair Reduction

Permanent hair reduction, means that in most cases the majority of hair will not return after a short series of treatment. This course of treatment varies from person to person, but will usually be about 6 – 8 regular sessions possibly about a month to three months apart.

The hair that is going to disappear for good will usually stop growing within this initial course, with any residual hair growth being finer, softer, lighter in colour and regrowing at a dramatically slower rate. This residual hair growth can be left alone, or you can have occasional maintenance treatments, which can vary from a few months apart to once a year.

The degree of hair loss and the time taken to get results will vary from person to person as there are many factors that can influence hair growth.
For maximum results you need to follow the initial course regularly as recommended by your therapist.

Back before S-IPL treatment

 

Back after S-IPL treatment

 

Woman’s chin before S-IPL treatment

 

Woman’s chin after S-IPL treatment

 

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.

Face before S-IPL treatment

 

Face after S-IPL treatment

 

Hands before S-IPL treatment

 

Hands after S-IPL treatment

 

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.

Face before S-IPL treatment

 

Face after S-IPL treatment

 

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, C, E 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 and solariums 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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