WHAT IS IPL?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a long standing and popular treatment for very good reasons, particularly for the removal of unwanted facial and body hair.
But it’s also great to treat vascular conditions such as broken capillaries or “spider veins” and the pigmentation spots or “age spots” caused by sun damage. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen, which plumps up the skin and gives you a fresher look, and refines or tightens large pores.
DESCRIBE THE TREATMENT
Intense Pulsed Light is a fast and easy treatment that uses short blasts of a high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin’s surface to absorb melanin (the dark pigment in your hair and skin) and haemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels). This light converts to heat, which damages the target cells without disrupting the skin’s surface. This is used as a non-invasive treatment for unwanted hair and many skin conditions.
We use a cooled hand-piece that is placed in contact with the skin’s surface to reduce the sensation and then apply a second hand-piece which pulses the lightwaves through it into the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
You should expect some discomfort but the usual explanation of IPL is that it feels like “a rubber band snapping”.
WHAT CAN IPL TREAT?
- Flat, benign pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation). You might need clearance from your GP before some pigmentation treatments.
- Facial vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries, diffuse redness, poikiloderma – often seen on sun damaged necks and chests).
- Uneven skin colouring and blotchy skin tone.
- Lax skin and fine lines.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
- Skin therapies are two to three weeks apart.
- Full face rejuvenation may take three to six treatments as required by individuals.
- Vascular lesions (thread veins) will have three treatments maximum.
IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO BEFORE MY TREATMENT?
You’ll need to come for a 30-minute consultation and patch test. During this time, your concerns and questions will be answered. We recommend a homecare routine of a prescribed cleanser and SPF to be followed for two weeks before and after any IPL pigmentation or capillary treatment. The cost of the patch test is not redeemable against treatment.
We strongly advise against the use of supermarket and department store skincare, as ingredients such as fragrance, mineral oils, preservatives, essential oils, and artificial colours can create a range of issues. These include retention of heat, pimples and breakouts. They can enhance pigmentation, and decrease healing, so defeating the purpose of your IPL treatment.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRA-INDICATIONS?
It might contra indicate IPL if you have;
- tattoos on the area to be treated
- history of seizures/epilepsy
- Roaccutane use in the last 6-12 months
- melasma ‘pigmentation’ (we have other fabulous options for this)
- Some prescription drugs as they can make you more photosensitive.
- permanent fillers (injectables)
- diabetes (letter from GP required)
It is recommended to wait at least two years after finishing chemotherapy, as chemo thins the skin and the immune system can be compromised. Treatment from pulsed light would be more likely to cause damage as the healing potential would be limited