As we age, our skin reflects damage from the sun, lifestyle factors, and the wear-and-tear of daily life. IPL Skin Rejuvenation, one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today, provides the ideal answer for patients with active lifestyles as the procedure requires no downtime.
What is the difference between I.P.L and Laser therapy?
Unlike Laser machines, which emit a single narrow wavelength of light (or colour), Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology delivers hundreds of wavelengths of light (or colour). These different wavelengths/ light colour are selectively absorbed by different tissue allowing a multitude of skin conditions to be treated with IPL technology.
What is I.P.L Skin Rejuvenation?
With each pulse of light energy, heat is emitted to the target area (e.g blood vessels in the case of vascular lesions or melanin in the case of pigmented lesions). This heat impairs the target lesion and therefore results in its gradual removal from the body and its visible appearance in the skin. In addition, to removing specific skin lesions the body’s natural healing process is stimulated causing an increase in collagen and elastin production thereby improving the skins elasticity, skin thickness, smoothness and wrinkle reduction.
What skin problems can be treated?
Prematurely aged skin – IPL will rejuvenate and resurface the skin which has been damaged as a result of the sun and other life-style factors thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and leaving your skin more radiant and younger looking.
- Pigmentation – IPL will remove/reduce the appearance of age spots, freckles and superficial hyper-pigmentation resulting in a more even skin tone.
- Vascular – IPL will remove/reduce the appearance of redness associated with rosacea, thread veins, spider veins and angiomas resulting in a more even skin colour.
- Acne – see Acne Treatment for more information
- Hair removal – see IPL Hair removal for more information
What areas can be treated?
IPL treatment can be used on most bodily areas e.g. face, neck, chest, bikini, legs and hands.
Preparing for the Treatment
Prior to any treatment you will have a full consultation (including a patch test) to discuss your expectations, benefits and potential side effects of the treatment. Your medical history will also be taken to ensure there is no reason why you should not have the treatment.
What is the Treatment like?
A small hand piece is used to touch your skin with flashes of light in the area to be treated. At The Hair Removal Clinic our equipment has a special feature which cools the skin as it is being treated so there is little or no discomfort during the treatment. Depending on the size of the treatment area, each session can take from a few minutes to half an hour.
After the Treatment
In most cases, IPL has very little or no ‘down time’‘, which means you may be treated during your lunch break with almost no visible evidence of treatment. Immediately after the treatment you may experience a mild warmth/tingling sensation which usually subsides after a hour or two. Make-up can be applied after the treatment
How many Treatments are required?
Depending on the skin condition being treated a course of 3-6 treatments every 3-4 weeks is recommended.
What results can I expect?
Medical research has proved that IPL and Laser treatments can significantly improve the appearance of a variety of skin conditions. Treatment success however varies from person to person and relies upon careful client selection, setting realistic client expectations and client compliance with pre-and post treatment advice.
Who is not suitable for Treatment?
Tanning: – You should not expose your skin to UV light or apply self tanning products prior to IPL treatment. If you do have a tan you should wait at least 2 weeks after your last UV exposure to ensure there is no residual activity in the pigment producing cells. A commitment to stay out of the sun is necessary because treating tanned skin increases the possibility of side-effects, such as pigmentation.
Pregnancy: – Clients who are pregnant should not have IPL treatment because of the hormonal and pigmentary changes that occur during pregnancy.
Medication: Clients who are using Roaccutane must have finished this medication 6 months prior to beginning IPL treatment.