IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
IPL also known as photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment. IPL uses high intensity pulses of light to help improve the tone, texture and appearance of the skin. IPL can be used in the treatment of brown spots, sun spots, broken capillaries, fine lines and it can also help alleviate the symptoms associated with rosacea. Leaving the skin looking brighter, smoother, and more radiant.
Benefits of IPL
- Improves tone and skin texture
- Customisable for different skin type and skin conditions
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Treatment for broken capillaries and redness
- Virtually no downtime is needed
Who can have this treatment?
Not all skin types react in the same way to cosmetic treatments. Only a qualified medical professional can determine if you are suitable for this treatment. A history of poor wound healing, keloids, or hypertrophic scarring may be an indication to avoid this treatment. Therapy using IPL is contraindicated for patients who have seizure disorders triggered by light, or are pregnant or breastfeeding)
Which areas can be treated?
IPL is very versatile it can be used on multiple areas of the body including face, neck, chest, back, legs and arms.
How many treatments will I need?
The recommended protocol for optimal results is 3-6 sessions at 4-week intervals. Depending on the severity of the condition being treated more treatments may be required.
What does the procedure involve?
The Medical Aesthetician will cleanse your skin using chlorhexidine. A thin layer of gel is applied to lubricate the handpiece and to help cool the skin during the treatment. The handpiece is then placed against the skin and pulses of limit are emitted. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots or the blood in the visible vessels and converted to heat. The heat then shatters the pigment cells and shrinks the vessels. After the treatment a cooling gel is applied followed by Sunscreen.
The treatment causes mild discomfort. Patients report a warm tingling sensation during the treatment.
Treatment time varies depending on the treatment area and concern. It can take between 30-60 minutes.
What are the side effects?
Side effects can include temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site. The redness typically resolves in 3 hours but in some cases may linger for 24 hours. Typically, unwanted pigmentation may darken over the next 24hours before fading away.
When will I see results?
To achieve the best results, it is recommended that patients have 3-6 sessions spaced at 4weeks intervals. Gradual improvement can be seen after each session. Optimal results occur around 3-4 months after the initial treatment. The results are typically maintained for 18-24months. Maintaining the results usually requires 1-2 yearly touch-up treatments.
What is the cost of this treatment?
Please contact us for the cost of an IPL treatment session based on area.
Can this treatment be done the same day as a Facial or Laser Treatment?
No. Facials, Lasers, Botox and Dermal Filler treatments cannot be done for 1 week before or 1 week after IPL treatments.
Can I continue using Retinol prior to the IPL?
It is recommended to stop any products containing Retinol one week prior to having an IPL treatment and can resume 1 week after.
Can I get this treatment if I am on Accutane?
No. Accutane must be stopped for 6 months prior to this treatment
When can I return to Normal Activities?
Overall, IPL does not require much downtime. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities for the first 24hours. Make-up can be applied 4 hours after treatment. Following an IPL treatment, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure as the sun rays can be damaging to your face. Using sun protection at all times is recommended to avoid recurrence of the pigmentation.
Do I need to do anything in preparation for this treatment?
Please advise us prior to treatment if you have suffered in the past with cold sores on the skin or lips. This viral infection may be re-activated in these areas by laser treatments. You may be required to take an anti-viral medication such as Valtrex on the day of your treatment and for several days after your treatment.
No sun bathing, tanning beds or sunless tanning creams two weeks before and four weeks after your laser treatment. The presence of any tan decreases the effectiveness of the laser and can increase the chance of post-treatment complications.