IPL Photorejuvenation

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the following skin problems: Vascular lesions including spider angiomas, port wine stains, broken facial veins, rosy cheeks, rosacea and red thread veins of the legs,freckles, aged marks, facial lines, wrinkles and the removal of unwanted dark hair.

The procedure of rejuvenating aged skin is referred to as photorejuvenation and requires a series of IPL treatments.

IPL may also be helpful for mild to moderate acne and stretch marks.

How does it work?

IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targetting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).

What is IPL?

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Photo Facial is a 30 minute procedure in which intense pulses light are used to penetrate deep into the skin.

IPL/ Photojuvenation then causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines. The procedure involves only minimal discomfort, while the redness and swelling that sometimes occur after treatment disappear shortly.

Most benefits of the procedure occur gradually in the weeks to come following treatment. For more benefits combine Facial Sculptor RF and LED Light Therapy.

Skin Resurface

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IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis).

The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.

IPL is one of the safest light-based facial treatments available.

IPL Photo Facial

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Intense Pulse Light IPL is a technology used in various skin treatments. Photo Facial is a term for skin treatment that uses some kind of light based technology primarily for boosting collagen, treating brown spots, and diminishing broken capillaries.

A handheld flashgun is passed across the skin, delivering a spectral range of light that targets the hair or skin concern.

Vascular lesions including spider veins, port wine stains, rosy cheeks, rosacea, freckles, aged marks, facial lines, wrinkles and the removal of unwanted dark hair, anginomas and mild to moderate acne and stretch marks.


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  • Vascular Lesions- For the treatment of spider and thread veins and some vascular birthmarks. Light pulse targeted at the red pigment in the blood which heats and destroys the pigment without affecting the skin or other tissue.
  • Pigmented Lesions- For the treatment of age spots freckles and flat pigmented birthmarks and other discoloration problems such as Rosacea ,Melasma/ cholasma. Light pulses targeted at the melanin in the skins surface which heats and destroys melanin to remove discoloration.
  • Skin Reduction- For the treatment of age spots freckles and flat pigmented birthmarks. Skin tags and other discoloration problems.
  • Hair Remover- For the treatment of unwanted hair. Generally unaffected to light color hair (Blonde /Grey). Maybe used for hair in most location. Extreme caution recommend for tanned or darker –skinned clients.
  • Acne Reduction- Roscae, Melasma Cholsma and inflammatory acne, acne.

Impact of IPL treatment varies from patient to patient.

IPL -After Care

  • Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
  • A topical anesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
  • Cold gel is applied to the area being treated. IPL devices often have integrated cooling systems.
  • The smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated.
  • Treatment sessions usually last about 30 minutes. A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-6 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
  • Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.

Throughout the treatment session the patient must wear protective eyewear. IPL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band.

Price -$300-$600.00 per treatment.

What to expect?

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Photo Facial is a treatment based upon heating and stimulating the dermis (the inner most layer of the skin) while cooling and protecting the epidermis (the outer layer of skin). Immediately afterwards expect slightly red or flushed skin. It should take a few hours or day or so for the treatments results to become noticeable.

The redness will fade and you will see continuous improvements. Depending on condition your treating your experience will differ. Treating acne skin remains red longer than stimulating collagen.

Minor Side Effects

There are relatively few long-term risks associated with intense pulsed light treatment

  • Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)
  • Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure.
  • Sensation of a mild sunburn (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last a few days after treatment.
  • Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur.
  • Sometimes the pigment cells can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin. White patches or scars are rarely permanent.
  • Hair loss may occur.
  • Bruising affects up to 10% of patients
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