IPL Photorejuvenation

IPL

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.

Hair Remover

For the treatment of unwanted hair.

Light pulses targeted at the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out and prevent further growth.

Generally in effected to light color hair.

Maybe used for hair in any location.

Under arms, bikini lines, back, face, arms, chest and legs.

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Photo Rejuvenation

  • Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
  • A topical anaesthetic 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 20 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, but some people find it distressing.

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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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).

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Skin Resurface

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.

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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.

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