Intense Pulsed Light
What is IPL?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. This energy can cause destruction of unwanted pigmentation or veins and even boost collagen synthesis in that area of the skin.
Treatments resemble a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin.
The selected light waves target sunspots (brown pigments) or thread veins (tiny red veins).
What is the difference between IPL and Laser?
Lasers are made up of light of one specific wavelength, or colour, which is very concentrated and powerful- think of a laser pointer as an example. The white light emitted from the IPL handpiece is composed of multiple colours from different wavelengths, which is weaker than laser but enables us to treat a wider variety of different targets- think of a flashing white torch as an example.
What can IPL treat?
IPL can be used to treat the following:
– Skin tone & texture
– Pigmentation such as sunspots
– Vascular Lesions such as thread veins (tiny red veins)
– Acne & Rosacea
How many treatments will I need?
It is difficult to predict the number of sessions required, as it depends on several factors. These include the severity and nature of the condition to be treated, the size of the area to be treated, as well as the client’s skin type, condition and colour. Some conditions may require maintenance treatments from time to time. As a guide, one monthly session is usually required with an average of 3-6 sessions for full results.
What happens at my appointment?
Your first appointment will include a comprehensive consultation to answer all your questions & to ensure this is the most appropriate treatment for you. A patch test will be performed, and you will be brought back to assess the results of this and carry out treatment if suitable. You will require a separate appointment of up to 48 hours after the patch test to have the treatment carried out.
Is it painful?
Some patients feel little or no sensation at all, whereas others feel a slight sting, similar to the flick of a rubber band against your skin. It is certainly not unbearable, and we can always reduce the intensity if you feel the need.
What can I do to prepare for my treatment?
Sun exposure and tanning:
You cannot be treated if you have tan as a result of sun exposure or sun beds within the past 2 weeks. Therefore prior to your treatments you must cover well with clothing, hats and sun block.
Fake tans stain the outer skin cells, and this colour will intensify the IPL heat at the surface of the skin, therefore we cannot treat with IPL for at least two weeks after a fake tan application.
Are there any aftercare instructions I should be aware of?
For 1 week after each IPL treatment:
- Avoid strong sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds
- Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
- No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams
Can Darker Skin Types Be Treated?
It is possible to treat medium to medium/dark skins on a low intensity. The consultation process and a patch test will determine whether each individual can be treated.