Both the pleasures and stresses of life, along with the simple passage of time, tend to cause our skin to appear older. The signs of photo aging and sun damage are typically most visible on a person’s face. While numerous treatments from simple creams to major surgeries exist to improve various facial flaws, skin specialists have always sought dramatic improvement with low risk and no “down time”. Additionally, many conventional treatment options can only address one condition at a time, while they entail a prolonged recovery time, considerable pain, and potential side effects.
Imagine reducing the effects of aging and sun damage.
Photo rejuvenation using IPL is a non-invasive treatment that treats skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface, hence, no “down time”. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, such as broken capillaries, benign brown pigment, age spots (sun-induced freckles), mottled pigmentation and poikiloderma.
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What is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of aging, unsightly small veins and blemishes. It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction.
How is Skin Rejeuvenation performed?
A gel is applied to the area to be treated and you will be given dark eyewear to protect your eyes. You feel the smooth, cold surface of the IPL head gently pressed against your skin as it applies pulses of light. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. An anaesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Treatment is generally administered in a series of six to ten sessions that provide excellent long-term results, minimal adverse effects and high satisfaction. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk – and, it preserves the wonderful “no down time” feature that people appreciate so much. Treatments are booked half hourly or hourly, depending on your specific needs. Each treatment takes about twenty minutes.
IPL at Work
IPL successfully targets brown pigment in the skin as the light is attracted to the darker colour. This energy causes the targeted area to ‘grey’ or darken and over a couple of days to several weeks, this flakes off. Treatment may need to be repeated six or seven times.
Red blemishes from ‘broken’ vessels are targeted when the light is attracted to the red colour. This light creates an effective pathway for the heat of the radio-frequency to coagulate blood in the treated vessels, which slowly makes them less visible.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects are rare. You will experience some reddening and/or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. On rare occasions, clients may experience some pain, crusting, blistering or bruising, but this typically resolves quickly. The skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications.
Following the treatment, you can generally return to work and resume all regular activities immediately.