IPL Skin Rejuvenation

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What is IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment?

IPL treatment uses a beam of many different wavelengths of light to break down the accumulated spots of melanin, reddened areas and the blood which has leaked out of broken capillaries.

What are the benefits of IPL Skin Rejuvenation?

IPL treatment has a wide range of benefits. We can use it to treat:
  • Freckles, sunspots and other hyperpigmented areas
  • Acne (the light energy destroys bacteria colonising your skin)
  • Sun damage and diffuse redness
  • Broken capillaries
  • Uneven colouring

In comparing IPL Skin Rejuvenation against other photorejuvenation or pigment removal techniques, there are also more specific benefits:

  • Zero downtime
  • In some cases (such as for minor broken capillary treatment) only a single session is required
  • IPL treatment is broken up into several sessions, and you need only have the number of sessions that allow you to achieve your goals

What are the risks with IPL skin rejuvination?

There are some common (and indeed, expected) side effects with all IPL rejuvenation procedures:
  • Redness
  • Slight swelling
  • Initial darkening or your pigmented areas

If your IPL rejuvenation is performed by an unskilled or untrained operator, burns and scarring can occur. This is why we employ only fully medically trained staff at The Clinic, who undergo extensive industry-specific training.
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How many IPL treatments will you need?

 We recommend between 1 and 5 sessions to see long-term improvement for most clients, with 4 weeks inbetween each treatment.

What happens during the IPL treatment?

The usual procedure for IPL treatment clients is:

  • You’ll speak with a Skin Specialist about your background and medical history at your initial consultation
  • The therapist will make sure that IPL treatment will fulfill your goals, and may suggest an alternative or complementary cosmetic treatment.
  • If it is your first time having an IPL treatment a test patch will have to be done, then a follow up call will be made to the client to make sure no dverse reaction has happend, and it is safe to go ahead with the IPL treatment.

At your IPL treatment appointment:

    A cold gel is applied to the skin which will be treated

  • You’ll wear dark glasses to shield your eyes
  • The therapist will use the handpiece to treat the entire area

The procedure takes about 20 minutes in total.

Beautician Carrying Out Intense Pulse Light Treatment

Is it Painful?

 Local anaesthesia is rarely used for IPL treatment; there is a definite sensation but little actual pain.

Without local anesthesia, we would rate the pain of IPL treatment at around 2-3/10.

What should i expect after an IPL skin rejuvenation treatment?

 You’ll have a ‘healthy glow’ about you, similar to that produced by a vigorous workout (though you’ve only been sitting down!). Brown spots and pigmented areas will turn darker after the treatment, and the body will then break down the melanin which has been released over the next few weeks.

Post IPL Treatment

  • Avoid direct sun exposure for at least two weeks. Use a broad spectrum 30+ sunscreen containing Zinc oxide.
  • Ice-packs or aloe vera / after-sun lotion can be applied post-treatment for a soothing effect and to reduce redness.
  • If crusting occurs a moisturiser such as Sorbolene or Vaseline may be used to keep the area moist. DO NOT PICK the crusting, they should be allowed to fall off naturally.
  • Contact The Clinic if there is any indication of blisters or infection.
  • You can bathe as usual after treatment. Treat the area gently and do not rub with a facecloth or towel.
  • Make-up can be applied post treatment is desired, preferably a mineral-based product to assist with healing.
  • Do not shave / wax the area for a few days after treatment as the skin may be sensitive. Do not shave / wax at all if crusting is present.
  • Avoid using your active skincare products for 7 days post IPL treatment.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours following treatment.

 

Contraindications (reasons why IPL may not be suitable for you

  • Recent sunburn
  • Unprotected sun exposure or solarium use 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • Pregnancy
  • History of seizures
  • Serve dermatitis or eczema
  • active infections
  • Roaccutane
  • Herpes 1 or 2 within treatment area
  • very dark skin tone
  • photo sensitising medication
 
 
For more information about IPL Skin Rejuvenation, please call us on 07 3856 1110.

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