Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

 

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a safe and effective non-invasive light therapy for treating skin redness, rosacea and pigmentation.  It is effective in repairing sun damage, lessening the appearance of freckles and acne scarring and for collapsing broken capillaries.  

 

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Treatment Time 30 Minutes
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HOW IT WORKS

IPL works by emitting light into the skin, heating superficial blood vessels and/or pigmentation. The light damages pigment cells which are then shed with the skin’s natural cell turnover. Capillary walls are also damaged by the IPL, causing them to collapse, effectively diffusing redness and discolouration.   

IPL is used to treat any area of the body where there is pigmentation and redness. Popular areas include the face, neck, décolletage, arms and hands.  

RESULTS

Results generally occur after one to three weeks, depending on the area treated. 

TREATMENT PREPARATION
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning agents four weeks prior 
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications or supplements such as ibuprofen, aspirin and fish oil to minimise the risk of bruising 
  • Men are to be cleanly shaven prior to treatment

Advise your clinician if you: 

  • Are prone to cold sores 
  • Have congenital pigmentation 
  • Have Vitiligo 
  • Have skin irritations such as eczema, psoriasis and/or dermatitis 
  • Have melasma 
WHAT TO EXPECT

Prior to your first treatment, our clinician will consult with you to assess your suitability for IPL and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.  

The treatment will involve our clinician cleansing your skin to remove any traces of moisturiser or make-up, before placing the device over the area. As each pulse of light is delivered, you may experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation, however no numbing agent is required.  

WHO IS NOT SUITABLE

Anyone who: 

  • Is pregnant 
  • Has epilepsy 
  • Has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) due to light sensitivity 
  • Has a history of light sensitive rashes 
  • Is or has used Roaccutane in the last six months 
  • Has a recent tan or active sunburn 
  • Has had fake tan in the past two weeks 
  • Has tattoos at the treatment area 
  • Is taking medications causing light sensitivity 
  • Has skin cancers or suspicious lesions

If you are unsure, contact your clinic. 

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES
  • Pink/red skin similar to a mild sunburn 
  • Darker pigmentation for the first two to three days.  
  • The damaged pigmentation will have a speckled appearance which will disappear with natural skin turnover in seven to ten days. Speckling is not noticeable and can be covered with light mineral foundation. 
  • Capillaries may appear more obvious and redder directly after treatment or may appear to have collapsed.  
  • Some mild swelling may occur which is usually resolved within two to three hours.  
POST-TREATMENT CARE
  • Avoid any strong corrective serums. Use cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen only, until skin feels calmer. 
  • Avoid tanning or sun exposure without sunscreen 
  • Do not use cold packs, aloe gels or anti-inflammatories as they may decrease the effectiveness of treatment 
FOLLOW-UP AND NEXT STEPS

To achieve the best results, an initial course of three to five treatments is recommended for pigmentation, spaced two to three weeks apart.  

For treating capillaries, four to six weekly or fortnightly treatments are recommended.   

Your health and well-being is our priority. If you are concerned about any aspect of your treatment, or if you become unwell – contact your clinic immediately.   

 

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