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