Intense Pulse Light

WHAT IS IPL?

IPL is the abbreviated term for Intense Pulse Light. IPL is an Intense Pulse Light that treats using a full spectrum of light with different scattered wave lengths, while a laser uses one specific wavelength of light. IPL can release light over a wide wavelength range, unlike lasers, which can only deliver one specific, yet very powerful, wavelength.

The importance of wave lengths is that different wave lengths are absorbed by different colours (chromophores). The colour of the hair follicle is the target.
Once the light catches onto the dark pigment in your hair and skin and haemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels) it converts into heat and aims to destroy the targeted cells without disrupting the skin surface. This is non evasive treatment for unwanted hair and skin conditions.

WHAT CAN IPL TREAT?

IPL Hair removal

Using the latest technology with high radio frequency, which means improved skin coverage, compared to older style IPL machines.

IPL Rejuvenation focuses on infusing collagen in your skin, reducing wrinkles, tightening and toning of the skin.

IPL Pigmentation focuses on Freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation.

IPL Acne focuses on reducing acne.

IPL Vascular focuses on spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries.

All treatments will also help in the assistance to diffuse redness rosacea, red scaring, spotty look to neck or décolletage, uneven skin colouring as well as sun damage.

IPL CONTRAINDICATIONS (some examples of IPL not suitable)

This is critical to IPL and during a consultation if any of the below is disclosed test patch or treatments will not be carried out.

  • Recent Sunburn on areas to be treated.
  • Unprotected sun exposure or spray tans at least 7-10 days prior to treatment.
  • Pregnant
  • Some skin types
  • Active infections
  • Cold sores must not be active prior or during treatment.
  • Use of Roaccutane if used within 6 months
  • Medications taken that can be photosensitive, check with doctors
  • Medical issues unless doctor has approved.
  • Diabetes
  • Grey or white hair
  • Gold injections
  • Septicaemia
  • Lupus
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Easily bruised
  • If you are taking any medications or concerned please consult your doctor prior to treatment.

POTENTIAL IPL COMPLICATIONS

This is critical to IPL and during a consultation if any of the below is disclosed test patch or treatments will not be carried out. Unfortunately there are some potential complications with IPL treatments. We carry out a strict consultation to evaluate your skin which allows accurate evaluation prior to test patch. By carrying out this process this significantly reduces potential complications examples below.

  • Prolonged redness and swelling which can last up to 4 days
  • Bruising which can last up to 7 days
  • Whiter patches on the skin can occur
  • Darker pigment on the skin may occur immediately or up to a couple of weeks after treatment.  This is more of a risk for darker skin.
  • Blistering rarely occurs and usually settles within 2 hours with application of ice.  It you do blister do not pick as it may leave a scar.

HOW CAN SKIN REACT TO IPL AFTER TREATMENT COMPLICATED.

  • Can experience a sunburn sensation which can last up to 5 hours (mild to moderate redness)
  • Skin may appear spotty which is inflammation caused from the heat generated in the hair follicle and may last up to 24 hours.
  • Pigment and lesions may go darker almost black and can fall off up to 28 days or may just fade.
  • After a vascular lesion treatment it may immediately disappear or appear grey or purplish in colour.  This redness will gradually lighten within 2-3 weeks after treatment.

PRE AND POST PROCEDURE CARE

  • Minimum of SPF 30 used daily.
  • Limit sun exposure within 3-4 weeks prior and after treatment
  • No fake tan at least 7-10 days prior to treatment, (no fake tan present on skin prior to treatment).
  • No waxing, epilady, pluck or tweeze hair for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Area to be treated must be clean shaven.
  • Free of any chemicals products.
  • No creams on areas to be treated.
  • If you have a history of herpes in the area to be treated, we recommend you take antiviral medication prior to the treatment.

POST PROCEDURE CARE

  • Sunburn sensation may occur and last up to approximately 5 hours after the treatments.  Apply a cold compressor or ice to the area to be treated.
  • Apply Paw Paw cream and Aloe Vera gel and ensure areas are kept moisturised.
  • Reduce very hot water for up to 48 hours such as showers or baths as you skin will be temperature sensitive and can lead to burning.
  • Protect skin from the sun and wear minimum if SPF 30.
  • Do not exfoliate skin for 1 week after treatment as can lead to peeling and soreness.
  • Some skin care products may feel uncomfortable during treatments.  Ask you consultation for suitable products to use during treatments.
  • If Blistering occurs please do not pick as may lead to scaring.