IPL™ can provide facial rejuvenation with very little risk or down time. Patients at our practice typically undergo a series of 6 to 8 IPL™ treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart for maximum benefit.
Facial rejuvenation with IPL™ is easily performed in our office without the need for any type of sedation. After the IPL™ treatment, the skin appears slightly red and can take few minutes to get back to normal condition. At times it can get darker and then peels about five days later, leaving your skin smoother in texture and more even in color. You can return to full activity the same day after facial rejuvenation with IPL™ is performed, and you may wear make-up immediately.
Facial rejuvenation with IPL™
- Facial discoloration – sun spots, freckles, uneven skin tones
- Facial telangectasia – “broken capillaries,” red spots
- On damaged skin of the chest, arms, legs, and hands
- Hair removal / Reduction
How does Intense Pulsed Light work?
Intense pulsed light systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that stimulate the fibroblast cells within the skin that produce collagen and elastin and breaks down the pigmentation. This improves the irradiancy and tightness of the skin, controlling enlarged pores, and giving a more uniform complexion.
How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released.
The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
The chilled gel is removed and the area is moisturised.
Am I suitable for treatment?
If there are any areas of broken skin, treatment is delayed until the area has completely healed.
How does the treatment feel?
No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable.
What are the side effects?
The skin of some patients becomes quite red after treatment. However, most patients experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Redness and a slight warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack will be applied to the skin to ease these symptoms. You may see a darkening of any pigmented spots before they fall off, leading to an evening of skin tone. Tightening of the skin should increase over a 24-hour period, building up with each treatment and lasting between treatments.
How many treatments are necessary?
Treatments are carried out every 4 weeks and 6 to 8 treatments are recommended for maximum results. Thereafter top-up sessions are performed as required.
How long does each treatment take?
A facial treatment takes about 10-15 minutes.
Can one have IPL treatments if on medication?
There are a few medications where doctors should have concern. Certainly if patient is using a skin bleaching agent for the skin, the doctor needs to be careful before IPL treatment. The other concern is whether or not patient is taking Accutane, the drug perscribed for severe acne. It’s important that patient stops taking Accutane before having IPL treatment.
What pre-treatment is required before receiving IPL?
There’s really no pre-treatment that goes into Intense Pulsed Light treatment.
Prior to any treatment we will provide a full consultation. The consultation identifies your expectations and provides a complete explanation of the treatment.
A medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment and if you wish to proceed a written informed consent is obtained before starting the treatment.