What Is Intense pulsed light (IPL)?
IPL is a non-invasive treatment that erases skin damage without disrupting the skin surface. The machine targets pigmented lesions, freckles, brown spots as well as redness, rosacea, and small broken blood vessels. There is no downtime associated with this treatment. Results from treatment may be short term redness, and some swelling however, you may return to your activities immediately. This treatment will also stimulate collagen production helping sun damaged aging skin and improving skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
IPL is an excellent choice for women and men of all ages considering treatment for various skin problems including:
Brown or age spots, Facial spider veins, Rosacea, Acne
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Any area can be treated ,this includes the Face, Neck ,Chest, Back ,Hands, Arms ,Legs and Feet
Does It Hurt?
There is discomfort associated with the treatment Each pulse of the IPL feels like an elastic band snapping against the skin To make the treatment more comfortable the laser is equipped with a chilling tip that cools the skin prior to treatment.
When Will You Notice Improvement?
You will start to see results after one or two treatments, depending on the nature of the problem Some skin problems will require several treatments before you see any difference.
How Many Treatments Should You Have?
A series of 6 treatments is usually recommended for most skin types and body areas.Treatments are usually done 1 month apart.
How should you prepare your skin prior to an IPL treatment? Absolutely NO TANNING prior to your treatment Treating skin with a tan can produce white “striping” which can take several months to fade Your skin MUST NOT BE TANNED.
You Should NOT Have IPL Treatments If You Have?
Lupus, keloids, A tendency to develop increased or decreased skin pigmentation when healing A dark skin colour (South Asian, African), A dark tan ( No sun exposure ) ,Porphyria (A blood disorder that makes you sensitive to light) , Photosensitivity medications.
What Are The Risks?
Some mild swelling or bruising may occur. Swelling is more common in patients with very red or pink toned skin that are having treatments to reduce redness
Bruising may occur if many large facial blood vessels are being treated Although rare, blistering or slight bleeding is possible as is hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation (lightened or darkened areas of skin)
If pigmentation problems occur, it may be anywhere from 3 to 12 months before normal skin tone returns This is especially so with hypo-pigmentation (lack of colour)
Some patients may experience permanent skin pigmentation changes. Scarring has never been reported after an IPL treatment, It is impossible to get permanent results even though the skin may be “rejuvenated” for long periods, the aging process continues.
The skin will usually improve with further treatment even though a lesion may be diminished or “disappear” for long periods of 3-6 months, it might return in the future.
The fact that the lesion responded to treatment but recurred usually means that it will improve with further treatment.
What Should You Expect After Your Treatment?
There will be redness, and occasionally, mild blistering or bruising of the treated areas lasting from several hours to 3-14 days
The treated area might crust or flake. This will depend on the sensitivity of your skin and the severity of the problem being treated.
Most people are completely healed within 7 days, there may be some mild swelling, crusting or bruising which will go away after a few days, and if not, you should inform your Aesthetician.
The dark areas or freckles may crust, turn black and “peel off’. This is normal and should resolve within 7 to 10 days. Your skin will be more sensitive for a few days up to a couple weeks after your treatment. There should be some discomfort, but no significant pain, you can return to your normal activities.