IPL: Intensive Pulse Light Technology
IPL (Intensive Pulsed Light) is a light therapy which is suitable for both men and woman who are suffering from rosacea, skin redness on the face and neck, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and acne.
IPL can penetrate deep into the skin and selectively act on the subcutaneous pigment and blood vessels to decompose melanin and vascular lesions. The IPL device emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, making the lesion or pigment less visible.
The benefits of IPL:
- Reduce pigmentation and redness– Reverse the signs of sun damaged helps diminishing the appearance of brown spots, blotched and pigmentation on the face or body.
- Smoothing of the skin– Stimulates the production of collagen, a natural protein that fills in lines, making the skin smooth and youthful.
- Improving the overall texture– Maintain youthful and even-looking skin through the removal of unwanted pigmentation.
The area will be cleaned and prepped for treatment. Ultrasound gel is applied to the area for protection, eye protection will be worn during the treatment by the client and aesthetician.
After the Procedure:
There may be mild redness, swelling, heat sensitivity and tenderness. This will subside after 48hrs, homecare should be followed to avoid any adverse reactions.
The full healing process can take up to 2 weeks, a review will be carried out to check the area. Further treatments can be carried out after 4 weeks.
- Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary)
- Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure
- A sensation of a mild sunburn (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last a few days after treatment
- Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur
- Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin. White patches or scars are rarely permanent
- Hair loss may occur
- Bruising affects up to 10% of patient
- Temporary irritation resulting in blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture