Intensive Pulse Light is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that is used to combat a range of skin problems including: red thread veins, Rosacea, port wine steins, freckles, age marks and dark hair.
The various wavelengths of the light target haeomoglobin (e.g. thread veins), melanin (e.g hair) and ink (e.g. tattoos), making this a versatile treatment that can be tailored towards your specific needs.
IPL systems work the same way as lasers as in light energy is targeted at cells with colour in the skin. That light energy is then converted to heat energy which causes damage to the chosen area. Intense Pulse Light delivers many colours (or wavelengths) in each pulse of light unlike lasers.
Yes. The consultation is your chance to talk about expectations and concerns. It's the Doctor's chance to assess the your skin and identify any contraindications that may prevent the treatment for being carried out.
The patient will be given protective eyewear. Then, a cold gel is applied to the area of treatment and the device which has a smooth glass surface will be applied to the skin. Pulses of light will treat the areas precisely.
Generally each treatment lasts around 20 minutes depending upon the size of the area needing treatment.
For severe acne treatment, 6 sessions ever 3-6 weeks will help to rid of unwanted acne. However this will be monitored to see if you need more or less.
On rare occasions Intense Pulse Light can hurt but it's described as a rubber band snapping against the skin or a slight pinch. If it becomes unbearable, a topical anesthetic can be applied.