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IPL Technology

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL is an advanced light-based technology).

It works by delivering shots of light of many different wavelengths over the area being treated.

Different sets of configurations are used to treat various hair and skin types and conditions.

In the mid-nineties this brilliant light- based technology was first introduced to the world with the sole
purpose of replacing laser equipment for cosmetic producers.  The idea was to make various treatments
possible with just one machine, rather than using different machines to treat each problem.

IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target
cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin.

IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower
layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic
as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable
overall outcome.

The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a client can often have the procedure done in their
lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.

What does the procedure involve?

IPL treatments are normally straightforward.

  • Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
  • A topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
  • Cold gel is applied to the area being treated. IPL devices have integrated cooling systems.
  • The smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated.
  • Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes. A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-6 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results
  • Most clients can return to work immediately after treatment.

Throughout the treatment session the client must wear protective eyewear. IPL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band, but some people find it distressing.

Side Effects

Side effects are minor and include:

  • Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)
  • Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure.
  • Sensation of 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 clients

Reasons why IPL may not be suitable for you

  • Recent sunburn
  • Unprotect sun exposure or solarium use 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • Pregnancy
  • History of seizures
  • Severe dermatitis or eczema (within treatment area)
  • Active infections
  • Roaccutane use in the last 6 months
  • Herpes 1 or 2 (within the treatment area)
  • Removing hair by the root e.g. waxing or tweezing 4 weeks prior to treatment (hair removal only)
  • Photo sensitising medications are best avoided

IPL offer fast, comfortable, effective with long term results and minimal side effects;

  • Permanent hair reduction
  • Vascular treatments
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Pigmentation treatments
  • Acne treatments






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