Understanding How IPL Works

by
Dariusz

How does Intense Pulsed Light work?

Intense Pulsed Light systems release precisely controlled short pulses of filtered light that stimulate the fibroblast cells within the skin that produce collagen and elastin. Also, specific lesions such as thread veins, age spots and freckles can be targeted resulting in a more uniform complexion.

six Nd:YAG Laser may be selected to target deeper lines and to promote further collagen production.

How is the treatment carried out?

The skin is thoroughly cleansed, and a mild relaxing skin peel or Microdermabrasion is often performed before the Intense Pulsed Light or Laser treatment to maximise the results. Exfoliating the skin to remove the top layers of dead skin leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. A thin 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 handpiece 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 cooled. During treatment, protective eyewear is provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Yes, treatment is appropriate for most people except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable, no anaesthesia is required, though, and most people describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable, not unlike a quick pinprick.

Are there any side effects?

The skin may be quite red and slightly swollen after treatment, but this usually subsides quickly. Very rarely a small blister may form, and there can be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. However, most people 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 is applied after treatment to calm the skin. You may see a darkening of any pigmented spots before they flake off, leading to a more even skin tone. Tightening of the skin should increase over the following months as new collagen is produced within the dermis.

How many treatments are necessary?

Treatments are carried out every 2 to 3 weeks, and 6 treatments are recommended for best results. Thereafter, top-up sessions are performed as required, but typically once or twice a year.

How long does each treatment take?

A facial treatment, including a skin peel or microdermabrasion, usually takes about 45 minutes.

Consultation Procedure

Before treatment, you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.