IPL is the gold standard for photo-rejuvenation. This FDA-cleared, patented technology provides dramatic results for a variety of skin conditions. The most common uses of IPL include facial redness, rosacea, spider veins around the face and legs, freckles, pigmentation, skin rejuvenation and acne.
IPL technology is a non-invasive procedure that improves the appearance of aging skin and gives it a more youthful look. Since it treats skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface, there is no recovery time and patients can return to regular activities right after treatment. In addition to treating the face, the neck, chest and hands are commonly treated as well.
How does IPL work?
IPL technology is a type of laser that generates intense bursts of red or blue light and consists of a very bright, controlled light that is absorbed by various components of the skin.
The colours in the light are attracted by the red and brown discolouration in the skin and by the collagen tissue. The body’s healing mechanism takes over and absorbs the reds, sloughs the browns and stimulates the production of new collagen. The light is customized to your specific skin condition and colour to effectively improve the cosmetic appearance of your skin. It will appear smoother and younger-looking.
What is photo-rejuvenation?
Photo-rejuvenation using IPL is a safe and effective treatment for men and women to reverse sun-induced skin damage. It improves the texture of the skin, stimulates your own collagen to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, clears red blotches and spider veins, and fades brown spots, including brown age spots found on the backs of hands. It can also soften scars and reduce pore size, all with very little recovery time.
What areas can be treated?
It is usually performed on the face, neck, chest, back, arms and hands.
How long does it take skin to recover after your IPL treatment?
The treatment is pain-free but you may experience a slight tingling sensation and have some redness after for an hour to 24 hours. Each treatment takes around 30 minutes and you will be able to leave the clinic immediately after your session.
How is the treatment done?
A cold gel is applied to the skin to help the absorption of light and keep the skin cool. You’ll be asked to wear protective eyewear. The pulse of light feels like a small sting, but it is well tolerated. The treatment takes about 30 minutes. Usually 5 or 6 treatments, 3 to 4 weeks apart, are required to see maximal results. Improvement is natural and gradual. You must avoid direct sun exposure while undergoing treatment.
What conditions can be treated?
- sun damage
- redness, flushing and small veins
- red discolouration and enlarged pores caused by acne
- brown pigmentation, age spots and freckles
- a dull complexion
- fine lines and mild scarring
What improvement can I expect?
Your skin will appear smoother, firmer and refreshed. Improvement in tone and texture will give a more polished look. You will have a more even skin colour, with reduced pore size, softened fine lines and improved acne scarring.
How long will the results last?
The results can last for years, depending on the aging process and environmental factors such as sun exposure. We also recommend a top-up treatment once or twice a year to maintain your rejuvenated skin.