IPL - Intense pulse light

Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment that uses light to absorb melanin (the dark pigment in your hair and skin) and hemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels). This light converts to heat, which damages the target cells without disrupting the skins surface. This is used as a non-invasive treatment for unwanted hair and many skin conditions. 

What can IPL treat?

  • Flat, benign pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation)
  • Facial vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries)
  • Diffuse redness, rosacea and red scarring
  • Poikiloderma (redness, pigmentation and a spotty look to the neck and/or décolletage)
  • Unwanted dark facial and body hair
  • Uneven skin colouring
  • Sundamage

How will my skin react after the IPL treatment?

Most patients will experience a sunburn like sensation that can last 2 to 5 hours and is often associated with mild to moderate redness. The treated area is generally sensitive to heat for 2 days following treatment. You will also be photosensitive, so sunscreen is a must.

After hair removal the skin may appear spotty, this is inflammation caused from the heat absorbed in the hair follicle and can last 2 to 24 hours.

After treatment of pigmented lesions the lesion will go darker sometimes almost black, then will 'slough' off within 7 to 28 days (depending on the area of the body) or it will just gradually fade.

After treatment of vascular lesions they will either disappear immediately or appear grey or purplish in colour. Diffused redness immediately appears a lot redder then gradually lightens within 2-3 weeks. Vascular treatments generally require 3-6 treatments for best results.

Treatment of benign pigmented lesions generally requires 1-3 treatments performed approximately every 7-28 days or once all the darkened cells have sloughed off. A 70-90% reduction of pigmentation can be expected. Recommended skin care and strict sun protection help to maintain the results for much longer. Visible improvements are seen with each treatment.

Vascular lesions or diffuse redness generally requires 3-4 treatments at weekly intervals to achieve the best results. This is so we can progressively destroy the vessels without damaging the surrounding skin. Best results are seen 3 weeks after the last treatment.

Photo-rejuvenation treatments will also stimulate the production of collagen. Many patients find that their skin feels firmer, smoother and looks clearer after a course of treatments.