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Skin Rejuvenation / Photo Facial
IPL Photo Rejuvenation is the latest treatment in modern cosmetology, allowing the transformation of red, blotchy skin into a radiant complexion.
The innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) called photofacial reduces the effects of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea and signs of ageing.
1. Skin Rejuvenation - How does it work?
a) Skin Rejuvenation is also known as photo-rejuvenation,
the non-invasive, non-surgical face lift. IPL Technology activates cells in the skin called fibroblasts which stimulate collagen remodelling and new collagen production. This helps to rejuvenate the skin, improving its texture, visibly minimising pores and reducing superficial fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a more youthfully hydrated appearance.
b) IPL emits energy to treat the melanin within the pigmentation. The light heats the pigment and breaks it up. The lesion darkens and crusts after treatment and is then naturally shed from the skin after approximately ten days after treatment. Over time and with the right course of treatment pigmentation and freckles become visibly reduced resulting in a more rejuvenated, younger look.
c) IPL treats the dilated blood vessels in the face. The light travels to the vascular structures of the skin and is absorbed by haemoglobin, where it is converted into heat which destroys the protein in the wall of the thread vein, causing the vein to gradually disappear. Over time and with the right course of treatment, the redness and flushing of the skin becomes visibly reduced. Because there is no known cause for rosacea, eliminating the condition altogether is impossible. However IPL is effective in relieving its sign and symptoms.
d) IPL is an ideal drug-free treatment for mild and moderate inflammatory acne, for which we get remarkable results. Acne is very often caused by internal factors such as
hormonal imbalance, stress and food allergies.
This is a wonderful treatment for clearing an annoying spot or boil, especially before an important event where looking good is essential. In this case it would be best to use the treatment a week before the special date. It is also great for anyone with permanent acne, as they will greatly benefit from regular treatments.
Haemoglobin, the red pigment in the blood, absorbs this IPL light and heats up in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands. This causes minor injury to the sebaceous glands, which decreases the overproduction of oil that leads to acne.
2. How often will I need treatments?
* SKIN REJUVENATION
It is difficult to predict the number of sessions required, as it depends on the nature of the lesions to be treated and their size, plus the client’s skin type, condition and colour. Some
conditions may require maintenance treatments from time to time. This will be discussed during your consultation. Different types of skin rejuvenation require different numbers of
The following is a guide only:
SKIN TONE & RE-TEXTURE:
Fine lines & wrinkles, enlarged pores, minor pitting and scarring, etc.
2 to 4 treatments usually recommended, at 4 to 6 week interval
* VASCULAR LESIONS:
Facial redness, broken capillaries, spider veins, etc.
2 to 6 treatments usually recommended, at 2 to 6 week intervals.
* PIGMENTATION MARKS:
Freckles, sun spots, flat birthmarks, etc.
2 to 8 treatments usually recommended, at 4 to 6 week intervals
* ROSACEA AND ACNE:
Results are profound, but these hormonal conditions may return.
2 to 6 treatments usually recommended, at 1 to 3 week intervals.
3. What happens at my appointment?
Consultation and Test Patch:
Your first appointment will be a comprehensive consultation to answer all of your questions and to check that there are no contra-indications to IPL treatments, such as medications which cause photo-sensitivity, and to ascertain the degree of recent sun or UV exposure on the area to be treated.
A patch test will be applied and we must wait to see the outcome. Some conditions only require a few minutes wait, while others will require a separate appointment of up to 48 hours after the test patch.
The treatment area is re-assessed, wiped with a mild antiseptic lotion to remove all traces of oils, etc., and ultrasound gel is then applied. Both the operator and the client wear glasses to protect their eyes from the bright flashes of light, before treatment commences. The flash light lamp at the head of the hand piece is held against the client’s skin. The lamp is moved to cover the entire area, with a minimum of 2 seconds between each flash. Once the treatment is completed the gel will be wiped off and a cooling gel is applied, plus sun block where appropriate.
4. How will I look after the treatment?
In most cases there is no visible reaction and you would be expected to be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. However, IPL causes heat in the target tissues; therefore it is quite acceptable for the area to be slightly reddened immediately after treatment, but this would normally dissipate within half an hour. It is possible for the skin to appear slightly red and swollen for a couple of hours and up to 24 hours. If a reaction is visible after 48 hours it is imperative to contact our clinic.
5. Important Pre-Care
Sun tan, fake tan:
You CANNOT be treated if you have had ultra violet (UV) exposure from the sun or sun beds within the past 4 to 6 weeks. Therefore prior to your treatments you must cover up well with clothing
and a hat and sun block.
Fake tans stain the outer skin cells, and this colour will intensify the IPL heat at the surface of the skin, therefore we cannot treat with IPL for at least two weeks after a fake tan application.
Bleach or depilatory creams:
These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.
AHA Creams, Glycolic or Salicylic Peels.
6. Important After Care:
For 24 hours after each IPL treatment:
No sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds,
Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection,
No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams,
No very hot baths or showers,
No heat treatments e.g. sauna, sun beds,
No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths,
No deodorant – if underarms treated,
No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotions, etc.
Long term After Care:
Always wear a good sun block with both UVA and UVB protection.
Avoid excessive sun or UV exposure. Cover up and be sun-safe.