IPL Photo Rejuvenation
Intense Pulsed Light or IPL is a light based treatment used to improve uneven skin tone, red and brown discolourations, fine lines and rosacea.
A short pulse of filtered yellow to red light is applied to the skin surface via a water cooled flash-head. This pulse of light travels through the surface of the skin and is selectively absorbed by pigmentation and blood vessels under the skin surface. These structures heat up and then shrink down without the surface of the skin being affected.
Benefits and Applications
IPL is used to treat red and brown discolourations of the skin, rosacea, freckles and pigmentation, fine lines and open pores. A course of between three and six treatments is usually required to achieve maximum results though improvement can be seen even after the first treatment. IPL can be used to treat the face neck and décolletage.
The skin should be free from any make up or sunscreen and the area must not be tanned as this may result in burning of the skin surface and potential scarring.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed and then a cool water based gel is applied to the skin to help conduct the light and cool the skin surface. The flash-head is then evenly passed over the skin using a succession of pulses. Two passes in different directions are used to ensure even coverage of the skin.