Sun spots, freckles, redness, dryness and blotchy complexions are all unflattering reminders of a long hot summer.
The sun is the skin’s worst enemy. Too much exposure to the harsh Australian sun can result in uneven pigmentation and increase the visibility of pores, surface blemishes, veins and broken capillaries – not only on the face but also on the neck and chest.
Laser and light-based technologies have fast become go-to treatments for skin rejuvenation and cosmetic enhancement, with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) emerging as a tried-and-tested popular skin treatment to rejuvenate sun-damaged, tired and lacklustre skin.
IPL is a light-based therapy that can be customised to target a range of skin conditions. Also known as photorejuvenation or a photofacial, IPL is a non-invasive procedure that can help improve the appearance of pigmentation, red skin blotches, birthmarks and rosacea, as well as to reduce pores and refine the appearance of the skin.
Unlike lasers, IPL produces a broad spectrum of light in a range of wavelengths. The emitted light is adjustable through the use of filters, allowing treatment to be modified according to each patient’s skin type, specific condition and location of the area to be treated.
During the procedure pulses of intense light are fired at the skin through varying filters which isolate specific bands of wavelengths of light. Various targets (such as haemoglobin in the blood to remove vascular lesions, or melanin to treat hyperpigmentation) preferentially absorb the light, are heated and selectively destroyed by certain light wavelengths (called selective photothermolysis) without damaging surrounding tissues.
The usual downtime with IPL modalities is minimal to none, depending on the intensity of treatment, however full recovery can take around two weeks in some cases. Immediately after IPL a slight burning sensation can occur for a few hours but there is generally little discomfort. Typically four to six treatments are recommended for best results.
While IPL is a trusted procedure offering consistent, effective results, there may be unwanted side effects and risks in untrained hands. Always ensure your practitioner has the requisite credentials and experience. At the Cosmetic Medicine Centre, all of our IPL therapists have a high level of expertise and experience, offering peace of mind and optimal skin rejuvenation results.
Start your journey to healthy, glowing skin now – call us to find out more!