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IPL Skin Rejuvenation: A Safe & Effective Way To Revitalise Your Skin

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. By utilising the power of light and radio frequency (RF), it stimulates collagen production, evens out the skin tone and reduces pore size, resulting in more younger looking skin. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect which can help settle symptoms of rosacea.

Before IPL Skin Treatment

Before IPL skin treatment, it is important that you have not had any recent sun exposure, especially in the prior 2 weeks. It is also imperative that you do not have any vestiges of fake tan left in the treatment area.

When you arrive for your treatment, you will need to wash off any makeup you are wearing in the treatment area and, usually, an anaesthetic cream will be applied for half an hour or so – so make sure you arrive in time for this to be done.

Skin Care After IPL Treatment

After IPL skin rejuvenation treatment, it is essential that a broad spectrum SPF30, or higher, sunscreen be used to continue to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

The skin is not made more sensitive to the sun by this procedure. Makeup may be applied following the procedure and skin care may continue as normal.

FAQs About IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Below are popular questions about IPL Skin Rejuvenation we receive. If your questions are not listed, please contact us for consultation.

How does IPL skin rejuvenation work?
IPL skin rejuvenation works by stimulating collagen growth and remodelling in the dermis layer of the skin as well as reducing excessive pigmentation in the upper layers of the skin. It also helps to reduce excessive capillaries in the skin and reduce inflammation. It does this by employing broad bands of wavelengths of light to address multiple targets within the skin. The body’s natural processes then work on the results of the interaction between the light and the tissue to make it look better from many different perspectives.
Who is this treatment suitable for?
It is suitable for many skin types, but is best for those with lighter skins who have issues with blotchy sun damage, broken capillaries, acne, rosacea and other inflammatory conditions. Your doctor will advise you whether or not this treatment is suitable or advisable for your skin and its concerns.
Will it harm my skin?
No treatment is risk-free, however, the IPL settings can be tailored to suit your skin and its concerns.
Can IPL cause burns to my skin?
Yes, although this is unusual when settings have been adjusted to suit and you have advised us of any recent sun exposure and removed any fake tan.
How many IPL skin rejuvenation treatments are required and how often?
A standard IPL regimen usually involves a series of two to five treatments, two weeks apart. The actual number of treatments depend on your skin condition after seeing the doctor to discuss what may be achieved and settings are prescribed. These sessions are booked with a registered nurse.
Is IPL procedure painful?
Half an hour prior to the IPL treatment, a topical local anaesthetic cream is applied. This helps reduce the sensation of heat that is felt during the procedure, allowing more comfort during the treatment. A machine that blows refrigerated air may also be employed during the procedure. The level of discomfort felt varies, with most patients tolerating the treatment extremely well.
Are there any IPL skin rejuvenation side effects?
After effects of IPL treatment include patchy redness, and as the topical anaesthetic wears off a feeling of warmth can usually be felt. Some pigment and freckles will become darker and slowly fade or flake off over the following two weeks. Occasionally some swelling or scabbing may occur.

Studies have shown that after 10 years of maintenance therapy with IPL (once or twice a year), the skin looks younger under the microscope than when the patient began (and was 10 years younger).

Can I see the results immediately?
The immediate effects will just be of some heat-related redness. Abnormal pigmentation will look slightly different in colour, maybe a bit greyer, and will subsequently darken. The beneficial effects will become noticeable over subsequent weeks as pigment improves and the skin smooths.
Can IPL be used for rosacea treatment, spider vein treatment, or acne scar treatment?
Yes. IPL anti-inflammatory effects is very good for most people’s rosacea symptoms, although it will not cure it. Many capillaries and the colour of scars may also improve, however, we have other treatments that may be recommended in some instances.
Can you recommend other suggested skin rejuvenation treatments?
The Matrix RF treatment may be used for smoothing fine lines, promoting textural changes within the skin, reducing the appearance of sun damage and acne scarring.
 

What to expect during a consultation

  1. Consultations are personal and confidential.
  2. Depending on the treatment you are interested in we will ask you some questions to ensure that you are safe to proceed
  3. We discuss your areas of concern with you and advise you of the most appropriate treatments for you
  4. Our fully qualified staff will answer all of your questions and arrange with you, your treatment plan