Say goodbye to the effects of sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and more. With the innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial/ fotofacial procedure, gentle skin rejuvenation is now easier than ever. IPL™ photorejuvenation, allows patients to transform red or brown blotchy skin into a radiant complexion. IPL treatments can also help to improve skin texture, by stimulating collagen growth.
Who are good candidates?
People with white, untanned skin, who was previously exposed to long term sun exposure without adequate sun protection. Sun-damaged, or discoloured skin, or people whose skin has been affected by sunspots, age spots, broken capillaries or flushed cheeks as well as loss of elasticity, may benefit from IPL treatment.
Who is not a good candidate?
It is not advisable to people with tanned skin or those with naturally dark complexion. People with tanned or naturally dark skin have a high risk of experiencing complications like changes in skin pigmentation after IPL treatment. Africans, Indians or people with a skin type darker that Fitzpatrick 4 may not be good candidates. Additionally, people who are taking a course of prescription medication for Acne should not have an IPL treatment until at least six months after they stop using the drug. Pregnant women should also postpone treatment until after they give birth.
How does it work?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) delivers high intensity, controlled pulses of light that penetrate the skin and is exactly absorbed by the problem areas,( the pigmentation or facial veins) that causes it to fragment, while also stimulating the formation of collagen and elastin. IPL also encourages the production of collagen, a natural protein, making the skin smooth and supple.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to 40 minutes. The procedure is also quick and involves no downtime, making it a convenient option for people with busy schedules
What to expect during treatment?
Before the procedure begins, you will be given protective eyewear to protect you from the bright flashes of light. A cool gel is often applied to the treatment area, both to lubricate the hand piece and to help cool the epidermis during the treatment. Your skin care specialist will apply brief pulses of bright light to the skin through the hand piece. During the IPL procedure, you will feel a warm sensation caused by the hand piece. Some patients liken the sensation to a light snap from a rubber band.
What can I expect after IPL Treatment?
Immediately after your treatment, your face will appear slightly red or flushed, but this is completely normal. It will take several hours to a day or so for the treatment's results to become noticeable. The redness will fade, and you will see improvements more and more. Depending on the condition you are treating, your experience will differ. Most reported side effects of IPL photo rejuvenation are mild and resolve themselves within a few hours or days of treatment. When treating brown pigmentation (pigmented lesions) the pigmented areas will look darker the next day. Over the next few days (for the face 5-7 days), the excess pigment will start to flake off and it will leave you with a more even toned smoother and tighter skin. Though recovery from IPL photorejuventation is rapid, it is important to keep in mind that sunscreen is vital to ensuring the results of the procedure last as long as possible. Be sure to protect the treated area from the sun for at least a couple of weeks
Is IPL photorejuvenation safe?
IPL photorejuvenation is one of the safest light-based facial treatments available. There have been few reported long-term side effects of IPL photorejuvenation, and the most common side effects - redness, minor swelling, and inflammation - usually go away within a few hours to a few days after treatment.
On what areas can the treatment be done?
Skin colour imperfections can be treated on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and hands.
How many treatments do I need?
With each treatment, the results of IPL™ photorejuvenation become more pronounced. Three to Five Full face IPL sessions spaced three weeks apart are normally required for optimal results.
Are there any contra indications?
- If you have taken prescription acne medication 6 months Prior.
- If you have used tretinoin containing cream in the past 2 weeks
- The use of Glycolic Acid products and Steroid cream should be stopped 5 days before treatment and can be resumed 5 days after treatment.
- Taking steroids or medication to make hair grow (for baldness) will cause the treatment not to be successful.
Are there any precautions that I have to take before and during the time of my treatment?
- No tanning of sunbed at least a week or two before your treatment or exposing yourself to the sun a lot by doing sports or gardening.
- No use or self-tan lotion on the area to be treated.
- Avoid harsh sun for about a week or 2 prior to treatment and during the entire duration of your treatment. Also remember to apply your sunblock while driving. After treatment it is also crucial to apply a good sunblock SPF 50+ daily. (with UVA and UVB protection) to maintain your results. We stock highly recommended sun blocks called Heliocare which just feels like a moisturizer on the skin.
- Shower with cool water for the first day or two and wear loose clothes for the first 24 hours.
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