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Icon Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL skin rejuvenation, also known as IPL photofacial treatment, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which uses an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to reduce redness, rosacea, broken capillaries, spider veins, and uneven skin tone, with the added benefit of skin tightening and plumping. Our chosen IPL Skin Rejuvenation system is the state-of-the art Icon platform for Cynosure, offering extremely effective and proven technology.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL, similar to laser, utilises the power of light to treat a multitude of skin
concerns. Unlike laser, which utilises one collimated and coherent wavelength of light at a time, IPL delivers a spectrum of light into the tissue. Different wavelengths of light are picked up by various targets in the skin – water, pigment, or haemoglobin (red blood cells). Using a broad spectrum of wavelengths can therefore be used to treat not just redness, rosacea, broken veins and capillaries, but also sunspots, age spots, freckles and discolouration, acne scarring, rosacea, and skin sagging/collagen loss. 

During treatment, IPL energy is delivered into the skin, having multiple outcomes. Some wavelengths are attracted to the red cell components of blood, such is that inside burst capillaries, spider veins, or generalised underlying redness in the face. The IPL energy damages these blood vessel walls, which collapse and are transported out of the body’s waste system. Some of the IPL energy is also absorbed by pigment deposits in the tissue, which break up and shatter in response. Unable to continue surviving, they are pushed upwards through the skin’s layers until they reach the surface, where they flake off – much like a scab.
As a third added bonus, wavelengths within the IPL energy spectrum are
attracted to water molecules in the tissue. This interaction causes heat in the
tissue, prompting the formation of new collagen fibres and having a skin
tightening and plumping result.

Am I Suitable For IPL?

Most adults above the age of 18 are suitable for IPL photorejuvenation. Some medications such as Roaccutane may, however, render the treatment unsuitable due to compromised skin healing or sun sensitisation. You must discuss your medical history with your doctor to determine if you are not a suitable candidate for this treatment. You also cannot undergo IPL if you have experienced sunburn, significant sun exposure, or fake tan within the past 4 weeks. We also recommend that you undergo a skin cancer prior to light-based treatments – these are recommended once per year by healthcare professionals.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

IPL for redness and rosacea typically requires a series of treatments. This varies from person to person depending upon the condition and thickness of your skin, the quantity of visible veins and/or broken capillaries. Normally, you will need three to six treatments spaced roughly four weeks apart.

How Long Will The Results Last?

The longevity of the results differs from person to person, but can last for several years. This will also largely depend on how well you care for your skin at home. Daily sunscreen application is crucial for maintaining the strength and integrity of your skin’s capillary network, as is good quality skincare. Without these, broken capillaries and visible vessels are likely to reappear. To help achieve long lasting results, maintenance IPL sessions every 6-12 months are also recommended.

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