How does Intense Pulsed Light work?
The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve the skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne break-outs.
How is the treatment carried out?
A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser treatment or Intense Pulse Light treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after the treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quiet red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does the treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes. Intense Pulsed Light treatment may be combined with glycolic acid facial peels or microdermabrasian for maximum results.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement. Intense Pulsed Light treatments should take place fortnightly with a glycolic acid peel or microdermabrasion treatment in between Intense Pulse sessions.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm your suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
What some of our customers have said about the treatment:
"The right side of my face has stayed clear and the left side has shown a definite improvement after 3 treatments"
"After a course of 6 Intense Pulsed Light and Chemical Peel treatments, my skin is better than ever"
"Not only have I seen adecrease in the number of spots, my skin tone seems to be much more uniform too!"