IPL Treatments

What can be treated with IPL?

IPL is widely used for hair removal and skin treatments including pigmentation and skin rejuvenation.   IPL can help to improve the overall appearance of your complexion.  It is used to reduce the signs of aging, improve sun damaged skin, skin blemishes, acne and damaged capillaries.  Treatments can be customized according to hair color, texture and location, hair with some pigment can be treated.   As each individual’s skin and hair growth is different, a pre consultation (including test patch) is necessary to determine the best course of treatment.


Why is a consultation necessary?

Because your safety is our number one priority, we perform a COMPULSORY skin consultation before you undergo any treatment with us.  This ensures we have all the necessary information to accurately assess your suitability for treatment; forecast realistic results and minimise the risk of complications. We allow 30 – 40 min for this assessment to obtain a full medical history as well as perform a patch test on the area you wish to have treated.  This time also allows us to work ou the correct setting for your Fitzpatrick skin type.


Certain areas can be started straight away after your initial consultation other areas (or darker skin tones) may require 48 hours before treatment can commence


How many treatments are recommended?

The course of treatment can vary from person to person and treatment area to treatment area.  We recommend between 6 to 10 regular treatments to achieve a sustained result, two to six weeks apart.  The number of treatments can vary as each individual’s skin is different.


With regards to hair removal treatments and the time taken to get results, this will vary from person to person as there are many factors that can influence hair growth.  For maximum results we recommend you follow the initial course of treatments - when this is done, you may only need a maintenance treatment once or twice a year.


 Contraindications to treatment.

  • Recent sun exposure if the skin has been altered in any way (at least 4 weeks of no sun exposure prior to and after treatment)

  • light sensitive medications (and there are a lot of them including medications like Roaccutane, St. Johns Wort or ibuprofen)  

  • any active cold sores in the area for treatment.  

  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

  • Metal implants under the tissue to be treated

  • Diseases stimulated by light ie., Lupus, Porphyria, Epilepsy (although if Epilepsy is not light induced a doctors letter will allow us to proceed)

  • Active skin infection in the area i.e. psoriasis, eczema (Dr's clearance)

  • Skin disorders i.e. keloids, abnormal wound healing

  • History of bleeding disorders/use of anticoagulants or blood thinning medication

  • Varicose veins in treatment area

  • Sun beds, spray tans and self tanning products if less than 2 weeks

  • Current history of skin cancer/other cancer/premalignant moles

  • Topical medications like hydrocortisone


There are other "cautions" where we will need a doctors certificate to proceed and this can be discussed at the time of consultation.


How does it work?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for hair removal or pigmentation treatment is attracted to melanin, the pigment (color) found in the hair and skin. 


For vascular treatment it attract to the blood (heamoglobin) and in acne to the P-Bacteria that causes acne.


What happens during the treatment?

Your eyes will be covered with goggles/eye pillow or glasses, a cool gel will be applied to the area to help keep the skin cool during the treatment.


A flash of light is then applied to the skin area.  Many say it feels like a flick of a hot rubber band, the sensation is slightly warm or a very comfortable tingle.


What do I need to do before treatment?

  • Ideally avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks prior to treatment.

  • Always use a 30+ sunblock.

  • Solariums, spray tans and instant tan products must also be avoided in the area to be treated minimum 2 weeks.

  • Discontinue waxing, sugaring, tweezing, electolysis and depilatory creams on the area to be treated one month before your appointment.

  • Shave or clip the hair to ‘5 o’clock shadow’ length (1-2mm) if your hair is thick as best results are achieved with this length of hair. If your hair is fine and sparce do not do anything.


What can I expect after the treatment?

This is a heat treatment so you may have some slight swelling, not from infection but because of the absorption of heat - this is normal. 


Most people will have no discomfort at all after treatment, but in rare cases there may be some redness or a slight sunburn sensation in the treated area, which should ease within a couple of hours (usually within 15 minutes).


Some people may experience some itchiness and goosebump effect (this can be due to a histamine reaction and this is normal too)



What should I avoid following the treatment?

  • Do not go swimming, use a jaccuzi, sauna or hot spa pool until any redness has settled.

  • Do not cause any friction to the treated area this includes intensive excercise or running.

  • Avoid extremely warm shower immediately after the treatment.

  • It can take anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks for the hairs to shed (do not pull these out).

  • Do not remove the hairs from the root by tweezing, waxing, sugaring or electrolysis inbetween treatments - this is essential to a good outcome!

  • Mineral Makeup (Chemical free) can be applied after treatment.

  • Exfoliate the area one week after treatment.



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