Intense Pulsed Light

IPL treatments are internationally known, and their excellent and satisfying results are widely publicised. IPL is Intense Pulsed Light, used for various dermatological procedures including hair removal and skin treatments.

We offer Intense Pulsed Light treatments for:

  • hair reduction,
  • skin rejuvenation,
  • skin discolouration, including pigmentary and circulatory, and
  • sun damage

As with all light based treatments, IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which targets pigment. For hair removal, IPL targets the pigment of the hair, heating it and destroying the cell that allows the hair to grow back.

IPL is also an effective skin rejuvenation treatment as it uses different wavelengths of light to target pigment, breaking down melanin in the skin. In this way IPL works to treat pigmentation, spotting and redness by repairing accumulated spots of melanin creating an even skin tone.

For fairer skinned patients who have brown discoloration, age spots, and freckles, particularly on the face and chest, IPL can be used to heat up and destroy skin cells that contain the pigment. Once these skin cells have been destroyed, they rise to the surface of the skin and flake off.

Following a thorough consultation with Dr Huskisson and the therapist, a clear treatment plan is presented before any treatments are started, and expectations are managed throughout the course. Your therapist will explain the procedure to you – and let you know when the light therapy will begin.

You can expect a bit of redness or flushness after treatment. This should disappear in the next few days, and any brown spots or pigmentation will turn darker and appear to be coming to the surface of the skin. As the body breaks down the melanin, your skin should look clearer and more even within the next 2 weeks.

Treatments are usually spaced 6 weeks apart, depending on the type of treatment and the area being treated. The average length of a treatment is 10 min, and your therapist will attend to all safety aspects necessary. IPL treatments for hair removal would need to be repeated. Maximum results can be expected after 9-12 sessions of IPL. For sun damage and skin rejuvenation, 4-6 sessions of IPL are advised – but this will be discussed with you on an individual basis.

FAQ: Intense pulsed light (IPL)

1What is IPL?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. The high energy required is provided by specific lamps together with capacitors. It is a multi-targeting treatment used for hair removal, skin discolouration treatment, tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation, most commonly employed by medical practitioners and aestheticians. It involves the use of a specially constructed xenon flash lamp and focusing optics.
2What are IPL treatments used for?

IPL can be done for:

  • hair reduction,
  • skin rejuvenation,
  • tattoo removal,
  • skin discolouration
  • sun damage
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