Q: Before we start…
A: Prior to any treatment we will provide a full consultation. The consultation identifies your expectations and provides a complete explanation of the treatment.
A medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment and if you wish to proceed a written informed consent is obtained and a test patch is performed to confirm there are no adverse skin reactions to the light
Filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance. The treatment regimen typically consists of 4-6 treatments administered at 2 week intervals. Clients should start seeing results within a very short time.
Q: How is the treatment carried out?
A: You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to cool the skin and guide the light. The light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area is moisturised.
Q: Am I suitable to have treatments?
A: Almost everyone can be treated, excluding tanned individuals, pregnant women or people taking the acne treatment Roaccutane. However, not all pigmented lesions can be treated. Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body. The pigmented marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles .
Q: How does the treatment feel?
A: The light energy is absorbed by the skin, and heats it up very quickly, creating a sharp, short-lived pinprick sensation. No anaesthesia is required, other than cooling the skin with icepacks. Most Clients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. You might experience a sunburn-like sensation that lasts 2 to 5 hours which is often associated with mild to moderate redness. The treated area is generally sensitive to heat for 2 days following treatment.
Q: What should I expect after the treatment?
A: Redness and a slight warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack will be applied to the skin to ease these symptoms. The lesions will darken after treatment and may appear more obvious at first, but gradually the marks will ‘flake’ away. Continued sun exposure may result in recurrence of the original mark and sunscreen should be used to prevent this happening. It will be necessary to avoid sun exposure or use a high protection sunscreen for 2 weeks after the treatment.
After hair removal the skin may appear spotty, this is inflammation caused from the heat absorbed in the hair follicle and can last 2 to 24 hours.
After treatment of pigmented lesions the lesion will go darker sometimes almost black, then will fall off within 7 to 28 days (depending on the area of the body) or it will just gradually fade.
After treatment of vascular lesions they will either disappear immediately or appear grey or purplish in colour. Diffuse redness immediately appears more red, then gradually lightens within 2-3 weeks. Vascular treatments generally require 3-4 weekly treatments for best results.
Q: How long does each treatment take?
A: A typical treatment session will take 30 minutes.
Q: How many treatments are necessary?
A: The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 5 treatments will result in significant improvement, depending on the severity of the condition. IPL treatments should take place fortnightly.
Q: Is your skin suitable for IPL treatments ?
A: The table below is used to select the correct settings for each skin type according to the melanin (pigment) content and the skins reaction to the sun. The lighter the skin type, the more suitable it is for IPL treatment.
|Skin Type||Classification||Colour||Indication for IPL|
|I||Always burns easily and never tans||White||Best skin for IPL treatment|
|II||Burns easily and tans minimally||White||Good skin for IPL treatment|
|III||Sometimes burns and tans gradually||White||Good skin for IPL treatment|
|IV||Burns minimally and always tans||Moderate||Acceptable skin for IPL treatment|
|V+||Rarely burns, naturally dark skin||Dark brown+||Not recommended for IPL treatment|