IPL, which stands for Intense Pulsed Light, is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that uses broad-spectrum light to target specific skin concerns and stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.
The treatment is known for its versatility, as it can address a wide range of skin issues, including sun damage, pigmentation irregularities, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone.
The techniques for repairing damaged skin in the past used invasive lasers or surgical procedures that produced open wounds and required long recovery times. The strong ablative laser procedures result in a healing response with deposition of a new skin matrix that improves the pigmentation and texture of the skin, including deep and superficial wrinkles. However, the usefulness of this technique has been limited by the prolonged healing time and the risk of complications like swelling, scabbing, oozing, bleeding, redness, and irritation. These potential problems limit the use of ablative lasers in patients who desire a rejuvenation procedure with reduced downtime and a minimal risk profile.
Non Ablative skin rejuvenation using IPL is a relatively new concept for the improvement of the visual appearance of photodamaged and acne-scarred skin. A number of different wavelengths and devices have been found to effectively enhance the appearance of aged skin by producing the same exact changes.
IPL skin rejuvenation is ideal for relatively young patients, usually 25-65 years of age, with mild cutaneous photodamage and minimal sagging of the face. Patients should understand that the visual appearance of their face will be improved, and that lines, wrinkles, and acne scars will be softened, but not eradicated. Regardless of the laser type, textural improvements of photodamaged or scarred skin are usually subtle and gradual. Skin rejuvenation with IPL requires a number of treatments, over a period of a few months, before the full benefits can be appreciated.
IPL or Intense pulsed light sources have been used for the treatment of telangiectasia (prominence of capillaries), erythema (redness), lentigines (pigmentation or freckling), fine lines, and rhytides (wrinkles). Its multiple effects have made it an interesting modality for non ablative therapy.
Several studies have shown remarkable improvements of photoaged skin, and although the degree of improvement of fine lines may not be as impressive, IPL causes significant simultaneous improvement of other photoaging features, such as telangiectasia (redness and prominent capillaries) and dyspigmentation (irregular pigmentation).
In addition to its combined effect, it has a good safety profile, making it a suitable modality for photoaged skin in dark-skinned individuals, and in treating traditionally “difficult” areas, such as the chest and neck.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation, offered by Elixir @ Hunter, is a highly effective and popular treatment that can help individuals achieve youthful, radiant, and flawless skin. Elixir @ Hunter is a renowned aesthetic clinic that specialises in providing advanced skin care and cosmetic procedures.
At Elixir @ Hunter, their team of experienced and skilled practitioners utilises state-of-the-art IPL technology to deliver precise and controlled pulses of light to the targeted areas of the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin in the skin, causing the pigmented cells to break down and fade away. Additionally, IPL stimulates collagen production, which helps to improve skin texture, firmness, and elasticity.
One of the key advantages of IPL Skin Rejuvenation is its ability to treat multiple concerns simultaneously. By customising the settings and parameters of the IPL device, the practitioners at Elixir @ Hunter can tailor the treatment to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. This ensures that every client receives a personalised and comprehensive solution for their specific skin issues.
We are based in Maitland but we also provide IPL skin Rejuvenation service for our Newcastle customers.
The standard course of facial rejuvenation includes three to six sessions separated by 3-4-week intervals. The results are usually appreciated 60-90 days after the initial treatment. This allows the skin to heal and regenerate between treatments, resulting in progressive and long-lasting improvements. At Elixir @ Hunter skin cancer clinic, many patients noticed a significant reduction in pigmentation, a more even skin tone, and a rejuvenated complexion after completing their IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatments. After the initial 3-6 treatments, the patients can receive maintenance therapy 2-3 times per year.
The IPL Photo Rejuvenation procedure is generally well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Most clients experience a mild sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band during the treatment, but this can be alleviated with the use of topical numbing creams. After the session, some temporary redness and mild swelling may occur, but these side effects usually subside within a few hours to a few days.
The moisturisers can be applied immediately after treatment, and the makeup can be applied the next day, and there are no restrictions regarding post-treatment activities. Although sun block is always recommended, there is no increased sensitivity to sunlight as a result of nonablative laser treatments.