IPL Skin Rejuvenation Maitland, Hunter Valley

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

Improve your skin and reclaim your confidence by:

Smoothing lines and wrinkles.
Improving skin discolouration and pigmentation.
Improving redness, rosacea and broken capillaries.
Tightening areas of skin laxity.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo-rejuvenation helps in improving irregular pigmentation, visible capillaries, redness, age spots and also improves skin laxity. With IPL, we are able to use multiple different wavelengths to target red spots, brown spots, skin laxity and even acne lesions. IPL is a safe way to efficiently clear unwanted freckles, age spots, broken capillaries and pigmentation. IPL can also help refine pores and can help with acne as well.


The Science behind IPL treatment

With IPL, we are able to use different wavelength filters to target red spots which contain blood, brown spots which contain pigmentation, skin laxity and even acne lesions.

Pigmented dark structures absorb white light, converting it to heat. White structures reflect away the light, or at least do not absorb it, and so do not heat up to the same extent. By this same principle IPL treatments heat up your pigmented cells while sparing the rest of your skin. Pigmented spots will darken at first, and will remain dark for a few days before being shed from the skin surface. The heated pigmented cells are eventually broken down and are cleared by your immune cells.

Red blood cells also absorb this light with their specific filters, and that’s how broken capillaries can be treated without damaging your skin. Similarly, the blood cells in prominent capillaries of Rosacea are targeted by IPL and that’s how rosacea can improve after 3-5 treatments with IPL.

Some of the longer wavelengths in the IPL penetrate deeply to stimulate fibroblasts to lay out extra collagen, leading to a tightening of the skin, refinement of pores, and a reduction of fine lines. Simultaneously, the thermal effect of the IPL can stimulate changes in the skin thus increasing the production of collagen in the dermis and reducing the inflammation to reduce prominent capillaries and redness of rosacea.

Various uses of IPL

Healthy young skin is smooth in texture, firm in tone, free of unwanted pigmentation and devoid of broken capillaries. IPL is a good treatment for anybody with

  • Unwanted brown spots on their skin,
  • Broken capillaries, or nose or chin or forehead
  • Redness or broken capillaries on neck or chest
  • Persistent redness over any scars.
  • Anyone with mild to moderate skin laxity.

FAQ’s

  • What causes pigmentation?
  • What skin care creams help improve the appearance of skin discolouration and pigmentation?
  • How is pigmentation treated?
  • When will results be visible?
  • What are the potential risks?
  • What causes acne scarring?
  • How do laser scar treatments work?
  • Will treatments hurt?
  • What are the risks of laser resurfacing?
  • What does Facial rejuvenation include?
  • What does facial rejuvenation target?
What causes pigmentation?

There are many different types of skin pigmentation, each requiring a different treatment regimen. Skin discolouration and pigmentation worsen as we age.

The main causes include:

  • Sun damage.
  • Genetics.
  • Skin type.
  • Hormones.
  • Post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
What skin care creams help improve the appearance of skin discolouration and pigmentation?

Sunscreen and avoiding further sun damage is a simple first line treatment.

Creams which can improve existing pigmentation include:

  • Vitamin A cream (Zorac)
  • Hydroquinone (HQ)
  • Retinoids (Stieva A)
  • Azelaic acid (Finacea)
  • Kojic Acid
  • Ascorbic acid
  • 4-NButylresorcinol
  • Phenolic-thioether
  • 4- isopropylcatechol
How is pigmentation treated?

Freckles, general skin discolouration and sun damage induced pigmentation changes are best treated with either IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or certain Lasers.

Melasma can be a challenging problem to treat. We recommend a regimen of treatments which may include: hormonal considerations, sun protection, skin needling, prescription skin lightening creams, fractional laser, and in some cases chemical peels.

When will results be visible?

Immediately after treatments you may experience some redness. This will resolve in minutes to hours. The treated pigment usually darkens initially before flaking off in 5-7 days to leave clear skin underneath. Some types of stubborn pigmentation may require up to three treatments 4-6 weeks apart.

What are the potential risks?

Risks with this treatment are rare in the hands of expert medical practitioners. Your cosmetic physician will advise you of specific aftercare instructions to reduce the risks of side effects.

What causes acne scarring?

Acne scarring is the result of abnormal collagen production and organisation during the acne healing process. It is often worsened by ‘popping’ pimples, and can take on many different forms including rolling, ice-pick and boxcar scarring. Each responds uniquely to the different treatments. Redness and pigmentation can result from excessive inflammation during the healing process. This can persist for many years and is well suited to our laser therapies.

How do laser scar treatments work?

Acne scarring is caused by the abnormal production and organisation of collagen fibres during the acne healing process. This can cause pits, abnormal skin contour, redness and pigmentation. Treatments are tailored to the specific abnormality and usually entail a combination of treatments for best results.

Treatment options include:

  • Fractional laser – to resurface scarred areas.
  • Intense pulsed light to remove redness associated with more recent scarring.
  • NIMRF or Non insulated Radiofrequency skin needling to induce an intense healing reaction to renew and smooth the area of concern.

Radiofrequency microneedling causes mild skin trauma, which stimulates your body’s natural repair mechanisms. This stimulates collagen production and increases the skin’s elastic potential.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses your own plasma to stimulate stem cell differentiation, growth factors, and collagen production to minimise the appearance of scarring. This is best used in combination with fractional laser resurfacing.

Will treatments hurt?

This treatment is minimally uncomfortable. Topical anaesthetic creams can be used if required. Cold compresses can be used throughout the treatment to reduce the hot sensation one may feel during laser treatments. Some patients describe a sunburn sensation once anaesthetic creams have worn off. This usually subsides in 6-24 hours but can take up to a week depending on the energy used and the skin type.

What are the risks of laser resurfacing?

Redness and a sunburn sensation are common post treatment. Your cosmetic physician will prescribe a post laser cream to soothe any redness that may result. Occasionally, you may experience blistering, which will heal without issue. Rarely, patients with darker skin may experience hyperpigmentation in the treatment area. A lightening cream may be prescribed prior to treatment if you are at risk.

What does Facial rejuvenation include?

Facial rejuvenation can include multiple different treatments including:

  • Fractional laser rejuvenation to improve sun damaged or pigmented skin.
  • Intense pulsed light for photo rejuvenation.
  • Radio-frequency non-surgical face-lift with Secret non insulated radiofrequency microneedling.
What does facial rejuvenation target?

Our skin rejuvenation clinic can target your fine lines and wrinkles and any sun damage to your skin. With busy lives and hectic schedules, you will be pleased to know that a facial rejuvenation is done quickly, and you will soon be back on your feet, as there is a much quicker recovery time than with surgical facelifts.



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