Sometimes make up alone may not be enough to cover unwanted sun damage spots, age spots and dark pigmentation areas that cause unsightly skin. These isues can make you look older than you really are.
Judy Murray, mother of tennis icon Andy Murray threw light on such issues recently by revealing how she has utilised non-surgical treatments to minimise her skin pigmentation and sun damage.
Our Lumenis IPL™ treatment is a light-based therapy, not a laser-based one, that does more than gently and effectively reduce age spots while improving the tone and appearance of sun damaged skin. This photorejuvenation treatment also stimulates the natural production of collagen within the body, which is so important for firm and youthful-looking skin.
*Reviewed by Dr Tracy Mountford Medical Director, MBBS MBCAM
Lumenis IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light-based and non-invasive treatment sometimes referred to as ‘IPL photofacial’ or ‘IPL photorejuvenation’.
This technology uses filters to produce intense pulses of specific wavelengths of light energy to penetrate skin tissue and create heat, targeting age spots, sun damage and skin damage in a highly controlled way.
The body’s natural processes remove the tissue targeted for noticeable improvements in skin tone and overall skin appearance. Because IPL photorejuvenation also stimulates collagen in your skin, results continue to improve over time.
The Lumenis IPL Photorejuvenation treatment has a range of uses and can alleviate a broad range of skin conditions, from hyperpigmentation and vascular issues like thread veins to minimising the appearance of sun spots and fine lines.
It can help patients to effectively treat skin conditions like redness and rosacea across the face and body, regardless of their skin type. Patients can achieve a more luminous, balanced and brighter complexion thanks to its ability to enhance the appearance of damaged or pigmented skin.
Its collagen-stimulating properties can also help to rejuvenate the skin by bringing back its firmness and structure. It can also be used as an effective treatment to minimise the appearance of shallow thread veins by using its intense light energy to close up damaged vein walls while causing pooled blood to disperse and fade. This helps patients to get rid of thread veins without any invasive surgery or downtime.
The Lumenis IPL photorejuvenation treatment removes skin imperfections and stimulates collagen and elastin production over several treatments. Some skin problems such as shallow pigmentation and age spots or sun spots may only need 1-2 intense pulsed light treatments, with the best results usually obtained after 2-6 sessions with 2-4 weeks in between.
With IPL hair removal, much of the treated hair will be wiped away at the time of treatment with any remaining hair in the treated area falling out within a week or two. Again, a course of IPL treatments may be required.
Your medical practitioner will give you all the advice you need.
Due to the stimulation of collagen, skin improvement is gradual over time with long-lasting results.
Dr Tracy Mountford, owner of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, is renowned for her light hands and natural looking results. She personally handpicks and trains all of our medical practitioners to the highest level.
A patch test will be performed at your initial consultation to determine skin suitability and maximise results. A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated and patients are given special dark glasses or googles to wear while the pulses of light are applied.
Each IPL photorejuventaion treatment takes about 20 minutes. The number of Lumenis IPL treatments required will vary from patient to patient but your medical practitioner will discuss a bespoke treatment plan with you.
There is little to no downtime and you can resume your normal activities after treatment.
Many people find their procedure at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic more comfortable than expected. Our medical practitioners are highly skilled and precise.
The treatment is gentle and the only sensation you will expect is a slight ‘stinging’ when the pulses of light are applied. You may experience some redness after IPL treatment but this should disappear within a few hours and you can usually apply make up right away.
If you have been on holiday at least 3 weeks prior to having IPL treatment or going into the sun within the 3 weeks following the treatment, we recommend you apply sun screen of at least SPF50. Your practitioner will advise you.
Our IPL Photo rejuvenation treatments are carried out in-clinic in:
Our London, Devonshire Place clinic is within easy commute from surrounding areas like: Marylebone, Hyde Park, Green Park, Bayswater, Soho, Notting Hill, Kings Road, South Kensington, Kensington, Chelsea, Battersea, Fulham, Regents Park, Primrose Hill, St Johns Wood, Victoria, West End, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Fitzrovia, Holland Park, Earls Court, Highgate, West Brompton, Westminster, Islington, Hampstead.
Our Buckinghamshire clinic is an easy commute from nearby towns and villages such as: Slough, Hazelmere, Amersham, Windsor, Maidenhead, Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Ascot, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Little Chalfont, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Sunningdale, Cookham, Great Missenden, Woking, Weybridge, Kingston upon Thames, Wembley, Harrow, Richmond, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Hayes, Thame, Chinnor, Princes Risborough, Watlington, Oxford, Watlington, Headington, Cowley, Wendover, Wallingford, Aylesbury, Chesham, Haddenham.