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Sometimes make up alone may not be enough to cover unwanted sun damage spots, age spots and dark pigmentation areas that cause unsightly skin, can make you look older than you really are.
Lumenis IPL™ is a light-based treatment, not a laser-based one, that does more than gently and effectively reduce age spots and improve 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.
*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.
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.
IPL photorejuvenation is so gentle and non-invasive, and is usually recommended for treating the face, neck, chest and hands. Lumenis IPL can treat a wide range of facial imperfections simultaneously such as skin discolouration, age spots, freckles, sun damage, and mottled pigmentation. It also improves enlarged pores and dull complexions so that skin is smoother, revitalised and feels firmer.
Lumenis IPL is also used for hair removal. A light source of specific wavelength and strength destroys the hair root and prevents further hair growth in that area. Because this hair removal treatment is so targeted, the skin surrounding the hair follicle remains undamaged.
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.