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IPL is a long standing and popular treatment for very good reasons, particularly for the removal of unwanted facial and body hair.

But it’s also great to treat vascular conditions such as broken capillaries or "spider veins" and the pigmentation spots or "age spots" caused by sun damage. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen, which plumps up the skin and gives you a fresher look, and refines or tightens large pores.

What can IPL treat?

  • Flat, benign pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation). You might need clearance from your GP before some pigmentation treatments.
  • Facial vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries, diffuse redness, Poikiloderma – often seen on sun damaged necks and chests)
  • Uneven skin colouring and blotchy skin tone
  • Lax skin and fine lines

What is IPL and how does it work?

Intense Pulsed Light is a fast and easy treatment that uses short blasts of a high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin's surface to absorb melanin (the dark pigment in your hair and skin) and haemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels). This light converts to heat, which damages the target cells without disrupting the skin's surface. This is used as a non-invasive treatment for unwanted hair and many skin conditions.

We use a cooled hand piece that is placed in contact with skin surface to reduce the sensation and then apply a second hand piece which pulses the lightwaves through it into the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated. You should expect some discomfort but the usual explanation of IPL is that it feels like "a rubber band snapping”.

What do I need to do?

You’ll need to come for consultation and patch test (30 mins). During this time your concerns and questions will be answered. I recommend a homecare routine of a prescribed cleanser and SPF to be followed for two weeks before and after any IPL pigmentation or capillary treatment. I strongly advise against the use of supermarket and department store skincare as ingredients such as fragrance, mineral oils, preservatives, essential oils, and artificial colours as they can create a range of issues including retention of heat, pimples and breakouts, enhance pigmentation, and decrease healing so defeat the purpose of your IPL treatment.

It might contra indicate IPL if you have;

  • tattoos on the area to be treated
  • pregnancy
  • history of seizures/epilepsy
  • Roaccutane use in the last 6-12 months
  • melasma 'pigmentation' (we have other fabulous options for this!)
  • Some prescription drugs: They can make you more photosensitive.
  • permanent fillers (injectables)
  • diabetes (letter from Dr required)

It is recommended to wait at least two years after finishing chemotherapy, as chemo thins the skin and the immune system can be compromised. Treatment from pulsed light would be more likely to cause damage as the healing potential would be limited.

Examples of prices and treatments are below:

Full face rejuvenation (age spots & collagen renewal) 45 mins £135
Full face acne treatment 45 mins £150
Cheeks for vascular treatment (eg. Rosacea) 30 mins £95
Back of hands for anti ageing 20 mins £95
Patch test (NOT redeemable against treatment) 10 mins £25

Skin therapies are 2-3 weeks apart.

Full face rejuvenation may take 3-6 treatments as required by individuals.

Vascular lesions (thread veins) will have 3 treatments maximum.

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