IPL Skin Rejuvenation is a non-invasive way to look more youthful or improve the looks of your skin. The treatment is performed using light energy. Therefore, IPL is a safe and non-invasive way to treat various skin conditions. When IPL photo rejuvenation is facilitated, specific wavelengths of light are used, which absorb into the dark, pigmented areas of the skin. This dark pigmentation is called melanin. They also reach through the haemoglobin, or the red colouring of the blood vessels.
How Many Appointments Will You Need to Make?
The number of sessions that you must attend depends on the area of skin being treated and, therefore, is decided when you make an appointment for a consultation. For the treatment of pigmentation, you usually will require two or three sessions during two to four-week intervals.
Vascular concerns may require more treatments to be successful, usually three to ten sessions. These appointments may be spaced about one to two weeks apart. Some capillaries can be extremely stubborn and do not respond well to IPL. In this case, you may have to opt for diathermy instead.
Skin Conditions that Respond Well to IPL
You can find out more about IPL facial rejuvenation in Perth if you are suffering from one of the following conditions:
- Pigmented lesions, such as sun spots, age spot, freckles, or general pigmentation
- Vascular facial lesions in the form of superficial capillaries, spider veins, or red spots
- Facial flushing and redness, or rosacea
- Poikiloderma of Civatte, which is a combination of pigmentation and redness in the areas of the neck and/or the décolletage
- Uneven, mottled complexion
- Sun-damage skin
Even if you just want to refresh the look of your skin, you are a good candidate for IPL therapy.
However, IPL photo rejuvenation is contraindicated for such conditions as a recent sunburn, inadequate use of UV protection, or a fake tan that has been applied less than 10 hours prior to the treatment. You also cannot use Roaccutane approximately six months or less prior to IPL therapy.
Pregnancy is another condition that contraindicates IPL use. Any medication or cream that causes light sensitivity cannot be used if you opt for IPL therapy as well. Neither can raised lesions be treated using the light therapy.
After a Treatment: What to Expect
After you are treated with IPL, you may experience a mild sensation of “sunburn,” or feel a bit of stinging. This side effect can be alleviated by using ice packs or cold compresses, if necessary. In addition, your skin may be pink for about one to 12 hours after a session. Any pigmented spots or lesions will also become darker, then lighten or flake off. This type of event may take place five to ten days after a treatment.
As a treatment follow-up, it is important to keep the skin moisturised and hydrated. Any vascular lesions may disappear right away or fade over time. Protect your skin from the sun by applying a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and wearing a broad-brimmed hat. The therapy is used to treat the full face, neck, décolletage, hands, and lower arms or a combination of these areas.