IPL 'Intense Pulsed Light' is an effective rejuvenation treatment using light therapy to break down melanin in the skin, reversing pigmentation and creating an even skin tone. IPL is also used to effectively treat acne and breakouts, destroying bacteria and calming inflammation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a modern form of light based therapy used to rejuvenate the skin. A beam of many different wavelengths of light is absorbed into targeted skin cells to repair damage and breakdown accumulated spots of melanin, such as pigmentation, spotting and redness.
IPL treatments can be effectively used to treat:
The risks from IPL are minimal. On rare occasions, if not performed by trained professionals, burns or scarring may occur. At The Clinic, we employ only have Registered Nurses to ensure the highest quality of care.
There are some common side effects with IPL rejuvenation procedures, such as redness or slight swelling, which will subside within 48 hours. You will experience an initial darkening of your pigmented area, which is normal as your body breaks down the melanin that has been released during the treatment.
Due to the light therapy used, IPL is not recommended during pregnancy.
It depends on your treatment area and desired results. We recommend between 1 and 3 sessions to see long-term improvement for most clients.
You'll speak with a Registered Nurse about your background and medical history at your initial consultation. The Registered Nurse will ensure that IPL treatment will fulfill your goals and may suggest an alternative or complementary cosmetic treatment.
At your IPL treatment appointment:
While there is a noticeable sensation, there is little pain. It could be likened to a hair elastic being snapped against your skin.
You'll have an immediate darkening of the pigmentation, the skin will feel warm and tingly. This may last for 24 hours.Over the next week or so after the treatment, brown spots and pigmented areas will turn darker and/or appear more obvious as the body breaks down the melanin that has been released. The real results become evident after 2 weeks when you will visibly notice a reduction in pigmentation, redness and improvement in overall skin tone.
There is no downtime to IPL and you can resume normal activities immediately. However you should avoid the following for 24 hours:
It is also recommended to avoid the following for two weeks:
Exposure to any of the above may cause temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching. If you experience crusting on the treatment area you can apply a rescue balm or ice pack to aid with healing.
We always recommend the use of sunscreen to prevent sun damage to the skin. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or above should be used daily. If you are under the sun for prolonged periods of time, sunscreen needs to be reapplied at least once every two hours.
Whilst we have seen amazing results from IPL for a range of skin concerns, please know that results from IPL vary and we cannot make guarantees. We recommend coming and speaking to our registered nurses for an in-depth consultation. They will discuss in detail how IPL works, whether it will be right for your skin type and the expected results in line with your skin goals.