Intense Pulsed Light Treatment (IPL)

Falling under the broad category of photo-rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment that treats skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface.  IPL can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, leaving your skin smoother, clearer, brighter and “younger”.  These include the signs of photo-aging or sun damage, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, broken capillaries, benign brown pigment, age spots, mottled pigmentation, poikiloderma and other blemishes.  The treatment works by stimulating the dermal layer of the skin to produce more collagen, which “plumps out” fine lines or wrinkles.  Different light-based systems will work differently on different skin types.

How does IPL work?

A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and the smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to the affected area(s) and pulses of light are applied.  The light energy is transformed into heat energy which affects the chromophore in the target tissue.  The target is fragmented and absorbed without damaging the surrounding tissue, leaving the skin smooth and rejuvenated. This treatment is now available at the Wembley Clinic in Cape Town

Is IPL right for me?

IPL can be tailored to meet your individual condition and skin type and offer superior results and patient satisfaction.

When can I expect to see results?

An initial course of between 4 – 6 treatments is recommended to achieve the desired effect, while a further treatment every six months may be necessary to maintain the effect.  To further enhance the effects of IPL Skin Rejuvenation a Microdermabrasion or exfoliation treatment is recommended 2 weeks pre-and post-treatment.

What does an IPL treatment feel like?

The treatment may feel like a slight sting of a snapping elastic band. By incorporating the use of a cooler with each treatment the discomfort and inflammation experienced with this treatment can drastically be reduced.  Although seldom required an aesthetic cream may be applied or appropriate pain management can be administered by a Medical Aesthetic Practitioner.

What are the risks?

The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for each person can be determined only at the time of consultation with a Medical Aesthetic Practitioner. To ensure safety and efficacy it is essential that the patient follow the pre and post treatment recommendations which should be handed to the patient prior to embarking on any form of treatment.

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