Pigmentation and freckles are telltale signs of sun exposure. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, can help reverse these signs and restore an even tone in your skin. It is a non-invasive medical technology that uses visible light to eliminate signs of ‘photo-aging’ on the face and body. This can include:
– Sun spots
– Poikiloderma (a mixture of vascular and pigmented skin)
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for IPL Photorejuvenation?
IPL is a fast, easy treatment that offers a significant visual difference after just one treatment. The most popular areas for photorejuvenation include the face, neck, décolletage, arms and hands. With the Palomar MaxG we are able to treat most skin types, your aesthetician can assess your personal requirements during your consultation.
How does it work?
IPL generates pulsed light in the visible spectrum. This light is attracted to chromophores, or targets, in your skin. Once the light reaches a chromophore, it is converted in to heat energy which will usually damage it and break it down. Your body will then remove the broken down lesions, leaving behind a more even skin tone.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on your treatment area, IPL treatments will usually take around 15 minutes of treatment time.
What should I expect during a treatment?
The first step of your IPL treatment is to prepare your skin. Your aesthetician will cleanse and dry your treatment area. During the treatment, you will see flashes of light as the machine is pulsed against your skin. The Palomar MaxG has a patented contact cooling for ultimate client comfort and safety. The sensation can be described as an elastic band flicking against your skin.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments needed usually varies between 1 and 6, with most patients needing 3, monthly, treatments. This depends on the area being treated, the amount of sun damage present; and your skin’s response to each treatment.
What can I expect after a treatment?
After an IPL treatment, most patients will experience minimal erythema (redness) and/or edema (swelling) immediately after their treatment, lasting a few minutes or a few hours. The pigmented lesions that have been targeted by the IPL will darken and flake off usually within 5-10 days. You should not try to remove these darkened spots, but let your body naturally exfoliate them.
Do I need to prepare?
Before your treatment, you must avoid the sun for 2-4 weeks. As we live in Australia, this is a near impossible task! Ensure you are not actively tanning, and be sure to wear SPF 30+ to your treatment area at least 2 weeks prior to your treatment if you cannot avoid sun exposure.
The Taylor Clinic takes the following safety precautions during all IPL treatments:
– Before proceeding with your IPL treatment, you will be required to fill in a medical history form. This is so we can ensure that you are a suitable candidate, and are not currently on any medications that may affect your treatment.
– Before commencing your treatment, your aesthetician will perform a test patch on your skin. This is to ensure your skin reacts ideally, with no adverse reactions.
– Our staff all hold current Laser Safety Certificates, have science backgrounds, have been trained directly by Palomar Medical Technologies; and have had the experience to know how your skin should look during an IPL treatment.
– During your treatment, your aesthetician will provide you with the appropriate eyewear. Additionally, you will be in a ‘Laser Safe’ room, with no reflective surfaces.
Here at The Taylor Clinic, we only use the latest, safest technologies. The Palomar Starlux with MaxG IPL handpiece offers patented contact cooling offering not only client comfort but client safety as the temperature of the epidermis is kept to a minimum.