Light touch

This month cos­metic sur­geon BI­JAN BEIGI talks about IPL fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion. What is it and can it re­ally change the look of our skin?

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What ex­actly is IPL?

IPL stands for In­tense Pulsed Light and the tech­nol­ogy it har­nesses is ac­tu­ally sim­i­lar to a laser. There are a wide range of IPL op­tions avail­able but here at the clinic we use Els, which is the first tech­nol­ogy that com­bines bipo­lar ra­dio fre­quency and op­ti­cal en­ergy (ei­ther laser or light).

So what does it do?

With IPL tech­nol­ogy the light en­ergy pen­e­trates just be­low the skin’s sur­face so it is a highly ef­fec­tive op­tion for pre­cisely and safely tar­get­ing a va­ri­ety of skin con­di­tions, in­clud­ing pig­mented le­sions such as freck­les, sunspots and age spots. IPL re­ju­ve­na­tion should also be con­sid­ered for tack­ling other is­sues, such as vas­cu­lar le­sions and spi­der veins, and with the right IPL course, red­ness from rosacea or fa­cial flush­ing can also be light­ened and grad­u­ally fade.

Can any­one have IPL fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion?

As with all of the treat­ments we un­der­take here at the clinic, pa­tients are treated on a case-by­case ba­sis, as not all treat­ments are nec­es­sar­ily right for ev­ery skin type. So if some­one is con­sid­er­ing IPL they will firstly meet with one of our ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers to dis­cuss their med­i­cal his­tory, de­ter­mine their eli­gi­bil­ity, dis­cuss de­tails of the ac­tual treat­ment and per­form a test patch.

Are there any af­ter-ef­fects to the treat­ment?

Im­me­di­ately af­ter treat­ment you may no­tice a dark­en­ing of the le­sion how­ever this set­tles within 24 hours and you are able to re­turn to your ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties. Sen­si­tive skin can some­times swell slightly but again this is very short-lived. Make-up can be ap­plied im­me­di­ately af­ter to help cover any red­ness on the skin.

Is it painful?

You may ex­pe­ri­ence a sen­sa­tion a bit like a bee sting dur­ing each pro­ce­dure and the skin will feel warm but it is not an ag­gres­sive treat­ment.

How long does it take un­til you see re­sults?

Re­sults can take ef­fect any­where from one to six ses­sions and treat­ments are car­ried out monthly. So this is not a quick or easy fix, but it is highly ef­fec­tive and, as such, it is worth in­vest­ing the time to see an im­prove­ment in skin tone.

“With the right IPL course, red­ness from rosacea or fa­cial flush­ing can also be light­ened and grad­u­ally fade”

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