WHAT IS LASER & IPL?
- LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulation of Radiation) is monochromatic (single colour) light, which is coherent (rays run parallel) and collimated (linear).
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is broad spectrum light (like a rainbow) which non-coherant (diffuse rays) and divergent (spreads).
- Your skin is treated with a matrix of laser points, the treatment is fast and more comfortable than other resurfacing and less downtime meaning you can get on with your daily activities quicker.
HOW DOES LASER & IPL WORK?
Laser & IPL produce various wavelengths of light, which selectively target:
- Haemoglobin – found in blood (eg. thread veins)
- Melanin – found in hair and pigmented skin lesions (eg. freckles)
- Ink & Dye – found in tattoos
WHAT CAN BE TREATED USING LASER & IPL?
Skin Rejuvenation (Skin Spots)
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a non-invasive skin treatment that will improve the overall colour and texture of your skin.
Generally you will see the difference you want after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment your skin will gradually look softer, smoother and tighter.
VASCULAR (BLOOD VESSEL) PROBLEMS
THREAD VEINS REMOVAL
Thread veins can appear on the legs, body and face, lasers and IPL can be used to remove the thread veins. This is a non invasive procedure and usually will take up to five sessions to fully remove the veins.
is a condition where the blood vessels become more visible on the cheeks, nose and chin. IPL laser emits light which is absorbed by the affected skin area, destroying the visible blood vessels, these vessels are then reabsorbed into the body.
Unwanted hair can easily be removed with laser IPL, as it is the most advanced hair removal treatment. It gives a smooth finish and gets rid of ingrowing hair.
The removal of tattoos with laser is safe and effective even on sensitive areas. It is suitable for most skin types and works by breaking down the ink in the tattoo, which after a few treatments makes the tattoo fade.
WHAT DOES LASER & IPL TREATMENT INVOLVE?
- Medical history to assess skin type and suitability for treatment
- Informed consent, pre treatment photographs and skin patch test
- Any residual hair in the treatment area is shaved
- Protective eye goggles are worn and cool gel applied to skin
- Laser / IPL handpiece applied to small patches of skin at a time
- Each laser shot feels like an elastic band flicking the skin
- Target is disrupted immediately and surrounding skin can be red
- Procedure takes 30-60 minutes to complete
- Treatment repeated at least 6 times at 6 weekly intervals
- Sun avoidance and SPF >30 are advised for 4 weeks
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This largely depends on the type of problem. Hair and tattoo removal usually requires treatment to be repeated at least 6 times at 6 weekly intervals. However, photorejuventation for pigmented and vascular problems (eg lentigo and thread veins) may only need 2-3 sessions.
CAN I GO IN THE SUN OR ON A SUNBED AFTER LASER TREATMENTS?
NO Its not recommended for 2 weeks pre-laser & 2 weeks post treatment. Factor 50 Should be worn at all times for the duration of treatment.
Can I wear fake tan before and after laser treatment?
No, it must not be applied pre and post treatment for a least 2-5 days.
WHO SHOULD AVOID LASER & IPL TREATMENT?
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- History of diabetes or immune suppression
- History of skin cancer or keloid scarring
- Recent or planned sun exposure / tanning within 4 weeks
- Concurrent use of photosensitising drugs
- Redness and warmth at treatment site (COMMON)
- Blisters, crusting and swelling at treatment site (LESS COMMON)
- Burning and itching at treatment site (LESS COMMON)
- Post inflammatory pigmentation changes (RARE)
- Infection and scarring (VERY RARE)
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LASER & IPL TREATMENT?
Redness and warmth at treatment site (COMMON)
Blisters, crusting and swelling at treatment site (LESS COMMON)
Burning and itching at treatment site (LESS COMMON)
Post inflammatory pigmentation changes (RARE)
Infection and scarring (VERY RARE)
Laser & IPL can lead to pigmentation if the inflamed treated skin is exposed to UV sunlight. Therefore sun avoidance and SPF >30 are advised for 4 weeks.