IPL – Photorejuvenation and hair reduction
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a non-invasive light that can specifically target melanin (pigment in the skin) and haemoglobin (the red colour in blood vessels). This light is converted to heat energy in the target cells without disrupting the surface of the skin. This treatment is particularly useful for improving the appearance of benign pigmented skin lesions – i.e. freckles and age spots. Generally 1-3 treatments are needed, spaced 1-4 weeks apart depending on the body area being treated. You can expect a 70-90% improvement overall, although visible improvements can be seen following each individual treatment.
What can be treated with IPL?
- Benign (non-cancerous) freckles, age spots and general pigmentation
- Small vascular lesions such as spider veins and broken capillaries
- Poikiloderma – sun related ageing of the neck/décolletage area.
- Dark facial and body hair.
Contraindications to IPL
- Recent sunburn or unprotected sun exposure
- Recent use of depilatory creams, waxing or tweezing (hair removal only)
- Epilepsy or seizures triggered by flashing light
- Infection, dermatitis, ezcema or cold sores within the treatment area
- Certain medications
What are the potential side effects of IPL hair removal?
IPL treatments are generally perceived to be simple beauty treatments, however this is not the case and outcomes vary depending upon the quality of the IPL machine and the experience of the therapist. In addition, serious potential complications can arise if information is withheld at the time of consultation. Here at The Skin Clinic Fremantle, our knowledgeable and experienced Dermal Therapist uses a high quality Energist Ultra VPL IPL machine. Prior to your first treatment, you will be offered a complimentary 30-minute consultation and a patch-test to allow an accurate assessment of your skin’s response, even if you have previously had IPL elsewhere. Patch-testing significantly reduces the rate of potential complications, which include:
- Prolonged redness and swelling.
- Darker patches of pigment on the skin (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), which can last for up to a year.
- Paler patches on the skin (hypo-pigmentation), which can last for up to a year or be permanent.
- Blistering of the skin.
How much does IPL cost?
|IPL Hair Reduction||Single treatment||Series of 6|
|Upper Lip or Chin||$75||$360|
|Upper Lip & Chin||$125||$600|
|IPL Photorejuvenation||Single treatment||Series of 3|
|Face or neck or décolletage||$300||$810||Face & neck & décolletage||$720||$1944|
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