Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

IPL Hair Removal

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a form of light-based skin therapy. It is used to improve evenness of skin tone or colour, or as a form of semi-permanent hair removal. When used as a form of hair removal, IPL works by targeting the colour pigment (melanin) in the hairs. This means, however, that white hairs cannot be treated. Dark, coarse hairs on fair skin are most effectively treated and have the best results. Hairs can only be treated when they are actively growing, meaning several sessions are required for full, effective treatment.Read More

Before Care

  • Allow the hair to grow for 4-6 weeks immediately prior to the treatment.
  • It is advisable to shave in between treatments. Resist waxing or plucking for 4 weeks before, as it will interfere with results.
  • Do not use bleach or depilatory creams for at least 4 weeks before treatment.

Sessions Required

A course of 6-10 treatments usually needed, at 3-6 week intervals (fair hairs will require extra treatment). Talk to us about our special pre-purchase offers.

Who is it good for?

People with light, fair skin and dark, coarse hair.

After care

  • You may experience mild sunburn like sensations on the treated areas, which will subside within 24 hours. The use of a cool compress can be used to relieve discomfort.
  • It is important that you do not sun bake in between treatments.
  • Avoid hot showers, saunas, spas and exercise for 24 hours.
  • No electrolysis, waxing or plucking to be performed on the area for the duration of your treatments.

Note: Ejection is the process whereby treated, intact hair shafts are moved out and released from the base of the follicle. These hairs are not growing but simply ‘clearing out’ in the first 10 to 14 days.

Women: cost per session

Upper lip $30
Chin $44
Upper neck and chin $60
Sides of face $45
Underarm $45
Half arm $120
Full arm $180
Nipple area $50
Stomach $45
Bikini $80
Brazilian $120
Lower leg inc knee $200
Full leg $450

Men: cost per session

Neck $80
Chest $200
Stomach $120
Full Back $320
Shoulder $120
Half arm $180
Full arm $250
Full leg $540

The number of sessions required depends on skin and hair type.

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a form of light-based skin therapy. It is used to improve evenness of skin tone or colour, or as a form of permanent hair removal. IPL treatment uses a beam of many different wavelengths of light to break down the accumulated spots of melanin, reddened areas and the blood, which has leaked out of broken capillaries.Read More

How does it work?

Changes in the skin due to sun damage are called Dyschromias, which can include irregular brown and red discoloration, pigment and blood vessels. Using a safe, Square Intense Pulsed Light on a small area of the skin, these particular skin issues can be effectively corrected, working as a non-invasive, non-surgical face-lift.
The light is absorbed into targeted cells and causes safe damage to that area. This damage induces a wound-healing response where the skin begins to rapidly produce new skin cells to replace the old, damaged patches. IPL is extremely effective due to the high frequency and intensity of the light. The treatment requires a number of sessions, which are dependent on the individual and the nature of their skin.

Outcomes

  • Evens out skin tone and colour.
  • Brightens the skin and gives a youthful glow.
  • Improvement in the texture of the skin.

Who is it good for?

Anyone with light skin who has sun damage, broken capillaries or laxity in their skin.

Sessions Required

A course of 6 is recommended to achieve best results. Talk to us about out special pre-purchase offers.

Before Care

  • You cannot be treated if you have had UV exposure from the sun or sun bed in the past 4-6 weeks.
  • You must cover yourself well with clothing, hats and sunblock to prevent extra activity of the skin cells.
  • IPL cannot be performed for at least 2 weeks after a fake tan application.
  • Do not use bleach or depilatory creams for at least a week before treatment.

After Care

  • No sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds.
  • Wear sun block to protect the skin from future sun damage.
  • Gentle cleansers and moisturizers are advised.
  • No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams.
  • No hot baths or showers – tepid water only.
  • No heat treatments e.g. sauna.
  • No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths.
  • No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotions, or deodorant if underarms treated.
  • Do not rub scratch or peel the skin.

Recovery

After treatment you will have a healthy glow, similar to that produced by a vigorous workout. Pigmented areas will turn brown after the treatment, and the body will then break down the melanin, which has been released. Recovery time up can be up to 3 weeks, dependent on the patient and area of body treated. For the face, recovery time is only 8-14 days. Temporary discoloration will occur for a few days after the procedure and will flake off slowly. Initially after treatment, it feels like sunburn and skin may become itchy, red or swollen, all of which can
be covered with make up directly after treatment. Overall, downtime for IPL is very minimal.