Intense Pulsed Light – IPL
Intense pulsed light (IPL) (also known as photofacial or flashlamp therapy) is a popular non invasive, light based skin rejuvenation to improve the appearance of photoaging skin as well as to restore a more youthful and brighter appearance.
What can IPL treat?:
1) Photoaging or sun damaged skin : characterized by fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, coarse or rough appearance, enlarged pores and dull texture
2) Flat ,benign pigmentation problems ( brown age-spots, melasma or pregnancy mask)
3) Rosacea and diffuse redness
4) Facial vascular lesions (spider veins and broken capillaries)
5) Acne scar
How does IPL work?
IPL uses high intensity pulses of visible light with properly chosen wavelengths. This light converts to heat to absorb and damage the targets cells i.e the melanin ( the dark pigment in your skin and hair) and haemoglobin ( red colour in your blood vessels) without disrupting the skin surface. Hence, IPL is remarkably effective against pigmented and vascular lesions. This technology enables patients to have relatively pain free treatment with no downtime and minimal recovery.
Is IPL suitable for me?
IPL may not be suitable for you in the following cirumstances:
1) Recent sunburn
2) Very dark skin tone ( risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation)
3) Taking photosensitive medications such as acne medications : Topical and oral isotretinoin (Roaccutane) in the last 5-6 months
4) Known herpes 1 or 2 infection over the treatment site
6) History of epilepsy
7) Concurrent chronic skin condition like eczema/psoriasis
Do check with the doctors if you are suitable for IPL before proceeding to avoid complications.
Important to know this so that your visit to our clinic will not be wasted .
You should avoid direct sun exposure at least 4 weeks before procedure. This is because the darker the skin, the higher the risk of IPL burn. It recommended to use a sun screen or even lightening creams 3-4 weeks before the procedure. If you are on any oral acne medications as mentioned above, it has to be stopped at least 6 months before. For those with known herpes infection, it is best to take a course of anti viral from your doctor before treatment.
What happens during the treatment?
A clear gel is applied to the treated ares to ensure the best possible transmission of light to the skin. During treatment, light is delivered to the entire skin surface in precise pulse.
For optimal benefit, four to six treatments are usually recommended, scheduled at 4 weekly intervals. Effects can be seen as early in the first or second treatment. Each session usually lasts about 15–20 minutes. You should be able to return to work and resume normal activity after treatment as there is minimal recovery with no downtime.
Will it be painful?
Most patients tolerate IPL very well with minimal pain
To minimize pain, topical anaesthetic may be applied to the skin 1 hour before the procedure and ice packs are applied to skin immediately after treatment.
You should avoid direct sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunblock for at least 3 weeks to avoid the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
What to expect after treatment?
Right after the treatment, you may notice some slight redness over the treated area, but this usually disappears after 1-2 hours
The treated lesions will generally become darker and form crusts about 2-3 days after the treatment, which will eventually slough off after 3-5 days . Gentle cleansing and moisturizers 2–3 times a day will help clear the crust faster. Avoid abrasive scrubbing or facials after treatment.
Side effects are uncommon and usually only happens when being treatment is done on darker skin tones which may cause superficial blistering. Hence treatment is not recommended for tanned skin.
After completing the recommended sessions, you may be follow up once or twice after that to review if you need any further treatment for enhancement.
Our IPL sessions are appointment based.
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