Intense Pulse Light treatment

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment is an individually-tailored and non-invasive treatment that can help improve a number of different skin conditions:

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  • Sun damage
  • Lentigo (brown spots)
  • Rosacea
  • Erythema (skin reddening)
  • Broken veins and capillaries
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne
    • Dull, lacklustre skin

The procedure works on the theory known as photothermolysis. This is where light is absorbed into the darker pigments of your skin known as melanin, and haemoglobin, which gives your blood vessels their distinctive red colour.

During the process – once your eyes are protected – cooling gel is applied to your skin. A special device is then gently placed against areas of your body. This hand piece emits brief, safe pulses of light. The light is converted to heat, which damages any skin cells that are abnormally dark or reddened. The normal, light areas of your skin are not affected.

These pigment cells then naturally move towards your skin’s surface and eventually will be lost as part of the normal way in which your body replaces skin cells. The resulting lesions are much lighter and much less visible once treated. Any lesions that are significantly red – such as veins and Rosacea – will slowly fade over time.

The treatment will have minimum impact on your day-to-day life. You will probably require between four and six treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. This will help you achieve the best, long-term results.

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