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What is IPL - Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

IPL is a non-invasive light based technology used to permanently reduce unwanted hair and improve many skin conditions.  Such conditions as age spots, sun spots, freckles, superficial capillaries and other unsightly discolouration of the skin can be eliminated using this technology.  IPL is also incredibly effective for those of us who suffer from Rosacea and can even stimulate fibroblast causing increased collagen production in your skin for a more natural, lively, healthier looking you!


How does IPL work?

IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is a type of intensive broadband and incoherent light with a wavelength spectrum spanning 420nm – 1200nm. IPL provides a wide range of non-invasive applications based on the human skin’s selective absorption and photothermolysis of light sources. This popular aesthetic practice is specifically designed to offer:

  • IPL Permanent Hair Removal
  • IPL Acne Management
  • IPL Vascular Therapy
  • IPL Photo Rejuvenation
  • IPL Pigmentation Correction

Because IPL uses a much broader spectrum of light than laser, it is able to deliver a wider range of aesthetic treatments and treat a broader range of hair colours and skin types. Furthermore, IPL treats a much larger area of skin per light pulse than laser, resulting in a more rapid and cost effective treatment process.

Permanent Hair Removal
When operating the IPL machine’s hair removal function, the device emits light at specific wavelengths which are absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle (pigment gives hair its colour). The machine is then pulsed for only a fraction of a second and the duration of each pulse is just long enough to disrupt the hair follicle. When the pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the IPL light, energy is converted into heat, resulting in thermal damage to the hair follicle. This thermal damage causes delayed regrowth of the hair or complete permanent destruction of the hair follicle.

Using an IPL machine for professional hair reduction:
  • Is an easy, comfortable and quick solution for removing unwanted hair.
  • Delivers excellent results on both facial and body parts.
  • Typically requires a course of 6 – 8 IPL treatments to achieve optimal results (however once the client has completed the treatment cycle, they can look forward to a lifetime of smooth skin with only the occasional maintenance treatment required).
  • Remains a popular and value-driven hair removal solution when compared to the cost and hassle of a lifetime of waxing, shaving and tweezing.
Vascular Therapy
Estimates indicate that unsightly veins are a common problem for more than 60% of the adult population which is why many turn to IPL treatment for a fast and effective solution.

IPL treatment for vascular concerns is achieved by releasing precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the blood vessel, heating it to a point where it is destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear and are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little to no trace of the original lesion.

With a quality IPL machine, salons, spas, clinics and practices can offer treatments which aim to reduce facial vascular blemishes such as red flushing (rosacea), thread veins and red spots found on the cheeks and around the nose. Treatment requires no downtime so clients are free to get on with their day as usual following the procedure. A course of 4 – 6 treatments spaced two to three weeks apart is typically required to achieve optimal results for your clients, though clients will be assessed on a case by case basis during the consultation.

Acne Management
During IPL acne treatment, the use of blue light can have positive effects on acne and resultant scarring by targeting the acid bacillus bacteria while leaving surrounding healthy skin tissue as is.

Most acne can be treated leaving little trace of the original mark. Treating acne with IPL technology is designed to specifically slow the overall production of oil that leads to acne, thus dramatically reducing the chance of blemishes while minimising the appearance of enlarged pores.

IPL Acne Management treatments should be spaced approximately 1 – 2 weeks apart to allow the skin’s natural regeneration cycle to play its part in the treatment process.
Skin Rejuvenation
One of the most commonly requested IPL treatments is skin rejuvenation to treat dull, ageing and damaged skin. During this procedure, IPL systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that stimulate the fibroblast cells within the skin that produce collagen and elastin. This improves the irradiancy and tightness of the skin while controlling enlarged pores and promoting a smoother, more uniform complexion.

Everybody loves the sunshine – and while limited exposure is good for Vitamin D absorption and general vitality, the immediate effects it has on the skin such as tanning come with long term implications. Over time, sun exposure decreases the production of collagen, which in turn causes damage to the skin by weakening cell structures causing lines, wrinkles, redness and uneven skin tone. IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatments work to improve skin tone and texture while refining and regenerating the skin by stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin for a smoother, healthier, more youthful complexion.

Pigmentation Correction
When addressing pigmentation concerns with IPL technology, the Intense pulsed light system releases precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the melanin in freckles, sun spots and liver spots. The pigmented area absorbs the light and is heated to the point that the skin renews itself with fresh and healthy regenerated cells. Following treatment, the pigmented area turns darker and crusting is completely normal. Over the following weeks, the pigmented area will gradually flake away from the skin leaving little trace of the original mark.

Whether born with them or acquired over the course of a lifetime, virtually everyone has sun spots, freckles or skin discolourations that they'd love to get rid of and treatment with an IPL machine is a professional, cutting-edge and effective means of achieving this. Clients will require a treatment cycle that consists of a series of 4 – 6 treatments spaced four weeks apart to achieve optimal results. Commonly requested pigmentation treatment areas include the back of hands, forearms, décolleté and face.


Fat Cavitation (Fat reduction) Radio Frequency Treatment

What is Fat Cavitation?

Fat Cavitation is a relatively new aesthetic treatment. Using leaing edge technology it converts fat cells into liquid which can then be drained by the body's own natural filtration system. When the treatment of ultrasound cavitation is followed by a lymphatic drainage, the process is faster, as the drainage is very effective at eliminating liquids. Generally one fat cavitation treatment lasts 35 - 40 minutes where a single part of the body is treated. At least 72 hours must pass between each session so that the body can eliminate the waste. The minimum suggested number of fat cavitation sessions is between 7 and 10.


How does Fat Cavitation work?

A fully trained therapist will apply a specially designed hand piece to your skin. The hand piece will then transmit low level ultrasonic waves which consist of compression - expansion impulses that travel in a circular motion. This motion then causes an infinite quantity of micro-cavities or micro-bubbles that gradually enlarge. This progressive enlargement finishes as micro-bubbles start to collide and implode, producing shock waves that favour emulsification and elimination of fat tissues (this phenomenon is called "cavitation"). The liquid is then easily removed from the body via the lymphatic and urinary systems.


What is Radio Frequency Treatment?

Radiofrequency (RF) energy is a new and promising technology for non-surgical tightening of the early signs of loose or sagging skin. RF energy alone is primarily used to treat skin laxity by tightening, and is best suited to those with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties, with any skin colour. It is commonly used to treat the forehead, under the eyes, cheeks, mid-face, jaw line and the neck. RF can also be used in conjunction with ultrasound cavitation to aid in further fat breakdown and also to tighten the skin in the same area the cavitation treatment has taken place.


How does Radio Frequency work?

The hand piece is slowly rotated over the target area transmitting radio waves through the upper layers of the skin to the dermis, heating the dermis to between 40 & 45 degrees Celsius without burning the skin surface.

  • Tissue Retraction: The generated heat causes local contraction of the collagen fibres, to immediately tighten the skin.
  • New collagen formation: By heating the dermis, new collagen production is stimulated. This tightening effect is delayed and may take from 3-6 months to be visible.
  • Improved circulation: RF will also improve the blood and lymphatic flow. This helps with a better oxygen supply and greater toxin clearance to further reduce the effects of aging.

What can be treated with Cavitation and Radio Frequency?

  • Cellulite and fat reduction
  • Body contouring
  • Skin tightening and fat melting (where radio-frequency is combined)