Understanding the various therapies and treatments made available to cover the body rejuvenation industry- health and wellness -can be a daunting experience.
With our Blog we aim to cover our treaments and therapies with explanations that will enable you - our clients- to make an informed decision about your treatment preferences.
Along with our blog we offer a FREE basic phone treatment assessment when deciding on a treatment becomes more difficult or appears to be more complicated.
|Posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM||comments (1)|
Just letting you all know I have been going to Nicolefor over 2 years now and would publicly like to thank her.
She is a very caring, understanding professional. Ihave received IPL treatments from Nicole and found for the first time in yearsI can go out without first plucking the hairs out of my chin and upper lip …this treatment has really reduced the amount of hair growth that I have.
I have had back massage treatment from Nicole when myback has been really painful… the pain was relieved to nil. Recently I had todrive to Gympie to attend my mother’s funeral- this would not have beenpossible due to my back pain however thanks to Nicole’s treatment I was able toattend. Thank You Jackie Hampson,Mackay
I have been introduced to Doterra Essential Oils byNicole, to relieve very painful cramps in my legs and rib cage. For the firsttime ever I have not only found relief from the pain but I have not had anycramps for 3 weeks. Thanks again. Jackie Hampson, Mackay
4 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Divericulitis. I was hospitalizedin extreme pain and advised I may have ruptured my bowel. I was in hospital for4 days on 3 high dose antibiotics. On my release from hospital I was advisedthat there is no known cure and that I would have to work out a diet that wouldassist me as the doctors could not decide which would be better for mycondition- no fibre diet, high fibre diet or low fibre diet. I was left worriedand upset not knowing just what I should do. What would happen if my bowel wasto rupture? I have had a bag for a very long time now and would be in danger oflosing my life through infection. Thank God for professionals like Nicole Hoganwho suggested DoTerra Oils as Doterra have been successfully treating andcuring conditions like Divericulitis.
So more oils, more hope and yes you guessed it, nomore pain as yet…so I am crossing my fingers that I am on the mend.
Reiki…WOW what can I say, this lady has magic hands…Ifeel energized and relaxed for days after. I have to drive to Mareeba in 10days time and have booked for another treatment before I leave. As I amrequired to drive the full 840k distance by myself I can rest assured that Iwill have sustained pain relief with Nicoles Reiki treatment.
Thanks again Nicole- Jackie Hampson
|Posted on October 6, 2011 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
ACNE SCARRING- IPL
Acne is one of the most common, yet hardest skin conditions to clear. Regardless of skin type or lifestyle, chances are most people will suffer from acne at some point in their lives. Acne is common in both teens and adults. Acne is a skin concern that emerges from the overproduction of oil by the skin’s oil glands. Whilst the oil normally lubricates the skin, it can sometimes get trapped in blocked oil ducts and appears as a pimple. Hormonal changes can also cause the enlargement and obstruction of sebaceous glands in the skin. This typically results in painful, inflamed lesions that can appear on the face, chest, back, limbs and virtually any other part of the body.
Pimples and acne are a widely recognised problem that all individuals encounter at least once in their lifetime. For many others, facial scars, acne scarring and blemishes profoundly impact on their self-confidence and contentment. Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments can provide an effective acne treatment, as well a permanent solution to acne scarring. People find current treatment options ineffective and others develop problematic side effects. Additionally, the cost and duration of acne treatment with topical medications and oral antibiotics make standard therapy far from ideal.
Discuss this treatment and condition with one of our therapists before determining your best treatment solution.
|Posted on October 5, 2011 at 8:30 PM||comments (1)|
HAIR REDUCTION- IPL Treatment
IPL and Hair Reduction
IPL treatments implement a wide range of light energy wavelengths that can target and stimulate different skin structures at the same time. With the help of a large spectrum multiple wavelength beam, IPL provides excellent hair follicle destruction, which is permanent in nature. It also treats skin pigmentation, stimulates collagen regeneration and minimises visible blood vessels.
IPL: Permanent Hair Reduction
Why have IPL (intense pulse light) treatment at Mackay Body Rejuvenation Centre?
√ The treatments are performed by qualified Therapists. ATherapist has a nationally recognised qualification in advanced skin treatments, including IPL.
√ We perform necessary skin test patches - free!
√ We provide you with a comprehensive consultation so you can make an informative decision.
√ Your treatment outcome is important to us.
IPL Hair Removal-Nov 12, 2008
IPL hair removal is a new tool that allows permanent hair removal from the body. Just think, no more waxing, plucking or shaving!
What is IPL Hair Removal?
IPL stands for “intense pulsed light”. It is a light therapy and not a traditional laser therapy. It is different to laser in that it uses a spectrum of multiple wavelengths of light energy and thus can target, heat destroy, and stimulate a number of different skin structures at the same time. Therefore, as long as the IPL has the necessary power output, the correct light filters, efficient surface skin cooling, and a wide pulse-width, it is able to permanently destroy hair follicles as well as treating skin pigmentation, regenerating collagen, and treating blood vessel destruction.
Where can IPL Hair Removal be used?
All areas of the face and body can be treated with IPL. It is fantastic for both men and women. All skin types and hair colours can be treated using IPL but the lighter the skin colour and the darker the hair colour, the more permanent hair follicle destruction is possible. This is because IPL targets the increased concentration of melanin pigment deep down in the base of the hair follicle, more than just the hair shaft. The darker the hair root, the more melanin is there, meaning that more heat-thermal energy is delivered by the IPL, resulting in permanent destruction. A darker skin colour means that there is more melanin in the superficial layers of the skin and this same melanin absorbs a lot of the energy of the IPL, meaning that some of the energy going to heat destroy the hair is blocked by the skin. Lighter hair on darker skin can be treated but more sessions will be required.
How Many IPL Treatments are required?
There are three phases of hair growth, and it is during the active growing phase that there is enough melanin in the hair bulb to permanently destroy the hair follicle. Therefore, only about a third of the hair follicles are ever in the active growing phase at any one time and thus able to be targeted by IPL. This is why multiple treatments are required. A minimum of four to six treatments are required. Darker skin colour and lighter coloured hair will require more treatments, as there is less melanin in the hair roots and the machine cannot be operated at full capacity. Having said that, long term hair reduction or removal is available for everyone.
Is the Hair Removal Permanent?
Be aware that there is no such thing as completely permanent hair removal with any type of hair removal treatment for most people. However, IPL offers the most advanced and permanent reduction of hair growth of all the treatments currently on the market. It is great at permanently destroying most of the targeted hair follicles.
Most people will get effective hair reduction with each treatment, with very little regrowth after the course of treatments is done. Some will get complete hair reduction with no regrowth, while others will require a yearly maintenance treatment. Any regrowth of hair will be weak, thin, and lighter in colour, due to the damaged hair follicles.
Possible Side Effects of IPL Hair Removal
It is normal to experience some redness of the skin and some very mild swelling. This is not burning or blistering and should not cause alarm. In some cases, the redness may last for a few days and there could be some scabbing which subsides over a short time. Most clients will tolerate IPL with minimal discomfort, but on sensitive areas and for people with low pain thresholds, a topical anaesthetic and ice packs can be applied. Most people can immediately return to normal activities.
|Posted on July 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM||comments (0)|
Ideas for Living Balanced, Healthy and Stress-Free by David & Steve Gordon
Co-Founders of Sequoia Records, Composers and Producers of Award-Winning Relaxation Music.
1. Reducing Stress Listening to soothing music that relaxes your body and elevates your mind can significantly reduce how much stress you feel. Relaxation music helps you connect to your inner peace. When you quiet your thoughts and feel your source of peace within, it's like having a stress-proof field around you. Reducing stress not only makes you feel much better, it can also bring improved health.
2. Easier and Deeper MeditationWe became inspired to create music for meditation while backpacking in the Sequoia National Forest back in 1982, with a vision of how music and nature sounds could make meditation easier. Listening to relaxation music helps to quiet the mind, allowing you to enter into the place of deep stillness and inner peace that meditation brings.
3. More Fulfilling YogaTo get the most out of Yoga, you need to slow down your breathing and stay in the present moment. Relaxation music and yoga music helps your mental chatter fade effortlessly away and you will find that you are able to reach each pose more deeply and hold them longer. Yoga then becomes a more enjoyable and more fulfilling experience.
4. Relax Your BodyWhether you're enjoying a soothing hot bath at home, a visit to a spa, an acupuncture treatment, a deep massage, a Reiki session or sitting quietly in a garden or in nature, you will benefit more when you are deeply relaxed. Listening to healing music can help you let go and surrender to relaxation, it can inspire you as well, resulting in a deeper experience.
5. Healing and RenewalIt has been proven that when the body and mind are relaxed, the body's natural ability to heal itself is greatly enhanced. By listening to deeply relaxing music, you can assist your body to release its healing powers. Studies have shown positive benefits when patients listen to relaxing music before and after surgery and in hospice settings.
6. Balance Your LifeIn these busy times, it can be difficult to create a sense of balance in our lives. By listening to relaxation music, you can create a zone of peace that allows you to experience each day from a place of alignment with your true nature. Our meditation music and nature music are also very popular with practitioners of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi.
7. Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep More DeeplyMany of our listeners find that listening to our relaxation music before retiring or as they drift off to sleep allows them to let go of the day's worries, quiet their thoughts and fall asleep easier. The soothing sleep music helps to re-establish a connection to your sense of inner peace and allows you to feel completely secure and enjoy deeper, more restful sleep.
8. Mindful Meals Experts agree that being relaxed and eating slowly plays a key role in the digestion process. Relaxing music creates a tranquil environment for you and your family that makes mealtime a healthier and more pleasurable experience. Also, a recent study showed that eating quickly contributes to weight gain, so listening to peaceful music at mealtimes can help keep extra weight off as well.
9. Calm Airplane TravelAir travel can be a daunting experience for many travelers. Listening to calming music before and during your flight can greatly reduce feelings of stress by surrounding you with an atmosphere of serenity.
10. Soothing Babies and Young ChildrenRelaxation music can be a big help for parents at naptimes and in the evenings before bed, with its soothing effect on infants and children. We've enjoyed reading the many letters and emails from our listeners thanking us for helping their children fall sleep easier and staying asleep longer.
11. Reducing PainMusic can be helpful to those suffering from physical pain. Studies have shown that people who listen to soothing music have requested less pain medication after surgery and that relaxation music can also help them manage chronic pain.
12. Better Concentration at WorkHave you ever noticed how much more you can get done when you are less tense and more relaxed? Listening to meditation music makes it easier to focus your mind while working. Listeners who have the freedom to listen to our relaxing music while they work have found that it helps them accomplish more.
13. Intimacy and TantraListing to tantra music is good during intimate moments between you and your partner and can enhance your mutual experience. As you both listen, you relax, your breathing slows and you become more centered. When you meet in a place of inner peace, you can connect on a deeper and more satisfying level.
14. Morning InspirationWhen you start the day filled with gratitude and inner peace, the rest of your day unfolds in a more harmonious way. Listening to relaxation music in the morning can help put you in a peaceful mood that will stay with you throughout the day.
15. Reading and StudyingListeners have shared with us how much they enjoy listening to our meditation or nature music while they read. We've heard from students that our relaxing music makes their hours of study more productive. We personally enjoy listening to music for readying and studying music for reading and studying while we read, so this came as no surprise to us!
16. Rejuvenating BathSometimes you need a little time just for yourself. Relaxing in a warm bath is a good way to take that time. To get the most out of the experience, light some candles, put on one of our relaxation or nature music albums and allow yourself to drift away into a refreshing bliss
David & Steve Gordon
|Posted on July 27, 2011 at 1:07 AM||comments (0)|
Benefits of Massage-Good Medicine
By Editorial Staff
Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Fall 2001.Copyright 2001. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
As you lie on the table under crisp, fresh sheets, hushed music draws you into the moment.
The smell of sage fills the air and you hear the gentle sound of massage oil being warmed in your therapist's hands.
The pains of age, the throbbing from your overstressed muscles, the sheer need to be touched -- all cry out for therapeutic hands to start their work. Once the session gets underway, the problems of the world fade into an oblivious 60 minutes of relief and all you can comprehend right now is not wanting it to end.
But what if that hour of massage did more for you than just take the pressures of the day away?
What if that gentle, Swedish massage helped you combat cancer?
What if bodywork helped you recover from a strained hamstring in half the time?
What if your sleep, digestion and mood all improved with massage and bodywork? What if these weren't just "what ifs"?
Evidence is showing that the more massage you can allow yourself, the better you'll feel.
Here's why.Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures.
Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support.
Think of the last time you bumped your head or had a sore calf. What did you do? Rubbed it, right? The same was true of our earliest ancestors.
Healers throughout time and throughout the world have instinctually and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using touch. Many are still in use today, and with good reason.
We now have scientific proof of the benefits of massage - benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles.
Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind - there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.
The Consequences of StressExperts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related.
Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life.
Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration.
It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations. Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.The incredible benefits of massage are doubly powerful if taken in regular "doses."
Dr. Maria Hernandez-Reif, from the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami, is known for her massage research, along with colleague Tiffany Field.
Together, they and other researchers have done outstanding work proving the value of massage. While their studies have shown we can benefit from massage even in small doses (15 minutes of chair massage or a half-hour table session), Hernandez-Reif says they know from their research that receiving bodywork 2-3 times a week is highly beneficial. And if we lived in a fantasy world, Hernandez-Reif has the answer. "I feel a daily massage is optimal."It's undoubtedly a wonderful thing when your therapist begins unwinding those stress-tightened muscles, and your day's troubles begin to fade away.
But it's the cherry on top to know this "medicine" only gets better with frequency.
What You Already Know: The Benefits of MassageIn an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments? - Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. - Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders.
For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. - Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin. - Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles- Reduces spasms and cramping- Increases joint flexibility. - Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.- Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain. - Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred. - Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
Other Body Therapies Alexander Technique - A movement re-education therapy that was created by a mid-19th century actor who tried to understand his own movement dysfunctions on stage.
The emphasis is on observing and modifying improper movement patterns, thereby reducing physical stress on the body.
Craniosacral Therapy - A gentle method of manipulating the body's craniosacral system (consisting of thin membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord) in an attempt to improve the function of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress and enhance health and resistance to disease.
Reiki - A therapy based on universal life energy that serves to align chakras and bring healing energy to organs and glands. Utilizes visualization as practitioner acts as a channel for the life energy.Rolfing - Used to reorder the major body segments, this technique utilizes physical manipulation and movement awareness to bring the body into vertical alignment. Treatments are offered in a 10-session series.Shiatsu - A deep, finger-pressure technique using the traditional acupuncture points of Asian healing. Works to unblock energy flows and restore balance to meridians and organs.
The Need for Touch: As a society, we are touch deprived and this can lead to disease or emotional dysfunction. From the cradle to the nursing home, tactile stimulation and the emotional assurance of caring touch bring about a sense of well-being and security. In numerous studies conducted on massage for infants, TRI researchers have found improved weight gain and development in pre-term infants, improved weight gain and motor behavior in cocaine-exposed infants, and improved weight gain and decreased stress behavior in HIV-exposed infants.
Full-term infants also benefit with increased alertness and social behavior, less crying and increased weight gain.
|Posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:16 AM||comments (0)|
The Benefits of Couples Massage Therapy
There are so many health benefits to massage, and additional benefits of couples massage therapy for you and your partner. The crazy pace the world has taken on has taken its toll on our health, and our relationships. Taking time to enjoy a massage session together is an amazing way to slow down, get more in tune with your partner, and reconnect in a very profound way.
Stress affects our health adversely, few people argue that fact today. Some of the first symptoms people realize from increased levels of stress include increases in: blood pressure, tension in the body, GI distress, headaches and mood swings. Relationships certainly suffer from increased levels of stress as well, by decreasing our level of patience, and negatively affecting our communication patterns. By engaging our partners in some relaxing activities which are not only mindful, but helpful in directly affecting the nervous system in a positive way, we gain more control over our overall stress in our lives.
Using Couples Massage Therapy to connect with our partner can be a very effective way to decrease stress hormone release, and increase some of the positive hormones in our bodies.
Couples massage is one of the hottest services available right now. Two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists or by one therapist one after the other. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, same-sex partners, moms and daughters, sons and dads, business associates and best girlfriends or mates.
What Happens During Couples Massage?
Couples massage is a massage that takes place in a couples suite. At the very least this is a room large enough for two massage tables. Most massage centres and or spa's have amenities for couples with where you can relax together after your treatments.
As for couples massage etiquette, it's fine to talk to each other through the massage if you want, or be quiet the whole time. It's really up to you.
What Are the Benefits of Couples Massage?
Couples massage is a great way to introduce a partner who has never gotten a massage before in a way that makes them feel more comfortable the first time. Some men are apprehensive about getting a massage and to have their wife or girlfriend there is reassuring.
Men usually discover that therapeutic touch is very relaxing and restorative. Once they experience a couples massage, they are more willing to book a massage on their own.
It can also be a good choice if you're traveling with someone you don't get to see often enough -- a sister, girlfriend, mom or best friends -- and you want to spend as much time together as possible.
Is There Any Downside To Couples Massage?
Some experienced spa-goers find it distracting to be in the same room at the same time with anyone else during a massage. They prefer to get their massage alone and then meet up afterwards.
The potential problems come if you have different expectations and needs during a massage, particularly if one person wants to zone out and the other likes to talk.
It helps if you know how much the other person likes to talk during a massage -- a lot, a little, or not at all -- and whether it's a good match for you.
|Posted on July 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
Posted: Mar 02, 2011-
http://www.articlesbase.com- Alternative medicine
On site chair massage has become an increasingly popular trend. Many UK companies are now providing regular massage sessions at work as an investment to their employees' health and wellbeing. Office massage can relieve stress in the workplace, it can improve workers' health and it can create a better and more productive environment in the office.
Back pain and stress are some of the most common causes of sick leave in the UK. Absenteeism due to back problems and stress-related conditions is estimated to be costing UK companies billions of pounds every year whilst stress is one of the leading causes of staff absences in the workplace.
Regular office massage sessions are an easy and cost-effective way to promote employee wellbeing and to reduce work-related stress. This in turn can help to prevent absenteeism and to increase productivity.
So, what is office massage?
In a typical workplace massage session, a massage therapist comes to the office with a specifically designed massage chair. The receiver of the massage sits in the chair comfortably and fully clothed. No oils are used, which makes chair massage a convenient option for the workplace. A treatment usually lasts around fifteen minutes, but longer sessions are available as well.
The massage sequence used in on site chair massage has been created especially for the workplace and is based on different massage techniques that include acupressure and shiatsu. The massage focuses on the neck, the head, the back and the shoulders, the arms and the hands. The sequence used in office massage can help to relieve muscular tension, ease pain in the neck and the shoulders, de-stress and relax, but also re-energise so that the employee returns to his or her desk rejuvenated and focused. As the massages are relatively quick office massage is not one of those treatments that can leave you too relaxed to work. A short chair massage can help to clear the mind and can make one feel more alert than before.
How employees benefit from on site chair massage
A seated chair massage can ease tension and pain in the neck and shoulders and prevent headaches caused by tension and stress. Many office workers suffer from chronic tension and pain in the neck and shoulder area and frequent massage sessions at work can help to relieve even long-term pain. Regular massages can also be used to prevent repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, all very common conditions in the workplace today.
A regular massage from a mobile masseuse is one of the most enjoyable ways to prevent stress at work. The massage equipment can be placed in a separate room or in a corner where it will not disturb other workers. A chair massage does not require more time than a coffee break, but offers many more health benefits.
How corporate chair massage can benefit an organisation
Regular office massage sessions can improve employee health and wellbeing which in turn can improve productivity, reduce sick days caused by back pain or stress, boost morale and improve worker loyalty. A relaxed team of employees works better and achieves better results than one that is under constant stress. Massage days at work are also an easy way to enhance a company's public image as an employer of choice that cares for its workers.
Several studies have found that massage can ease stress and anxiety, reduce stiffness and pain in the body and even control blood pressure. As stress and back pain are some of the most common causes of sick leave in the UK, regular massage sessions can be a cost-effective way to improve productivity and reduce sick days.
How often should a company offer massage at work?
Some companies offer weekly massage sessions, some offer monthly massages in the office. Some companies invite massage therapists to the workplace for special events. How often sessions are provided depends on the company and the number of workers it has although few employees will turn down an offer of regular office massage visits.
Companies that hire massage therapists have noticed how regular treatments can improve employee morale, productivity and performance. When employees feel they are being looked after, they also remain more loyal to the company and create better results.
David Moore - About the Author:
About the author: David Moore is the Managing Director of Office Retreat which specialises in on site office massage packages for companies based in London and the the U.K.
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|Posted on July 14, 2011 at 2:41 AM||comments (2)|
Bowen technique Part 1 Bowen Technique Part 2
The Bowen Technique, a healing, often miraculous, life-changing hands-on therapy, is revolutionizing the healthcare world!
A simple and powerful technique that helps relieve all kinds of pain, it is so gentle that it can be used on anyone, from newborn infants to the elderly.
The Bowen Technique is not massage, acupressure or chiropractic. There is no manipulation, adjustment or force used. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to gently move muscles and tissues.
Pauses and the gentleness of the treatment are what make Bowen unique. It offers rapid, long-lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Most conditions respond within 2-3 treatments.
While it can help speed up recovery time, the Bowen Technique is not meant to replace medical treatment. However, due to its high rate of success, more and more members of the medical profession continue to be amazed at its effectiveness and have begun to add the Bowen Technique to their practices.
|Posted on July 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM||comments (0)|
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy and what is so special about it?
IPL has been proven to be one of the most effective therapies available for facial rejuvenation. This is especially relevant now as the trend towards the use of non-invasive and non-ablative methods to treat aged or damaged skin is firmly entrenched. Patients now insist on techniques in which there is practically no "downtime" and which enables them to go about his or her normal activities.
There are many other therapies available but IPL can be said to form the backbone of most practitioners' practices.
IPL utilizes high intensity light source which emits "broad-band" non-coherent light in a broad wavelength spectrum of 400-1400nm. It makes use of the Theory of Selective Photothermolysis , i.e. selective heating of the unwanted skin lesions to temperatures high enough to destroy the lesion, without any damage to the surrounding skin.
Different combinations of wavelengths (modified by filters), exposure (pulse width) and energy settings (fluence) are individually chosen to destroy these different targets (chromophores) under the epidermis. It is excellent for collagen stimulation which is integral to any rejuvenation process.
Our IPL device is the Plasmalite from Sweden which has the latest technology based on a unique combination of patented fluorescent filter technology, selected spectra of light emission, unique "micro-pulse" forming and sapphire based skin-cooling system. This new technology is a significant improvement from the earlier original IPL which is still used in non-medical establishments.
Can you give me some examples of skin conditions which can be treated with IPL?
Hyper-pigmentation and improvement of dyschromia resulting in an evenly-coloured skin
Skin texture and fine line improvement through collagen stimulation and collagen shrinking ("non invasive instant facelift")
Vascular lesions (telangiectasiae, haemangioma, spider veins etc)
Acne and scarring improvement
Hair removal (permanent hair removal/reduction)
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments required varies depending on the individual and the condition being treated.
Photorejuvenation requires up to 5-6 consecutive treatments spaced about 2-3 weeks apart.
Hair removal typically requires 3-6 treatments, with occasional 'touch-ups'.
Vascular and pigmented lesions normally require between 1-6 treatments, depending on the condition and its severity.
Acne may require up to 8 treatments depending on the type of acne.
Who can be treated?
IPL can be used on almost any subject of either gender, with Fitzpatrick skin type I to V.
Are there any contraindications?
Patients with disorders like active localized or systemic infections, compromised immune system, coagulation disorders and/ or use of aspirin, cortisone, heparin, and elevated photosensitivity as well as pregnant patients should not be treated.
Are there any side effects?
Most people experience mild to moderate discomfort. In most cases, there is no need to a topical anesthesia, but it could be used. Reddening and swelling of the skin are rare and harmless side effects that disappear in 15-30 hours. The skin may feel tight for 1-2 days. In extreme cases slight blistering may occur, which usually heals within a few days.
How long does a typical session take?
A full-face treatment takes 20-30 minutes as the 'cycling time' is rapid - each pulse takes about 1.5 to 2 seconds to 'cycle.
What does the treatment involve?
It is usual to treat the whole face and not only some selected lesions because 'full-face' treatments provide a better overall result.
As your doctors, we will discuss how IPL works and evaluate if it is suitable for you. A test patch may be performed to observe its effect on the patient. A thin layer of optical contact water-based gel is spread over the area to be treated. The waveguide is then applied over the area and a series of short light flashes are passed over each 10x20 mm spot. If no adverse reaction is noted, treatment is commenced.
Is there something the patient should be aware of?
Some people are more sensitive to light than others - it is important that the patient is properly assessed. Test patching is useful to check the patient's suitability for treatment. Please note, however, that the test patch result may not necessarily be the same as the result after the completion of the treatment. The patient should avoid exposure to the sun and sun beds for 4 weeks before and after treatment.
For most skin types, maximum long lasting results are achieved with a total of 5 to 6 treatments, with a 2-3 weeks interval between each treatment. In some cases, the person will notice a 'glow' and smoother complexion as early as after the first treatment.
As IPL leaves the outer skin intact, there are very minimal side-effects. If there are any, they are usually transient and include a mild burning sensation, temporary
reddening, slight bruising and discoloration of skin. Hence there is no downtime and hardly any interruption to the person's routine