|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 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