Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo FAcial skin rejuvination

Falling under the broad category of photo-rejuvenation, intense pulsed light is a non-invasive treatment that treats skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface.  IPL can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, leaving your skin smoother, clearer, brighter and “younger”.  These include the signs of photo-aging or sun damage, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, broken capillaries, benign brown pigment, age spots, mottled pigmentation, poikiloderma and other blemishes.  The treatment works by stimulating the dermal layer of the skin to produce more collagen, which “plumps out” fine lines or wrinkles.  Different light-based systems will work differently on different skin types.
How does IPL work?

A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and the smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to the affected area/s and pulses of light are applied.  The light energy is transformed into heat energy which affects the chromophore in the target tissue.  The target is fragmented and absorbed without damaging the surrounding tissue, leaving the skin smooth and rejuvenated.

Is IPL right for me?

IPL can be tailored to meet your individual condition and skin type and offer superior results and patient satisfaction.

When can I expect to see results?

An initial course of between 4 – 6 treatments is recommended to achieve the desired effect, and a further treatment every six months may be necessary to maintain the effect.  To further enhance the effects of IPL Skin Rejuvenation a Microdermabrasion or exfoliation treatment is recommended pre and 2 weeks post treatment.

What does an IPL treatment feel like?

The treatment may feel like a slight sting of a snapping elastic band. By incorporating the use of a cooler with each treatment the discomfort and inflammation experienced with this treatment can drastically be reduced.  Although seldom required an aesthetic cream may be applied or appropriate pain management can be administered by a Medical Aesthetic Practitioner.

What are the risks?

The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for each person can be determined only at the time of consultation with a Medical Aesthetic Practitioner. To ensure safety and efficacy it is essential that the patient follow the pre and post treatment recommendations which should be handed to the patient prior to embarking on any form of treatment.

CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing 

Our skin changes over time, losing its youthful look and giving way to brown spots, wrinkles and laxity.  In recent years there have been a growing number of aesthetic procedures available to treat the skin.  CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing is the result of the latest advances in laser technology, it is a new procedure that yields remarkable, long-lasting results with just one treatment.  A fast, office-based procedure with minimal patient downtime, c02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing treatment is your single treatment solution for beautiful, younger looking skin.

Is CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing right for you?

This treatment is ideal for you if you:

  • have a busy lifestyle or cannot be away from work for a long time.
  • want noticeable results with minimal downtime
  • want to treat dyschromia, fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity

What is CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

It is a fractional laser procedure performed in a single treatment with minimal patient downtime.  During the procedure, a high energy beam of laser light is used to smooth out lines, wrinkles and scars, remove brown spots and other irregularities and tighten the skin.  It also stimulates formation of new underlying collagen to continue improvement over time.  With fractional laser treatment, only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by the laser, leaving small “bridges” of untouched skin.  This technique makes the healing process much faster and enables you to get back to normal activities sooner.

What are the benefits of CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing treatment produces a dramatic effect on the skin:

  • causes immediate skin tightening
  • reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and softens deeper frown lines
  • noticeably improves skin tone and texture
  • stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin
  • restores the skin to a healthy youthful looking state

The results of CO2 Fractional laser treatments are long-term and with proper sun protection, can persist for many years.  Most effects of treatment become visible right away, whereas others, such as new collagen formation, which leads to continued inner tightening, build up gradually and become more evident over time.  Therefore, most people look even better 3 -5 months after the procedure.

What can you expect from CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

The procedure is performed in a Medical Aesthetic Centre and most patients say they feel warmth similar to sunburn during the treatment. With the use of customised appropriate pain management the treatment is made as comfortable as possible.  With a gentle washing and moisturizing regimen, your skin will begin to flake off within 2 days.  After about 3 – 5 days, your doctor will probably let you wear make-up.  Pinkness should be gone in approximately 1 week.

Laser Hair Reduction

You may be surprised to learn that virtually your entire body is covered with hair.  Because most of this hair is fine and pale, it usually isn’t visible to the naked eye.

But when darker, courser hair appears in places which may make you uncomfortable like on the face, neck, abdomen, breasts, legs or underarms in women or on the shoulders, chest and back of men, it may be time to consider Laser Hair Reduction.

Laser hair reduction reduced unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort and more reliably than other methods.

Lighter, Grey and blond hair can also be safely reduced with the Laser after it has been treated with a hair dye used specifically for this purpose.

How does the Laser System work for hair reduction? 

The system emits near-infrared laser light that is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle.  The laser is pulsed or turned on, for only a fraction of a second.  The duration of each pulse is just long enough to damage the follicle, while the system’s unique patented contact-cooling hand piece, the ChillTip, helps protect the skin by conductive cooling during the laser energy delivery.  Latest advancement in Laser Hair Reduction devices include vacuum assist technology combined with diode laser light to allow rapid and comfortable treatment of larger areas.  A back or legs can now be treated in as little at 15 – 20 minutes with this new state-of-the-art technology. 
Is Laser Hair Reduction right for me?

Depending on the particular device used laser hair reduction safely and effectively treats all skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types 1 – VI).  It is important that a “test” patch is done prior to embarking on Laser Hair Reduction to ensure that one is a suitable candidate for such treatment.

Does it hurt?

A second of pain during each laser pulse may be experienced and red and sensitive skin may be experienced for about 24 hours after treatment.  With many devices a ChillTip provides continuous contact cooling of the epidermis for maximum safety and comfort.  Furthermore the use of a cooling device or ice pack pre, during and post treatment dramatically reduces the discomfort associated with this treatment. 

When can I expect to see results?

The laser beam only works on actively growing hair follicles at the time of the treatment – hair will continue to grow from follicles which are not active at the time of the treatment, therefore a course of treatments is required before the area is fully clear of hair this can range from 8 – 12 treatments and in some cases more. Touch up sessions may be required from time to time to treat sporadic hair growth caused by factors such as hormones and stress.  Treatment sessions may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the area being treated.

What are the risks?

The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for each person can be determined only at the time of consultation with our Medical Aesthetic Practitioner during which time a “test” patch is recommended.  Pre and post treatment instructions should be provided to all clients prior to receiving treatment.