Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of photo-ageing, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, and other blemishes.
It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction, through a new process called Photo-rejuvenation.
Sun damaged skin: Facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your well being and appearance, no matter how healthy and young you feel. IPL technology helps create smoother-looking skin. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation. The same treatment can be used effectively on the neck, chest, arms and hands. The skin texture will also improve dramatically.
Acne: IPL can also be used for the safe, effective treatment of acne. By using I²PL™ in conjunction with a topical cream or gel, significant improvement of the affected area can be achieved much more quickly than with a topical product alone. A typical course of 4 x 20 min treatments every 3 weeks.
Facial veins and redness: The face has an extensive network of veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Over time, ageing, trauma, sun exposure and certain lifestyle factors cause a number of them to break appearing as red streaks or blotches on the face, I²PL™ therapy can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing virtually all traces of these unsightly blemishes. Many people suffer from broken capillaries and diffuse erythema that cause them social embarrassment. For both women and men, IPL can successfully treat dilated blood vessels without injuring the surrounding healthy skin.
Brown spots, pigmentation & freckles: Benign pigmented lesions may be genetic in origin or may be caused by physical damage such as sunburn, as well as the natural effect of ageing. The lesions can vary in size and colour. It is always important to ensure that the lesion is not malignant before removing it. The psychological trauma of pigmented lesions can be so strong that patients seek professional help.
Rosacea (pronounced rose ay shah) is a very common red rash on the nose and cheeks (butterfly area of the face) and sometimes on the forehead and chin. Many sufferers will flush and blush easily.
Causes: Huge amount of sun exposure over many years, especially in a fair skinned adult, usually with blue/gray or green eyes. Farmers, gardeners are prone to Rosacea. Exposure to heat and cold can be the cause as well as cortisone creams on face.
Usually the first sign is a persistent redness that looks like a blush or sunburn. This is caused by enlarged blood vessels under the skin called telangiectasia (tel an jec taz ya). The redness gradually becomes permanent and more noticeable. Pimples may also develop.
Sun exposure, cortisone creams on face. Anything that makes you hot or flush. Examples are: sudden or prolonged changes in temperature (e.g. going from a cold to a hot room, at a BRAAI, a hot drink, sauna, hot bath, hot stove) spicy foods, alcohol and excessive use of some cosmetics and toiletries that irritate the skin.
Extremely, as it appears on the face. In men, the sebaceous glands can enlarge causing a prominent nose (rhinophyma) but this is not linked to drinking too much alcohol.
Rosacea is not caused by alcohol, stress and embarrassing situations, though these can make it worse. Rosacea is not the same as acne.
Port Wine Stain (PWS) is a vascular malformation of the dermal blood vessels present at birth. The colour of the PWS is related to the content of the erythrocytes in the vessels. The red PWS is more superficial and has thinner vessels than bluish PWS which are deeper located and has thicker vessels. PWS becomes darker over the years and develops a rougher texture.
As the treatment of the PWS is a rather painful procedure, it is recommended to treat young children only under full anesthesia or to postpone the treatment until they are sufficiently motivated to stand the pain. In contrast to laser treatments with pulsed dye laser, the Ellipse treatment of PWS is also very effective for darker
PWS and even old thick blue PSW can be removed nearly completely, which means postponing the treatment of the young will do no harm.
Treatment interval is 2 months and the recommended settings are shown in the default settings of the Ellipse Flex. Immediately after treatment, the skin appears blue, which is a clinical sign of a successful treatment. The fading of the PWS is only obvious several weeks after the treatment.
The flash-lamp in the IPL system produces light that is carefully filtered in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin. The light that is allowed through has been chosen because it is the sort that two natural body substances respond to. Age spots contain a substance called melanin, and diffuse redness contains a substance called hemoglobin. When cells containing a lot of melanin or hemoglobin are hit with the right type of light, they heat up and are destroyed within a few thousandths of one second.
A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated and you may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the I²PL™ hand-piece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. An anesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Treatment is generally administered in a series of 4 to 6 sessions that provide excellent long-term results, minimal adverse effects and high satisfaction. Each treatment takes about twenty minutes.
The light used is completely safe, visible light. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by the unique I²PL™system. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light which makes treatment less effective.
As skin rejuvenation is based on light absorption in melanin and hemoglobin, treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not sun-tanned at the time of the treatment. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the contrast between the age spots/blood vessels and the skin, making treatment more effective. However, I²PL™ has pre-programmed settings for different skin colours that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.
Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anesthetics are required and many patients describe the discomfort as a warming sensation similar to the feeling one has after a day on the beach. The lighter the skin colour, the less pain.