IPL Skin Rejuvenation 15 minutes | £49 per session

IPL treatment works by directing controlled pulses of light into the skin. The light is absorbed by two of the body’s own natural chemicals – melanin in the pigmented areas and haemoglobin in the blood.

These pigments convert light energy into heat which is used to destroy the parts of the cells in which the melanin is stored, and to damage the walls of the vessels supplying blood to the areas where vascular damage is seen.  This technique has the name “Selective Photothermolysis” Surrounding skin tissue is unharmed.

Our professional IPL system will treat facial thread veins, diffuse redness and pigmentation/sun damage. Treatment is quick and simple and doesn’t interfere with your normal daily routine.

As well as hair reduction we can offer an additional FOUR different treatments using the IPL System

  1. Skin rejuvenation
  2. Pigmentation removal
  3. Acne reduction
  4. Thread vein removal

Skin Rejuvenation

Skin rejuvenation is the treatment of sun damaged skin. This treatment is used to boost the complexion, evening out skin tone, tightening pores, smoothing skin texture and boosting collagen in the skin. Skin rejuvenation is an excellent way of reversing the signs of ageing. It works by the IPL light being attracted to the melanin/oxyhaemoglobin in the blood. The heat reaction breaks down the melanin and coagulates the blood within the area. This damaged tissue then leaves the body via the lymphatic system leaving the skin with a clearer complexion. The heat that is created within the epidermis and dermis makes the skin react as if it has had an injury. The blood rushes to the area bringing with it oxygen and nutrients, taking away waste products and collagen and elastic production is increased thickening the dermal layer of the skin making it firmer.

The sensation varies from client to client depending on the amount of melanin found in the skin. It is described as a heat sensation feeling like mild sunburn after the treatment,

*Suitable for skin types 1-5.

*Mild erythema is seen post treatment which is an indication of an effective treatment as sufficient heat has been introduced into the skin.

Pigmentation removal

Is for skins that have an uneven tone due to age spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. This treatment fades and removes the excess pigmentation restoring the skin to a more even tone. This treatment also boosts the collagen within the skin improving elasticity and smoothness.

Pigmentation treatments will initially turn darker after the treatment, then a crusting will appear on the skin which must shed off naturally for up to ten days post treatment. The skin will then appear more even in colour and the pigmented lesions will be lighter in colour. If the skin sheds before it is ready (picked at) then temporary or even permanent scarring can occur.

*On average 1-6 treatments are needed at 4 week intervals for the best results. Top up treatments may be needed in the future for maintenance purposes.

*The client should feel some sensation during the treatment. Mild erythema will appear and pigmentation should turn darker 5-10 minutes after the treatment.

*A light crust or dirty skin look will be present for up to ten days. *In male clients unwanted hair removal may occur so check precisely where the client requires treatment and warn of this as a possible side effect. Any hair in the area must be shaved prior to treatment.

Acne reduction

Acne results from a change in the way in which keratin is laid down in the hair follicle. The keratin becomes denser and blocks the secretion of sebum. This produces a sterile inflammatory response and the follicle is ‘plugged’ causing a whitehead.

Acne is also caused by the increased production of the hormone ‘Androgen’ (produced by both men and women) which stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil. This increased production causes the follicle to become blocked and the oil cannot escape to the skin surface.

The acne is an infection caused by a skin bacteria called ‘Propionbacterium acnes’ (P Acnes) This bacteria feeds on and breaks down the oil. As the bacteria multiplies, waste products and sebaceous acids are created and irritate the sebaceous gland which becomes inflamed causing a blackhead, pimple or inflamed nodule in the skin.

With more severe acne, sometimes the walls of the follicle break and the contents of the follicle (sebum, lipids, fatty acid, keratin, bacteria etc) spill into the surrounding tissue provoking an extreme inflammatory response which can lead to tissue necrosis (tissue death) and scarring.

There are three different types of acne.

  1. Acne Vulgaris- Clogging of the hair follicles that leads to unsightly and painful skin lesion, inflammation and pimples.
  2. Acne Conglobate- Covers the back chest and buttocks with pustules and nodules which can cause a severe bacterial infection as well as extensive scarring.
  3. Acne Rosacea- An inflammation of the face, neck or chest

Factors that can aggravate acne:

*Humid environment with oil, chemicals or dirt

*Stress- emotional or physical

*Scratching or squeezing the infected area

*Hormonal changes during a monthly cycle

*Some medications

*Hormonal conditions and imbalances

The IPL treatment targets ACNE is two ways.

  1. The light targets the P Acnes bacteria in the skin. A photodynamic reaction occurs which performs a selective destruction of the P Acnes bacteria. With regular treatment the rate of destruction of the P Acnes bacteria becomes greater than the growth of the bacteria leading to a reduction in the inflammation of the skin lesions and can prevent further scarring.
  2. The light is also absorbed into the blood vessels which supply the sebaceous glands. By heating up the capillaries this reduces the blood flow to the sebaceous glands and decreases the production of oil in the skin.
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