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
- Skin rejuvenation
- Pigmentation removal
- Acne reduction
- Thread vein removal
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.
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 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.
- Acne Vulgaris- Clogging of the hair follicles that leads to unsightly and painful skin lesion, inflammation and pimples.
- Acne Conglobate- Covers the back chest and buttocks with pustules and nodules which can cause a severe bacterial infection as well as extensive scarring.
- 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
*Hormonal conditions and imbalances
The IPL treatment targets ACNE is two ways.
- 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.
- 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.
Tattoo Removal & Fading
- unwanted Tattoos can be removed gradually over a series of treatments
- fading a tattoo is perfect prior to a cover-up tattoo
- the light-wave laser breaks down tattoo ink into tiny fragments, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream and safely passed out of the body
- numbing cream can be applied by the client 1 hr before treatment, if preferred (not to be applied prior to test patch)
- test patch and consultation is compulsory prior to first full treatment.
Test patch £20 refunded on first full treatment
1-2cm area (small) £60
course of x3 £145
course of x6 £270
2-6cm area (medium) £90
course of x3 £215
course of x6 £405
6-10cm area £110
course of x3 £265
course of x6 £495
NdYag stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet which is a crystal that is used as a medium for laser treatments.
In Q switched mode the NdYag produces two wavelengths, one in the infrared range (1064nm) and a second beam of 532nm wavelength which is useful for superficial skin lesions. Q Switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high intensity beam in very short pulses. Machines that are not Q Switched cannot provide the desired results as they are not powerful enough to shatter the tattoo ink particles.
When a permanent tattoo is placed in the skin, it is placed deep in the dermis. The tattoo remains in the skin because the body’s immune response to remove the tattoo (known as macrophages) finds that the tattoo particles are too large for the macrophages to remove also the immune response of wound healing means collagen builds and surrounds the tattoo essentially ‘locking’ it into place.
When a Q Switched laser comes into contact with a tattoo, the laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink creating a ‘photo acoustic shock wave’ that releases the heat from the tattoo and shatters it into minute particles. When this response shatters the particles, it’s known as a ‘photo mechanical effect’.
Once the ink particles are shattered into minute pieces, they can then be carried away by the macrophages and then disposed of through the body’s lymphatic system through the kidneys and then through the urine.
What kind of tattoos can we treat?
*Professional tattoos- placed 2-3mm into the dermis and usually with colours and dense ink. These tattoos can be harder to remove.
*Amateur tattoos- Usually blue and black inks and not as deep, ink may be less dense. These are easier to remove than professional tattoos.
*Semi Permanent Make Up- the depth of these tattoos is less deep but the pigment can contain iron pigments that do not respond well to laser treatment. Also there are limitations to treatment in high risk areas such as eye liner for example.
What colour tattoos can we remove?
In principle the laser can remove all kinds of tattoos however since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink and chemical composition, some may respond differently. It is good practice to test patch a small area of the tattoo first before carrying out a full treatment.
Previous methods for tattoo removal
*Surgical removal- expensive, must be performed by a surgeon, will require a skin graft and a risk of scarring
*Microdermabrasion- risk of scarring and not deep enough to remove all pigment
*Bleaching creams- not medically approved, wouldn’t penetrate deep enough to significantly fade a tattoo.
*High Ionic Strength Salting- a procedure using the osmosis effect to lift the tattoo out of the skin by bringing it up to the
epidermal top layer of skin and shedding normally. The salted ink used can cause an adverse reaction leading to scarring
WE CAN TREAT ALL SKIN TYPES WITH THE Q SWITCHED NDYAG TECHNOLOGY
Immediate/Normal Side Effects
(lasting between 20 minutes to a few hours)
- As the NdYag Q Switched laser hits the tattoo pigment, it will make a loud cracking noise when the tattoo ink absorbs the photo shock wave. This is completely normal and will lessen as the tattoo fades over the course of treatments.
- White gas bubbles (frosting) may rise on the skin immediately. This is a good sign that head has been released from the shattered ink particles. These bubbles will usually disappear within 20 minutes of treatment.
- Pin prick bleeding may occur due to the tiny blood vessels in the skin erupting. This stops very quickly.
- Skin redness may be persistent and temporary swelling due to the heat and high intensity of the treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal
How Does Intense Pulsed Light Work?
The IPL hand piece delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is different from the narrow band light that lasers produce.
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. Intense pulsed light is non-ablative meaning that it does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin leaving the epidermis untouched.
There are many different versions of intense pulsed light machinery on the market and these machines can offer treatment including hair removal, vascular, pigmented lesion removal and general skin rejuvenation.
Intense pulsed light treatments can take as little as five minutes for a small area such as upper lip or for larger area around 40 minutes for full leg treatment. There is no ‘down time’ with these treatments, clients can return to their normal routine immediately after treatment.
Treatments generally cause minimal discomfort and unlike laser or radio frequency resurfacing, no topical anaesthetic is required.
In order to provide safe, effective treatments, our practitioners are experienced and highly trained in these techniques. We understand the skin and hair structure and can provide effective and comfortable treatments tailor made to your requirements.
A thorough consultation and patch test prior to treatment is important to ascertain suitability for ipl treatment. It is important to remember that an internal medical condition can affect the skins reaction to treatment.
IPL treatment is not suitable for dark Asian or black skin or blonde, grey or white hairs.