Laser Skin Rejuvenation Facials
IPL treatments can be very effective at rejuvenating the skin with little to no down time and used to treat several common skin concerns including mild sun damage, acne, rosacea, brown spots, freckles or irregular pigmentation on the face, neck and chest. Results can be gradual depending on the severity of the condition, some skin concerns may require a course of treatment which will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Carbon Laser Facial
The 30-minute Q Switch Nd:YAG treatment utilises an organic, detoxifying carbon mask with potent antioxidants to micro-exfoliate the skin and cleanse the pores. The treatment leaves skin brighter and more refined.
Acne Laser Facial
IPL uses yellow wavelengths of light that destroy acne causing bacteria. Red wavelengths target inflamed sebaceous glands, shrinking them which prevents over-production of excess sebum which can block pores and further result in acne breakouts. Results can be seen within 2 weeks with continued improvement over 3 months. A course of treatment may be needed.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation Facial
Wrinkles can occur due to intra-cellular ageing and long-term exposure to UV radiation from the sun which leads to the breakdown of collagen fibres. Wavelengths from the laser are absorbed by particles in the skin which triggers an inflammatory reaction in the dermis creating a tightening effect and the stimulation of new collagen formation.
Laser Pigmentation Facial
Patches of excess melanin in the skin (hyperpigmentation) in the form of freckles, age spots, melasma and pigmented lesions can be absorbed by laser light and removed.
Laser Rosacea Facial
Rosacea is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition which symptoms include inflamed blood vessels, flushed skin, hyper-sensitive skin, redness, spots and pustules and facial swelling. For those who suffer with visible red blood vessels, intense pulsed light can be absorbed by the oxyhaemoglobin in the red vessels and shrink them.
Frequently Asked Questions
After carrying out an initial consultation, a cool gel will be applied to your face and you will be given dark glasses to wear to protect your eyes from the light. Once you’ve been prepped, the hand-piece from the laser will be glided across the surface of the skin where it will pulse a specific wavelength of light to target the presenting skin concern.
Some pain and discomfort can be experienced during the procedure depending on the individual. Clients have likened the experience to an elastic band hitting off the surface of the skin, whereas some clients report feeling quite comfortable during the treatment. After the treatment there can be a reddening of the skin that feels a bit like sunburn that generally settles within a few days.
No real downtime is required but there may be some mild side effects immediately after the procedure that can take up to a week to diminish. Most normal activities can resume after the treatment. Side effects usually include:
- Redness – This is common and generally goes away after a few hours.
- Brown spots – If you underwent the procedure to treat dark spots and are suddenly faced with darker ones, don’t fret. This is normal. The dark spots may last for up to a week but will then fade.
- Crusting – Some of the dark spots you’ve treated will grow hard and begin to flake. This is normal and temporary.
- Bruising – This side effect is uncommon and mild when it does occur.
Remember that it can take several weeks and treatments before you start seeing significant results.
Depending on the severity of the skin concern, typically, patients receive treatments between three and six treatments spaced roughly one month apart.
- Avoid any sort of UV at least 30 days prior to treatment, including sunbeds
- Avoid using any self-tanning products at least 14 days prior to treatment. For facial rejuvenation treatments with IPL you need to be tan-free (real and fake). Tans can prevent the machine from accurately detecting the specific blemishes that you want treating and put you at greater risk of being burned.
- Avoid any chemical or glycolic peels at least 30 days prior to treatment
- Avoid retinol and AHA products at least 7 days prior to treatment
- Avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen, anticoagulants, alcohol, and anything else that thins the blood 48 hours prior to treatment.
- Avoid using any products on your skin that increase sensitivity, such as retinoids or exfoliants 1-2 weeks before treatment.
- Don’t shave, wax, or use hair removal creams before the procedure. This can lead to an increase in skin sensitivity.
- Avoid laser hair treatments for 4 weeks prior to treatment
- There must be at least a 2-week gap between treatment and Injectables including Fillers, muscle relaxants and microneedling treatments.
- Steroid creams, topical antibiotics and the use of Roaccutane will prevent treatment.
- Please advise us of any medical changes at each appointment including pregnancy and breast feeding
- Ensure a minimum SPF 30 is worn daily whatever the weather conditions and avoid direct sun exposure and sun beds to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
- Avoid perfumed products on the face for 24 hours
- Avoid Heat treatment including UV rays, Saunas, Steams etc for 48 hours after treatment
- Avoid Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and other potentially irritating products for 7 days or until the skin has fully healed.
- Redness, stinging, itching, tightness, mild swelling, flaking, and peeling are all normal reactions following any sort of laser skin treatment. The severity of these responses varies between individuals.
- Healing occurs quicker in those that don’t smoke and have good nutrition
- Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 7 to 10 days following treatment to allow your skin to fully heal.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, spicey food and consequent sweating until the skin has completely healed. usually 48 hours.
- Avoid alcohol for 48 hours and keep the skin well hydrated
- Avoid chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, IPL Hair removal including waxing and Laser treatments for a minimum of 2 weeks after treatment or until the skin has fully recovered.
- Avoid make up until the following day, mineral make up is recommended as oily make up can clog the pores again.