How does Pulsed Light differ from Laser Light?
Laser light starts with Pulsed Light but eliminates all but one wavelength (or color) of light. Laser can deliver only one color (or wavelength) of light at a time. Pulsed Light can deliver hundreds or thousands of colors of light at a time. Pulsed Light machines use “cut off” filters to selectively deliver the desired wavelengths. These wavelengths can be customized to reach the specific hair, blood vessels, or skin component being treated; and can be modified with each pulse.
Why is the ability to use different wavelengths, pulsed durations, and delays better?
Since longer (higher numbered) wavelengths penetrate deeper into the target, longer wavelengths are used to treat deeper targets, and to avoid and protect superficial parts of the skin.
Shorter wavelengths are used to treat more superficial targets and avoid damaging deeper skin parts. This capability allows the experienced Pulsed Light technician to vary the light delivered in order to match the depth of the target and avoid the areas that are not to be treated.
* IPL Hair Removal
What is High Intensity Pulsed Light Therapy or IPL? Intense pulsed light hair removal is a new and advanced long-term hair removal method. The client lies in a comfortable position, and then the technician glides a hand piece over his or her skin. Precise doses of light within specific wavelengths are emitted from the hand piece placed on the skin, and removed throughout the process after each pulse.
What are the benefits of IPL Hair removal? Is the treatment safe?
Yes, it is very safe. The Intense Pulsed Light system delivers energy to the skin very gently. Plus, the hand piece extracts heat from the skin during each pulse of light for maximum protection. Moreover, the wider range of possible settings and spectrum of light delivered by IPL enables a much broader range of possible settings than available in any single – or even in many combinations – of Lasers. These capabilities translate into better and safer treatments and more effective results. The main side effect is temporary redness, which lasts for either a few minutes or occasionally for a few hours. Patients can usually go right back to work. More serious side effects are very rare (less than 1% of patients). Those usually involve a temporary change of skin color (lightening or darkening) that can last for several weeks or months. For maximum safety, all clients should be at their lightest skin color at time of treatment. It is safer to treat the darkest skinned patient who is at his/her lightest than to treat a light skinned patient who has been recently tanned.
Does it Hurt?
No, the light is selectively absored by the hair and hair follicles. The skin itself is exposed to minimal heat. Plus, no irritating chemicals are used and hairs are not pulled in any way. Patients usually find IPL treatments less painful than laser treatments or electrolysis. Local anesthethic creams (Emla) or pain medications are therefore not needed.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed depends on the area to be treated, the hair density, and the contrast between the hair and the skin color. The more there is a contrast between the hair and the skin color, the less treatments you need. Consequently, people with white skin and black hair would require the least number of sessions, while people with white skin and light hair would require the most number of sessions. Moreover, your hair grows in cycles and there are many influences to its growth, such as age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, methabolism, prevous hair removal methods and medical history. All these factors help increase or decrease your hair’s resilience. IPL slows the growing capacity of follicles in the growth cycle at the time of the treatment. You might therefore only need two treatments. However, some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, so 3 to 8 treatments are needed, on average, in order to achieve optimal results. In most cases, a 50% hair reduction is observed after an average of 2 to 3 treatments. Each treatment can be given at intervals of three weeks or longer, depending how far along you are in the treatment. The exact amount of time that the hair remains unseen/removed depends on the area being treated, as well as the settings in accordance with the client’s hair and skin factors.
* IPL Photo Facial Rejuvanation and Pigmentation Treatments – Face, Neck and Chest Treatments
What skin imperfections could IPL Photofacial treat?
- Red complexions caused by Erythema, Erythrosis and Broken Capillaries
- All signs of Sun Damage or Photo-Aging
- Hyper-pigmentation or Irregular Pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarge pores
- Skin roughness
- Acne and Acne Scars
How does IPL compare to other advanced technologies?
- Dermabrasion, where layers of the skin are actually sannded away.
- Chemical Peels use acid solutions to peel away layers of skin.
- Laser skin resurfacing works by exfoliating the protective outer layer of your skin, which may require bandages and a somewhat lengthy recovery period.
- IPL was designed to combat the effects of aging and to treat damaged skin in a softer and more gentle manner. It delivers precise amounts of light energy through your skin’s surface which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. As the new collagen and elastin form, they soften the appearance of aging skin (collegen plumps up the skin and elastin firms it). Fine lines and wrinkles are therefore decreased. Moreover, redness associated with rosacea would be dramatically reduced. Treatments are usally spaced at four weeks intervals.
How do IPL Photo Facial Rejuvenation Treatment Work?
While reclining on a treatment table with protective eye gear in place, you will be carefully coached as the following takes place: a cool, clear gel is applied to the area to be treated. A smooth crystal is gently placed in contact with the gel. Then, a flash of light lasting a few milliseconds is delivered to the skin. Once delivered, levels of energy specific to your treatment are absorbed by the targeted damaged area, with minimal risk to the surrounding tissue. This process is repeated with an overlapping method until the entire face has been treated. In the cases of irregular pigmentation, the light is absorbed by the pigmented area, which will go even darker over the next few hours. The area will look a bit dark for about a week. Then it will slough off, leaving clear, fresh new skin. In cases of facial veins, the energy is absorbed by the blood vessels. The energy is then transformed into heat, which causes a thermocoagulation of the blood vessels. The clogged vessel is then absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
How many treatment will you need for pigmentation?
In cases of hyper pigmentation, three to six treatments are usually needed, depending on the area and the condition of the skin.
How many treatment will you need for facial veins?
Multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Tiny pink and red vessels usually require two to three threatments to acheive acceptable results. Veins that are darker or purplish are usually more difficult to remove and therefore may require more treatment.
What results could you expect?
After one to two treatments, your skin will have a more even tone and smoother look and feel. Clients with rosacea will see a progressive decrease in redness with every treatment. Sunspots will start to fade and pores will become less apparent. Fine lines and wrinkles may soften over time. These improvements continue with each treatment. In order to achieve your treatment expectations, you will also receive detailed instructions to care for your skin at home.
Will the pigmentation spots, the red complexion or the veins return?
No, whatever is treated will never return. However, if your skin is prone to have pigmentation imbalances or facial veins, chances are that new ones will form over time. After all, IPL skin rejuvenation treatments improve previous skin damage. However, after the cure, the natural aging process will continue. That is why you should apply suncscreen on the treated area and avoid sun exposure. In addition, maintenance treatments are recommended in order to achieve optimal results.
What will recovery be like?
Post-treatment discomfort is almost nonexistent. Your skin may appear slightly more red or flushed than usual. This will fade within the first few hours to 48 hours after your treatment. Pigmentation will even out approximately ten days after the treatment. After blood vessel treatments, capillaries may seem to be more visible, but will slowly shrink in about three to ten days, leaving the skin looking younger with a more even toned complexion. Following any treatment, your skin may feel tender for several days. This is completely normal. It is very important to follow our skin care instructions during your treatment.
* IPL Acne Treatment
What is acne?
Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin, caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units. They consist of a sebaceous gland connected to a canal, called a follicle, which contains a fine hair. Cells called keratinocytes line the follicle. The sebaceous glands produce sebum, the oil that lubricates and protects our skin. As our skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with our skin’s natural oils, and are expelled onto the skin’s surface. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin.
For the majority of acne sufferers, the trouble begins when the body begins to produce male sex hormones called androgens. These increase in both boys and girls during puberty and cause the enlargement of the sebaceous glands.
When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum. In its journey up the follicle toward the surface, the sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. As we have seen with the normal pilosebaceous unit, this process is normal. However, in people with overactive sebaceous glads, thse cells are shed more rapidly. Mixed with surplus of sebum, dead skin cells form a plug in the follicle, preventing the skin from finishing its natural process of renewal. This clog can take the form of a white head or black head.
The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes is a regular resident of all skin types. It lives at the skin’s surface and in the follicles and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Since they feed on the sebum, excessive sebum production encourages their rapid multiplication. They then change the chemical composition of oils and secretions into extremely irritating fatty acid.
The bad news does not stop there. Contamination is the next step. In fact, these new substances, created by the chemcial reaction, have the ability to penetrate the follicle’s wall and contaminate other parts and canals of the internal layer of the skin. As this happens, the sebaceous gland of the clogged follicle continues to produce sebum, bacteria continue to multiply and the contaminated areas continue to spread. In simple terms, there arises an inflammation in the follicle and the surrounding skin.
What happends next? Well, …for every inflammation, there is an inflammatory response.
When your body encounters unwanted bacteria, it sends an army of while blood cells (our bodies’ paramedical team) to attack the intruders. The process called the inflammatory response, is what causes pimples to become red, swollen and painful. In this fight, many bacteria are destroyed and rejected as pus. If the general condition and the immunity defense are good and most importantly, if the skin was not touched or scratched, the pimple softens and disappears without leaving a trace.
Is it finally over? Unfortunately, not in all cases.
As you’ve just read, when tissue suffers an injury, the body rushes its repair kit to the injury site. Among the elements of the repair kit are white blood cells and an array of inflammatory molecules that have the task of repairing tissue and fighting infection. However, when their job is done they may leave a somewhat messy repair site in the form of fibrous scar tissue, or eroded tissue, especially in people who are susceptible to scarring. The result: an acne scar.
What should you do to prevent scarring?
Unfortunately, there is no miracle treatment to erase scars. The best cure is prevention. It is therefore crucial to treat acne early, as soon as the first signs appear. The more that inflammation can be prevented or moderated, the less likely you are to experience permanent damage to your skin. It is also important to continue the treatment even after pimples disappear in order to keep new blemishes away.
How does IPL treat acne?
IPL acne phototherapy is a revolutionary treatment that can clear moderate inflammatory acne without any side effects. It works by directing intense blue light to the treatment area to eliminate the bacteria that causes acne. The light causes the photodestruction of bacteria that cause acne without damaging any surrounding tissue. Moreover, this cure helps improve that appearance of acne scars, as the light energy delivered through your skin’s surface stimulates the production of new collagen beneath the scars. This treatment works well on all skin types (colors) and can treat any area of the body.
What are the best candidates for this treatment?
IPL treats inflamed, mild to moderate acne blemishes. If you have pultules, it would be better to do the Acne treatment Facial first and then proceed with the IPL sessions.
How many treatments will I need?
In general, one to eight sessions (one treatment every two weeks) are needed depending on the severity of your acne problem.
It is essential to follow this cure with a home regimen in order to maintain the results obtained by regulating your sebaceous secretions on a regular basis and in order to prevent or minimize scarring as muc as possible.