How does it work?
Bursts of light at different wave lengths are delivered to the treatment area of the skin at preset lengths of time,
calculated in milliseconds and called “pulse duration”.The light is delivered by a hand piece connected to the
main device and adequately fitted with filters and focusing optics. The light penetrates the skin, is absorbed by
the haemoglobin contained in the superficial blood vessels and/or the water present in surrounding tissues,
turned into heat and conducted to the target area. Neck, face and nose redness, telangiectasias, rosacea,
red blotches, old age lentigos, and more generally all conditions connected with the unusual dilation of superficial
blood vessels, can be efficiently treated using “IPL” devices...
The immediate or progressive photo-coagulation of the superficial blood vessels provides visible and spectacular
results and a drastic improvement of the skin appearance in just a few sessions. The skin pigmentation of each
individual is determined by its melanin concentration. Although mostly homogeneous during young age, later in
life due in particular to years of radiations, darker spots tend to appear on the face, forearms, hands or elsewhere.
Cells in different locations will store up large quantities of melanin and create what is commonly known as
“solar lentigos” or “old age lentigos”. Intense Pulsed Light correctly applied, using reliable devices, is able in just a
few sessions to destroy these localized accumulations of melanin and return skin to a more youthful appearance…
What is the procedure? No special preparation is needed before undergoing an “IPL” photolifting® or skin rejuvenation treatment, beside
thorough and gentle cleansing of the target area. The practitioner for certain treatments might ask client/patient to apply a particular cream during a few days prior
to the session to enhance treatment results. A gel is applied onto the skin in the treatment area. This gel will act
as a refracting agent, directing and concentrating the light beam to the target. After deciding on the starting point
of his treatment, the practitioner gently rests the quartz lens of the hand piece onto the skin and flashes a first
“pulse”. He then moves the quartz to the next spot and so on until treatment is completed.
How many treatments are needed? This depends on the client/patient cmplexion and skin condition. A few examples:
Old age lentigos 1 to 2 sessions
Face, neck & nose redness 2 to 3 sessions
Telangiectasias 3 to 4 sessions
Rosacea, red blotches 3 to 4 sessions
Signs of acne 3 to 4 sessions
How long does one session last? Depending on the size of the area treated and the extent of the problem, each session may last from
15 to 30 minutes at most.
Does it hurt?
Sensitivity to light treatment varies from one individual to the other as each of us obviously has his own level of
pain tolerance. The practitioner and client/patient may decide together to apply a topical anesthetic preparation
15 minutes before the session to help slightly numb the skin in the treatment area.
Are there any undesiteable side effects?
The vast majority of clients/patients do not experience any kind of side effect. Most of them can resume work just
after completing their session. Depending on the client/patient skin type, the category and area of treatment and
the energy used in order to maximize results, some overheating and even stinging of the skin surface may occur.
The feeling may last for 15/20 minutes or so after the session is over. Redness of the skin may last for an other hour
or so and fade away gradually. In rare occasion, some scarring and hyper or depigmentation may occur which will
slowly disappear in a matter of weeks.
What should be done after treatment?
Never expose the treated area directly to the sun during the 2 weeks following the session. If you have to be under
the sun anyway, use the strongest possible sun block. Failing to follow this advice may result in serious hyper or
depigmentation of the treated area. The practitioner may advice on the topical application of a specially formulated
cream according to the type of treatment undergone.
Does IPL photolifting® work on me?
Most people can safely and successfully expose their skin to “IPL” photo-lifting and skin rejuvenation treatments.
Nevertheless, people who have a history of skin sensitivity to light or light -based treatments, or scarring problems,
people with skin infections of the treatment area should refrain from seeking any kind of light-based treatment.
Dark or recently tanned skin, may not be suitable for treatment. Practitioner should determine if the device he is
using is fit for photo-lifting and skin rejuvenation treatment of darker skin.