Sydney is known for its gorgeous coastline and sun-drenched beaches. Unfortunately, all that sun exposure damages our skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles, texture and pigment irregularities, and age spots. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials can reverse sun damage and treat redness, broken capillaries, and facial veins to restore a radiant, youthful complexion.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL isn’t a laser treatment, even though it’s similar. Unlike lasers, which deliver a steady beam of a single wavelength to the skin, IPL treatments produce light of multiple wavelengths that is more scattered and less focused than a laser. Also, IPL treatments penetrate to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it causes less damage to your skin.
The red or brown pigmentation absorbs the light energy, which passes through the skin. That breaks up dark pigmentation and promotes the growth of new collagen and elastin for firmer skin. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance. Different wavelengths are used to target specific conditions in addition to hyperpigmentation.
Who Can Benefit From IPL?
Intense pulsed light gently, yet effectively, rejuvenates your skin with little to no downtime. IPL is ideal for patients bothered by:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage & hyperpigmentation
- Redness from acne and rosacea
- Broken capillaries or facial veins
Our experienced laser therapists adjust the wavelengths to address the specific condition bothering the patient. IPL treatments are effective on the face, hands, décolleté and shoulders to even out skin tone and color and promote smoother, more youthful-looking skin.
What Happens During an IPL Treatment?
It’s important to know that not all IPL machines have the same capabilities. We use the Sciton BBL™ (BroadBand Light), which is considered the best and most powerful IPL device on the market. We have 2 BBLs—our heavy hitter which can achieve the best results for difficult cases, along with a smaller machine.
Our therapists can apply a numbing cream before the procedure to help you remain comfortable. The pulses of light energy cause a sensation that most patients compare to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The treatment session lasts about 30 minutes and most patients see the best results after a series of 3 to 5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.
What Happens After an IPL Treatment?
Swelling and redness (similar to a sunburn) are common immediately after the treatment. These side effects typically resolve in a matter of hours. You should notice improvements over the course of several weeks. Results depend on your skin type, the number of treatments, and the area treated.
Because an IPL treatment isn’t invasive and is relatively gentle, there is no downtime after the procedure. Patients can immediately resume their normal daily activities. Be sure to protect your skin from the sun and use appropriate skincare products to prolong your results.
Choosing a Laser Therapist
IPL therapists can take years to really get to know their IPL machines and their capabilities. Experience is very important. Our clinic has been open since 2002 and our medical director has been using laser devices since 2000. We can’t stress enough the potential for different outcomes when the therapist or clinic is inexperienced with an IPL device. Other devices are easier to regulate and to get standard outcomes, but IPL is not due to the large range of settings required to achieve results for different skin types.
Get in Touch
Our Paddington cosmetic clinic serves patients from the Eastern Suburbs to Bondi and throughout the Greater Sydney area. You can book online, or call us at (02) 9331 5005 to schedule your appointment. You can review more IPL (BBL) Before and after results.