IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light - it is not a laser.
A laser only emits one wavelength of light, whereas IPL uses intense light pulses with a broad range of wavelengths. Thus, IPL can be adjusted, tailoring the wavelengths of light to the treated condition and your natural skin tone.
Here at Beauty Essence, we use the Ellipse IPL system. Ellipse is a safe, effective and proven system that directs short, safe bursts of light from a handheld device onto the skin. It uses a patented ‘dual-mode filtering’ system, which removes all unnecessary and potentially harmful wavelengths of light.
IPL is an effective and safe treatment for:
permanent hair removal
rejuvenating the skin
removing vascular lesions (spider/thread veins, rosacea)
The Ellipse IPL system can successfully achieve permanent hair removal. After the first treatment, you will notice a reduction in hair density and finer and lighter regrowth. You’ll also love the fact that IPL doesn’t cause ingrown hairs.
Each treatment can take anywhere from 15 minutes (upper lip) to two hours (full leg), depending on the size of the area. We recommend repeated treatments at 3-6-week intervals (usually 6-12 treatments in total). For more information about IPL hair removal, read our IPL blog article.
IPL skin rejuvenation is a skincare procedure that improves the appearance of your skin, including areas of sun damage. The intense light pulses can destroy compounds that cause hyperpigmentation (including age spots, sunspots and melasma) and can even out skin tone.
IPL also stimulates collagen production in the skin (in cells called fibroblasts). Collagen tightens and smooths the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimise superficial acne scar tissue.
In addition, fibroblasts contribute to the production of hyaluronic acid, a substance that keeps the skin moisturised and contributes to a youthful appearance.
Although many clients experience visible improvements after just one treatment, we typically recommend 2–10 IPL sessions (spaced four weeks apart) for general skin rejuvenation. If treating severe skin damage or discolouration, you may need more.
Thread Vein Removal
IPL targets a compound found in the blood called oxyhaemoglobin. When the intense pulsed light raises the temperature of oxyhaemoglobin, it destroys the dilated capillaries close to the skin’s surface. Thus, reducing the appearance and redness in rosacea and removing thread veins. We recommend 2-10 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.
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