Why do I need a skin consultation prior to my first treatment?

This is to ensure the safest most efficient treatment possible for your skin concern. I will also do a test patch to ensure your skin does not react in an undesirable way to treatment. I will also ask you about any medications or medical issues that could prevent you from having a treatment. With some conditions we may still be able to go ahead with treatment. This is why the consultation process is so important.

Safety

Your safety and treatment efficacy is paramount. No risks are taken in regards to light based therapies. Please know that I am constantly updating my skills and completing ongoing training to ensure the treatments I offer are done so in the safest possible way.

Some reasons you may not be able to have an IPL treatment:

  • Sun exposure with in the last 14 days

  • Fake tan of any kind

  • Taking a photo sensitizing medication- prescription, over the counter and herbal

  • The use of mechanical epilation, waxed or tweezed in the last 4 weeks

  • A history of seizures of any kind

  • A history of keloid & hypertrophic scar formation

  • Any active infections/Immunosuppression

  • Open lesions in the areas to be treated

  • Herpes I or II – in the areas to be treated

  • The use of Tretinoin or Retin-A products within the last 2 weeks

  • Laser Resurfacing within the last 6 months

  • Chemical Peel within the last 2 weeks

  • Used Roaccutane within the last 6 months

  • Pregnant, or have hormonal imbalances or taking any medication which may affect treatment outcomes

  • Any chronic illness or medication that could effect treatment

In some cases a letter from your doctor or specialist may be required prior to commencing treatment.

Please be close shaven for all hair removal treatments, this will make the treatment a lot more comfortable for you. A shaving fee of $30 is applicable.

What can I expect after treatment?

 

Hair Removal

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is anticipated. This usually resolves within 2-3 hours of treatment but may persist for up to 2 days.

  • Appearance of “stubble” may appear in 1 to 3 weeks. This is not hair re-growth. It is the remnant of treated hairs being expelled from the IPL-damaged follicle. Allow this hair to fall out of the skin on its own or encourage with gentle exfoliation. Do not pluck or tweeze. You may shave during this period.

  • Application of chilled Aloe Vera gel or a cold compress every hour for 5 to10 minutes may be soothing to the skin. Continue until symptoms subside.

  • Avoid sun exposure to treated areas. Apply a sun block with SPF 30 or greater daily to sun-exposed treated areas between treatments and for 4-6 weeks after last treatment.

  • Bathe or shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Avoid use of extremely hot water, strongly scented lotions or soaps, prescription strength exfoliant creams, loofah sponges, and aggressive scrubbing to treated areas during healing phase.

  • Allow any blistered or open areas to heal spontaneously. If healing is delayed, a thin coating of antibiotic ointment may be advised. Do not pick at these areas. Picking may result in infection or scarring.

  • Allow any crusting to heal spontaneously, crusting will resolve in 3 to 14 days. • Best results are obtained on clients who have follow up treatment immediately after hair starts to grow. Your clinician will advise you when you should schedule your next appointment. It is important to adhere to this regime.

IPL FAQs

Pigmentation Treatment

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually last 2 to 24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 to 3 days. In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.

  • The treated area may initially look raised and/or darker with a reddened perimeter. Apply cool/ice compresses to treatment areas for 10 to 15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation.

  • The treated area will gradually turn darker over the next 24 to 48 hours. It may turn dark brown or even black.

  • The treated area will progress to scabs/crusting and will start flaking off in 2 to 3 days.

  • The treated area is usually healed in 7-10 days. It will continue to fade over the next 2 to 4 weeks.

  • Direct sunlight to the treated area should be avoided. Daily application of a SPF30 is recommended to prevent development of new lesions.

  • There is a possibility of hair loss in the treated area, when being treated for pigmented lesions.

Vascular Treatment

  • Mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. It usually lasts 2 to 24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 to 3 days. This can be treated with cold packs.

  • Apply cool/ice compress to treatment areas for 10 to15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation.

  • The treated area can be gently cleansed and topical hydrocortisone cream can be applied if needed.

  • A significant amount of swelling can be experienced post treatment. It is recommended not to lie flat to avoid the accumulation of swelling, and gentle, light massage can also assist in the movement of residual fluid. Swelling will typically subside in 2-3 days.

  • The vessels undergo immediate greying or blanching. In some cases, only a slight purplish change is noted. Vessels will partially resolve in about 10 to 14 days and areas of diffuse flushing gradually fade leaving skin with normal appearance.​

 

Acne Treatment

  • A mild warmth or sunburn-like sensation is expected. This can usually last from 1 to 24 hours.

  • Little to mild redness may be experienced but will subside quite quickly.

  • Minor dry, flaking skin may be experienced post treatment as lesions heal. Please do not pick or pull and allow the skin to heal spontaneously.

Skin Rejuvenation

  • Mild warmth or sunburn-like sensation is to be expected. This can last from a few hours to 24 hours post treatment.

  • Mild warmth or sunburn-like sensation is to be expected. This can last from a few hours to 24 hours post treatment.

  • Little to mild redness may be experienced, however will subside quite quickly.

  • Some minor dry or flaking skin may be experienced 1-3 days post treatment, Do not pick, keep skin well hydrated and allow skin to heal spontaneously. Gentle exfoliation may be performed 72 hours post treatment.


Until redness has completely resolved, avoid all of the following:

  • No active cosmetics on treated areas (including AHA/BHA’s, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and physical exfoliants)

  • No swimming, especially in pools with chemical/chlorine

  • No hot tubs and jacuzzis

  • No exercise or activities that cause excessive perspiration

  • Avoid sun exposure to treated areas

  • Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs as this will cause unwanted side effects

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