IPL Laser Treatments and services

 

 

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IPL Laser Hair Removal

Intense pulsed light hair removal is a new and advanced long-term hair removal method. A client sits or lies in a comfortable position, and then a technician glides a wand-like tool, or headpiece, over his or her skin. The headpiece emits a beam of specially filtered light, which is absorbed by the hair and converted to heat. This heat disintegrates the hair and disables the hair follicle.

Hair grows in cycles and many factors influence it's growth including age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism along with your hair's location, thickness and resilience. Only hair that is in its growing cycle will be destroyed at each treatment session. The number of hairs growing at any one time and the length of time between treatments varies, but generally we allow 2 to 6 weeks.

There is sometimes mild pain associated with laser treatments. This discomfort ranges in intensity and has been described from as mild as the snap of a rubber band, to the sensation of a hot pinprick.

There are two big differences between Laser and Intense Pulsed Light systems. One is in the area that can be treated in one go and the treatment speed. Generally IPL treatment heads are up to 8 times larger than the small spot produced by lasers and therefore treatments are much quicker.

The other difference is the wavelength of light produced. Lasers produce light with one specific wavelength whilst IPL uses an entire waveband. Different wavelengths penetrate the skin to different depths so using IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.

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IPL Photo Facial Rejuvenation

Both the pleasure and stresses of life, along with the simple passage of time, tend to cause our skin to appear older. IPL Photo rejuvenation is a treatment utilizing Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to effectively treat all skin imperfections. It is a non-invasive treatment that erases skin damage without disruption of the skin's surface, hence, no "downtime". It is the fastest growing aesthetic procedure in the Canada and the United States.

IPL supplies a broad spectrum of light that reaches deep down to the collagen level of the skin. IPL stimulates new collagen to form in the skin thereby reducing fine lines, minimizing pore size and acne scars, and increasing skin elasticity. Intense pulsed light also diminishes flushing or redness of the face associated with Rosacea, reduces brown and age spots, erases broken capillaries, and smoothes roughly textured skin. The short wave length light is used to rejuvenate skin of the face, neck, chest, arms or hands. After IPL therapy, it is especially important to wear sunscreen and a hat to avoid sun exposure and prevent discoloration or recurrence of sun damage, brown spots, and lines.

Photo rejuvenation provides long-term improvement of complexion and skin texture, with only the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle.

Indications for treatment:

  • Pigment Changes/Sun Damage or Aging Skin
  • Facial Veins and Redness or Flushing-Rosacea
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Unwanted Freckles
  • Post Face Lift
  • Post Laser Resurfacing
  • Mild Scarring
  • Irregular pigment and skin tone
With Photorejuvenation, you:
  • Return to usual activities immediately after treatment
  • Repeat the 30 minute treatment in a series of six to eight treatments, at two to four week intervals
  • Often combine with micro-dermabrasion and chemical peel

Treatment parameters can be customized according to your skin color, and the amount of flushing or pigmentation. For Photo rejuvenation, your entire face is treated each time. You gradually acquire a natural, pleasingly youthful rejuvenated look.

I have some unsightly sunspots on my hands. What can I do about them?
This is where Intense Pulsed Light systems are superior to lasers, as they can offer more than one type of treatment. Intense Pulsed Light utilizes a range of wave lengths [laser has only a single wavelength], which enables it to respond to hair color, small red blood vessels and pigmentation irregularities in the skin due to sun damage. The hand piece is placed on the skin over the sunspots or other pigmentation and a bright flash of light is released. This light is absorbed by the pigmented area, which will go even darker over the next few hours. The area will look a bit “dirty” or dark for about a week, then it will slough off leaving clear fresh new skin. Often only one treatment is necessary to create a stunning difference. This treatment is not only very effective for those aging, unsightly-looking sunspots on hands, but is excellent for irregular pigmentation on face, neck, etc...

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IPL Acne Treatment

IPL Acne phototherapy is a revolutionary treatment that can clear moderate inflammatory to eliminate P.acne, the bacteria that causes Acne .The light causes the photo destruction of the bacteria that causes acne without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. Moreover, this cure helps improve the appearance of acne scars for the light energy delivered through your skin' 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.

Who are the best candidates for this treatment?
IPL treats inflamed, moderate acne blemish. If you pustules, it would be better to do the acne treatment facial first and then proceed with IPL sessions .

How many treatments will you need?
In general, one to eight session (one treatment every 1 to 2 weeks) are needed, depending on the everity of your acne problem .This timing is an approximation, as every person is unique. 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 much as possible.

The treatment involves cleansing the skin to remove any makeup. Then a clear gel is applied to help the light penetrate the pimples. The light is then pulsed over the acne arena, and the sensation is of gentle warmth, or a mild pin-prick at its strongest levels. Extremely few people would consider the process 'painful'. After the treatment, the skin is wiped dry and sunscreen is applied. The person returns within 10 to 14 days until the acne is better. After remission is obtained, the individual can return as needed for single treatments (approx every four to eight weeks). As acne is a condition, it is not curable. However, with ongoing treatment and with or without pharmacologic treatments, it can be drastically improved.

Pre treatment:

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for the area to be treated a week or two before starting the treatment.
  • Come to the office a little early to wash off make up.
  • The treatment is done.

Post treatment:

  • do not apply makeup directly after the treatment, since the chemicals in the makeup may irritate your skin.
  • Avoid sun tanning until a week after the treatment.

No swimming pool, spa or other activities that may cause irritation for 48 hours following the treatment. do not exfoliate the treated area for 48 hours following the treatment.

Side effects are few and uncommon. Acne treatments may cause a temporary increase in the visible pimples when treatment is first started. It does clear up with subsequent treatment. The light can rarely cause a 'sun burn'-like effect with mild redness and rarely small blistering. Uncommonly, there can be a disturbance in the pigment of the skin. This type of disturbance is strongly associated with sun exposure. Rarely, people may have underlying health issues that cause their acne to be more resistant to treatment; therefore, an additional number of treatments or therapies may need to be added.

For more information, please book your personal consultation. We welcome your questions.

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Laser Veins Removal

A high percentage of people are bothered by the appearance of veins on their face, thighs, calves, and ankles. There is no longer any need to live with unsightly veins. The laser works by using its light energy, which is transferred into heat energy that collapses the selected vessel. Once eliminated, the vessels turns brown in color and the wastes are absorbed through the body's natural metabolism process.

Indications for Treatment:

  • Spider veins from .01-3.0 mm in size
  • Small red and blue veins
  • Rosacea
  • Leg and facial telangiectasia
  • Broken capillaries
  • Birth marks
  • Stretch marks

Laser Vein Removal Procedure:

A pulse of laser light feels like a small pinch or slight sting similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin.

About Veins

Telangiectasia vascular lesions may be:

  • Congenital
  • Part of the aging process
  • Result of overexposure to the sun
  • Result of using oral contraceptives
  • Result of estrogen therapy

Spider veins may be:

  • Caused by running
  • Result of pregnancy

Varicose veins may be:

  • Hormonal factors including puberty, pregnancy, menopause and use of birth control pills, estrogen or progesterone
  • Aging
  • Prolonged standing
  • Leg injury
  • Result of weight gain
  • Laser Vein Removal

Before and After Protocol

Before Treatment:

  • There should be no UV exposure for1 to 2 weeks
  • Do not drink any caffeine drinks before your appointment. Caffeine increases your pain level and may cause nervousness.
  • Do not take aspirin for seven days before the treatment, unless medically necessary as it will increase the risk of bruising.
  • You may take Advil or Tylenol if you think you will be sensitive to the treatment.
  • Sign the procedure consent form.
  • The laser technician will cleanse the treatment site.

After Treatment:

  • Do not stretch your skin in an effort to see what has been done.
  • Redness and/or mild swelling at the treatment site may occur.
  • If there are small scabs, they are important to your healing.
  • You may take Advil or Tylenol if you are uncomfortable.
  • Do not apply makeup, as it will disturb the treatment sites.
  • Do not use the sauna or hot tub for two weeks
  • The treatment feels like a warm, sharp rubber band snap.

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