Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treats;
At Holdsworth House Dermatology we utilize premium Scandinavian Medical Ellipse Multiflex Plus and Nordlys light and laser platforms. These provide great treatment versatility to help us target and treat these conditions safely and effectively.
Intense pulsed light works in a similar way to laser but differs in being able to deliver a range of wavelengths (rather than a single wavelength), allowing multiple skin changes to be targeted and treated at the same time. By adjusting the wavelengths of light used along with the pulse duration and energy IPL can have a broad range of beneficial skin effects.
Our leading medical IPL devices have dual mode filtering and cutting edge sub-millisecond technology enhancing what can be achieved using IPL.
What happens during IPL treatment?
Anesthetic creams and injections reduce IPL benefits as they constrict blood vessels. You will be offered and can request analgesia for your laser treatment. If you plan to drive home after your treatment this will effect what we can offer you for pain relief.
You will wear safety eye wear during the procedure. A gel will be applied to skin being treated. IPL treatment will involve usually several passes of the IPL over the treatment areas and for best effects may be combined with laser treatment. This often gives a sensation like an elastic band slapping the skin combined with a warmth or heat sensation. Despite having your eyes protected you will see a flash of light due to light and laser travelling to the back of the eye through the skin. This is not dangerous but can be a little startling especially when having a treatment involving your face. You will be required to stay in the clinic for an extra 15min to cool and/or ice your skin.
After treatment a sunburn-like reaction is common and can last hours. Redness and swelling is also common. Scabbing or crusting can occur and age spots can darken before lifting off or fading. Blisters occur occasionally.