Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

This is an effective treatment for facial thread veins, red spots, rosacea, spider naevi and port wine stains.

How does the treatment work?

Intense Pulsed Light systems emit light which is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

How is the treatment carried out?

A thin layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin. The light applicator is then placed on the skin and a short pulse is released. The process is then repeated over each area to be treated. The gel is then removed and the area cooled.  Protective ear wear will be provided to wear during the treatment.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia. The treatment is actually quite quick and is often described as a very quick hot pin prick.

Are there any side effects?

After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely some delicate areas such as the cheeks or décolleté may be red and swollen for up to 48hours.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatment typically takes between 15 to 45 minutes depending of the size of the area treated.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 2 to 3 treatments are needed for optimum results, though small lesions may clear in a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 – 6 weeks.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation and have a medical history taken. A consent form will then need to be signed and a patch test carried out.