IPL™ Photo Rejuvenation Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Intense Pulsed Light and how does it work?
Intense Pulsed Light or IPL works by penetrating the epidermis, or top layer of the skin with a specific wavelength of light that targets the dermis underneath where melanin, haemoglobin, and collagen reside. By leaving the surface layer of the skin undamaged the recovery time, associated with traditional laser treatments is significantly reduced.

Q. What’s involved in a Photo rejuvenation treatment?
Your Image by Laser consultant will ascertain the correct energy level for your skin type and concerns. This is done by doing a series of test shots until a change is seen. A layer of cold ultrasound gel will be applied to the skin and the treatment head then delivers pulses of light onto the skin one section at a time. After the desired skin reaction is observed the gel will be removed and the skin wiped over, followed by aloe vera gel and sunscreen.

Q. What will my skin look like straight after a treatment?
IPL Photorejuvenation treatments will result in some short term redness and inflammation of the skin. People with pigmentation, freckling or sun damage may notice some slightly darkened pigment or spots on those areas. With the epidermis intact, you can apply make-up to the area straight after a Photorejuvenation treatment if you wish.

Q. Is there any after care instructions that I should follow?
After undergoing Photorejuvenation therapy keep the treated area cool, minimise your exposure to the sun, wear a high protection sun block and avoid the use of exfoliators such as loofahs and scrubs. Your Image by Laser consultant will offer any ongoing advice, and instruction should you have any questions. A detailed information sheet will be given at the treatment time so you will know exactly what you should and shouldn't do.

Q. What skin conditions does IPL Photorejuvenation treat?
Photo rejuvenation is the ideal treatment for skin concernss such as: pigmentation, sun damage, broken capillaries, acne scarring, rosacea, redness, facial flushing and enlarged pores with some people seeing positive changes as soon as a week post treatment.

Q. How many treatments will I require?
For best results IPL Photorejuvenation typically consists of a minimum of four treatments performed at monthly intervals.

Q. How long does a session take? 
This will depend on your individual needs however treatment times will vary depending on the area and condition being treated. As a guide most treatments take 20 to 45 mins. 30 minutes is usually required to treat the full face area.

Q. How much does it cost?
Costs vary depending on the size of the treatment zone and the amount of time it will take to perform the treatment. Your Image by Laser consultant will discuss your individual requirements and expectations with you in a free consultation.