WHAT IS LASER/IPL SKIN REJUNEVATION?
Our skin ages due to sun exposure and decreased production of collagen. The Ellipse treatments for sun damaged skin will help you keep a younger and fresher look.
The Ellipse Intense Pulse Light Skin Rejuvenation offers a solution for all the visible signs of aging caused by either sun damage such as brown spots (pigmentation) redness (thread veins) and uneven skin texture (collagen).
Laser skin rejuvenation is a non- invasive medaesthetic treatment designed to remove skin blemishes and stimulate increased production of collagen which works to improve overall appearance of the skin. These treatments are considered very safe, there are some skin rejuvenation side effects but you will find these are usually minimal and are easy to cope with.
HOW DOES IPL WORK?
IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light and it works by emitting a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at the hemoglobin ( the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or the melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots).
The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either the hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment.
These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rending them less visible.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT PERFORMED?
Before the treatment can be performed a consultation and patch test MUST be carried out. This is essential to ensure you are not currently receiving or under going any medical attention that could be contra-indicated to the treatment, and a patch test is to ensure that you don’t have a reverse reaction to the light energy that is being used.
Once that has been approved you can begin the treatment :-
* Firstly the skin is cleansed to ensure any make up is completely off and that no residue is on the skin.
* A thin layer of Coupling Gel is applied to the skin and this is used to guide the light into the skin.
* Protective eyewear will be provided
* The light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is placed on to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire face is treated.
* The gel is removed
* A soothing cooling mask is applied for 10 mins
* Aloe Vera is applied to cool and soothe the skin, followed by an SPF.
WHO IS SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT?
Treatments are most efficient in clients with light skin who are not sun tanned at the time of the treatment.
If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the age spots/ blood vessels and background colour of the skin is greater, making treatment easier.
However the Ellipse treatment has pre programmed settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.
HOW DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable, most clients myself included will describe the sensation as moderate and like a warm pin prick, no anaesthetics are required and many clients describe the treatment as practically pain free.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
It is difficult to predict the number of sessions required as it depends on the nature of the pigmentation to be treated, their size and the clients skin type and colour.
I would recommend a min of three treatments at 4 week intervals.
HOW LONG DOES EACH TREATMENT TAKE?
A full face treatment takes less than 20 minutes, you should see an improvement after the first treatment, but up to three treatments may be required.
DO I NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PECAUTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENTS?
The light that is used is completely safe it is however very important to avoid tanning whether that is in the form of natural sunlight, sunbeds or even self tanning products before and during the treatment.
Reason being your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective, the light energy is attracted to the pigment in the skin and the more apparent the contrast is the more effective the treatment.
False tan in the form that comes from a bottle or a spray gun, is not allowed as the light energy can not tell whether its a real tan or not and will still be attracted to the pigment which again would result in a poor result with a possibility of a burn. The reason that a burn is possible is too much energy would be drawn into the skin as there isn’t enough contrast between skin colour and pigmentation.
Apart from avoiding the sun and self tanning products during your treatment, no special care is necessary.
I would recommend clients with sensitive skin would benefit from applying a cold compress (a cold damp cloth) to the face immediately after treatment.
After the treatment avoid the sun for 30 days as your skin is photo sensitive and exposure to the sun can lead to more pigmentation, so even on those cloudy days when there seems to be no sign of sun the rays are still penetrating through ensure a minimum of SPF 30 is worn!!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if any of your questions remain unanswered.