Face and body
Full Face + Neck
Full Face, Neck + Deck
1/2 Back + Shoulders
Hands + Fingers
Spot Treatment (per spot)
Before your treatment...
Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment
Apply a SPF 30+ sunscreen on the area to be treated, on the day
No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment this Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, & sun exposure
Some medications or supplements may increase your risk of bruising. Consult with your Doctor prior to treatment should you be concerned
Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)
Notify our clinic / salon with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment
Wear a daily sunblock (SPF 30+) at all times throughout the course of treatment
Avoid depilatory creams used within 7 days
Currently taking photo sensitive medications
Dermal fillers or muscle relaxants with 72 hours of your scheduled treatment day
Metal implants (artificial hip joints, hear valves, dental plates etc)
Roaccutane in the past 6 months
After your treatment...
The heat from the laser pulses may be slightly uncomfortable during & immediately following treatment. Laser Aide /ice packs can be applied after your treatment to reduce any discomfort
Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to prevent further sun damage
Bruising, redness and swelling are common and will resolve within 3-10 days (For Vascular treatments)
Avoid picking or scratching the treated area (For pigmentation removal).
Avoid heat – Spa baths, saunas, long hot showers, for 3-5 days.
Abstain from running, jogging, & lifting weights for approximately 5 days after treatment.
Because alcohol can cause vasodilation (widening of blood vessels), abstaining from alcohol for 5 days post treatment is recommended.
Avoid skin irritants (examples below) a 2-4days post-treatment Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, & waxing.
Notify your skin therapist of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling, etc.)
Consult with your Laser Therapist as to when to return to your normal skin care regimen
Frequently asked questions...
What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin. The selected light waves target chromophores (colour pigments) such as melanin in brown spots and freckles; and such as haemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen. IPL treats all conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface.
What is the difference between IPL and Laser?
Lasers have been used in surgery for years. The IPL is an adaptation of the laser, more suited to the beauty industry. The biggest difference between laser and IPL, as far as treatment is concerned, is the coverage. The laser beam is very narrow, only covering a small spot at a time, while IPL coverage is several times the area, and therefore treatments are much quicker.
Lasers produce light from one specific wavelength, or colour, for a very specific target. The light emitted from the IPL is composed of a spectrum of colours from different wavelengths, enabling selective photo-absorption (light absorption) to different targets. In other words, using the IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.
How does IPL skin rejuvenation work?
• Skin Tone and Re-texture • Pigmentation • Vascular Lesions • Acne & Rosacea
Skin Rejuvenation is also known as photo-rejuvenation – the non-invasive, non surgical face lift. The Intense Pulsed Light is absorbed by colour particles which are present in blood and in melanin. The IPL also treats the propionic-bacterium in acne and protein present in cells which produce collagen. Pigmentation marks slowly come to the skin’s surface and are shed naturally. Vascular lesions dissipate into the lymphatic system for excretion, just as bruises do. Enlarged pores, minor pitting and scarring diminish and fade. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened and may virtually disappear. Collagen & elastin production increases.
How often will I need treatments?
SKIN REJUVENATION It is difficult to predict the number of sessions required, as it depends on the nature of the lesions to be treated and their size, plus the client’s skin type, condition and colour. Some conditions may require maintenance treatments from time to time. This will be discussed during your consultation. Different types of skin rejuvenation require different numbers of treatments. The following is a guide only:
SKIN TONE & RE-TEXTURE Fine lines & wrinkles, enlarged pores, minor pitting & scarring. 2 to 4 treatments are usually recommended, at 4 to 6 week intervals.
VASCULAR LESIONS Facial redness, broken capillaries, spider veins. 5 to 6 treatments are usually recommended, at 4 weekly intervals.
PIGMENTATION MARKS Freckles, sun spots, flat birthmarks. 5 to 6 treatments are usually recommended, at 4 to 6 week intervals.
ROSACEA AND ACNE Results are profound, but these hormonal conditions may return. 2 to 6 treatments usually recommended, at 1 to 3 week intervals.
What happens at my appointment?
Consultation and Test Patch: Your first appointment will be a comprehensive consultation to answer all your questions and to check that there are no contra-indications to IPL treatments, such as medications which cause photo-sensitivity, and to ascertain the degree of recent sun or UV exposure on the area to be treated. The colour of your skin and the condition to be treated must be assessed, then a calculation is made to determine the appropriate setting. A patch test will be applied and we must wait to see the outcome. Some conditions only require a few minutes wait, while others will require a separate appointment of up to 48 hours after the test patch. It is very important to be honest about medications and your recent sun or UV exposure. Clients with photo-sensitivity problems may develop some adverse reactions such as blistering or mild burning sensations. Your first test patch flash will be set on a low setting in order to avoid this. The setting may be raised if appropriate.
Treatments: The treatment area is re-assessed, wiped with a mild antiseptic lotion to remove all traces of oils, etc., and ultrasound gel is then applied. Both the operator and the client will wear glasses to protect their eyes from the bright flashes of light, then treatment may commence. The flash light lamp at the head of the hand piece is held against the client’s skin and the intense light is pulsed at the trigger of a button. The lamp is moved to cover the entire area, with a minimum of 2 seconds between each flash. Once the treatment is completed the gel will be wiped off and a cooling gel will be applied, plus sun block where appropriate.
Is it painful?
Some treatments have little or no sensation at all, but for other treatments, clients may feel a slight sting, similar to the flick of a rubber band against your skin. It is certainly not unbearable, and we can always reduce the intensity if you feel the need. Immediately after some treatments you may feel a mild heat for a few minutes, or a couple of hours, but after most treatments you will feel next to nothing at all.
Can Dark Skins Be Treated?
Light produced by laser and by IPL is absorbed by the colour pigment, melanin, which is present in our hair and skin. Caution is required when treating people with dark skins, Asian skins and some other skins which tan very easily. Hyper-pigmentation or blanching of the skin is likely to occur if there is too much melanin present in the skin. It is possible to treat medium to medium/dark skins on a low intensity. The consultation process and a test patch, will determine whether each individual can be treated. Strict guidelines must be adhered to, when treating darker skinned people, using only low levels of intensity at each session, and therefore more treatments will be needed to achieve a result. Skins such as Negroid, Melanesian and some darker Indian skins are not treatable – for both skin rejuvenation and for hair removal. Electrolysis is an option for these people, but it too, must be administered with caution, on a low intensity, due to the possibility of hyperpigmentation or blanching.
How will I look after the treatment?
Immediate Response: In most cases there is no visible reaction and you would be expected to be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. However, IPL causes heat in the target tissues; therefore it is quite acceptable for the area to be slightly reddened immediately after treatment, but this would normally dissipate within half an hour. It is possible for the skin to appear slightly red for a couple of hours and up to 24 hours. If a reaction is visible after 48 hours it is imperative to contact your IPL operator for further advice. For those people concerned about wearing make-up immediately after treatment; provided there is no adverse reaction, (which is very rare), we can apply a mineral foundation to your face after your sun block. After hair removal treatments is also common to see a slight swelling at the mouth of each hair follicle, similar to goose bumps. This appearance should disappear within the same frame time as with reddening. Please note: In darker skinned people, these responses may be delayed for up to 24 hours.
Important Before Care:
Sun exposure and tanning: You can NOT be treated if you have had ultra violet (UV) exposure from the sun or sun beds within the past 2 weeks. Therefore prior to your treatments you must cover well with clothing and hats and sun block to prevent extra activity of the melanin cells in your skin. Melanin cells are responsible for tanning. Your tan slowly ‘wears off’ as those cells reach the surface of your skin in the normal skin- shedding activity, known as skin renewal. Fake tans stain the outer skin cells, and this colour will intensify the IPL heat at the surface of the skin, therefore we cannot treat with IPL for at least two to four weeks after a fake tan application.
Bleach or depilatory creams: These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.
AHA Creams, Glycolic or Salicylic Peels: These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.
Important After Care:
For 24 hours after each IPL treatment:
• No sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds
• Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
• No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams
• No very hot baths or showers – tepid water only
• No heat treatments e.g. sauna
• No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths
• No deodorant – if underarms treated
• No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotions, etc.
Long term After Care:
• Always wear a good sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
• Avoid excessive sun or UV exposure. Cover up and be sun-safe.
• Redness and swelling of the skin are normal. They are harmless effects which usually disappear within half an hour, but can occasionally be visible for two to thirty hours. Tightening of the skin can sometimes be felt for one or two days. In extreme cases blistering may occur, which heals in a few days. Cooling, healing gel or ice-packs should be applied frequently to alleviate discomfort. Treat this situation as you would for sun burn.
• Scabbing is possible after blistering. It is extremely important NOT to pick scabs off the skin, as they are protecting the underlying skin while it heals itself. If you pick a scab off, the healing process will stop and you could be left with little pock marks.
• If any signs of redness and swelling are still present after 48 hours of treatment, please contact the IPL operator for further advice. If your IPL operator cannot be contacted, a doctor, pharmacist or naturopath should be able to give you appropriate advice. In the mean time, treat as sun burn.
• Blanching or hyper-pigmentation will only occur if strict guidelines regarding settings for the different skin types and colours have not been adhered to; OR if the client has not disclosed all contra-indications, medications. or the full extent of their sun or UV exposure during the month prior to treatment. Usually blanching or hyper-pigmented scars will heal and fade over weeks or months, but in extreme cases, especially on darker skins, they could be permanent.