What is IPL (M22)?June 15, 2017
What is it?
IPL is an Intense Pulse Light source which is attracted to multiple different chromophores in the skin including pigmentation and blood vessels. IPL, unlike laser, also uses a multiple different wavelengths or penetration depths which allows us to treat multiple concerns in the one treatment.
Results to expect?
Patients can expect to see the darkening of pigment directly after the treatment, which can last several days post treatment. The darkening of the pigment will then naturally be exfoliated off over the next 2-4 weeks. Redness can also be experienced post treatment and can remain from 30 minutes – a couple of hours.
How does it work?
IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. The body’s natural skin repair mechanism then processes the damage, and is naturally removed from the skin.
How is it different to Deep Rejuvenation Laser Toning?
IPL and Deep Rejuvenation lasers are different. IPL is an Intense Pulse Light that treats using a full spectrum of light and different penetration depths and is targeted to multiple chromophores. Whilst the Deep Rejuvenation laser uses one specific wavelength of light to target only one chromophore.
What machines are used for this treatment?
At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we currently use the Lumenis M22.
How many do you need?
For optimal results we recommend 3-6 treatments.
Do you need maintenance, when and how often?
To ensure the best results, maintenance treatments can be recommended every 12 months if needed.
What does it treat?
Pigmentation (Sun-damage including solar lentigos) and diffused redness/ small blood vessels. (The treatment can also stimulate collagen; however we have other targeted alternatives for age concerns).
Pre and post care needed
Patients are required to be prepped on a pigmented inhibitor serum such as the SKINFIT Melanofade Serum and an SPF50 for two weeks prior to treatment. We also recommend our post laser lotion post treatment and no active ingredients for a minimum of 7 days.
Down time: The darkening of pigmentation and redness is experienced directly after the treatment. Redness is reduced within a few hours however the darkening of pigmented lesions can last up to 7-10 days post treatment.
Who is this good for and why
The M22 IPL is ideal for patients who have a lighter skin complexion and is looking for a multitasking treatment to reduce visible signs of redness and pigmentation.
What is the cost?
Cost starts from $250.