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Laser Treatments

IPLHair RemovalTreatment of facial veinsPWS RemovalRosaceaPhotorejuvenationFraxel RF
IPL
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal is a safe, non-invasive treatment that permanently reduces the number of re-growing hairs. Light pulses are used to damage hair follicles thereby effecting their ability to grow hair.

When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anaesthesia or pain medication is typically required.

Hair Removal

How does IPL remove hair?

Highly controlled flashes of light are selectively absorbed by hair-filled follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle. All without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Can all hair be treated?

IPLs unique design offers you customised treatment according to your hair colour, texture and the location of body hair. Any hair with at least some pigment in it (black, brown, red and even blond) can be treated effectively.

Are there any possible side effects?

Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. On very rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically resolves quickly. Also, the skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure will minimise the risk of complications.
Following treatment, you can generally return to work and resume all regular activities immediately.

What kind of results should I expect?

Laser and IPL technology has been proven to created a permanent hair reduction in the number of regrowing hairs following each treatment in most skin types. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific kind of hair and skin. A customized laser hair removal treatment program will be designed for you along with an estimate of how many treatments you may need in order to meet your expectations.

Treatment of facial veins

Benign Vascular Lesions: Broken Veins and Capillaries

veinsThe face has an extensive network of veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Over time, aging, traumas, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle factors cause a number of them to break appearing as red streaks of blotches on the face. IPL therapy can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing virtually all traces of these unsightly blemishes.

Redness Caused by Broken Capillaries

Many people suffer from broken capillaries and diffuse erythema, that cause them social embarrassment. For both women and men, IPL can successfully treat dilated blood vessels without injuring the surrounding healthy skin.

PWS Removal
PWSPort wine stain (PWS): A mark on the skin that resembles port wine (porto) in its rich ruby red color. Due to an abnormal aggregation of capillaries, a port wine stain is a type of hemangioma. A port wine stain on the face is a sign of the Sturge-Weber syndrome.
Rosacea
Rosacea is a common rash, usually occurring on the face, which predominantly affects both middle-aged (age range 40 to 60 years old) and fair-skinned people. It is more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men. It is a chronic condition and, in any individual, the severity tends to come and go.

Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots (sometimes these may only be visible with a magnifying glass), often with a tendency to blush easily. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the eyes and eyelid.

Photorejuvenation

How is Photorejuvenation performed?

A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the fright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulse of light are applied. You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. An anaesthetic cream may be used, but is seldom required. Treatment is generally administered in a series of 4 to 6 sessions that provide excellent long-term results, minimal adverse effects and high satisfaction. Each treatment takes about twenty minutes.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?

Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of four to six treatment sessions may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments.

The procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk – and, it preserves the wonderful “no down time” feature that people appreciate so much.

How do other treatments compare to Photorejuvenation?

While there are lasers that treat telangiectasia and broken capillaries, other lasers that treat benign brown pigments and others yet that are used for resurfacing facial skin, no technology provides the long-term improvement of complexion and texture of the IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation program – all without the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle.

What conditions can Photorejuvenation treat?

Imperfections from Sun Damage and Photo-Aging.
Facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your well being and appearance, no matter how healthy and young you feel. IPL technology helps create smother-looking skin. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation. Treatment can be used effectively on the neck, chest, arms and hands.

Fraxel RF
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