IPL and Laser Skin Rejuvenation - Xodos Aesthetics Ltd

IPL and Laser Skin Rejuvenation

IPL and Laser Skin Rejuvenation

As the proud owners of the Lumenis M22TM multi-application system, a large range of skin conditions and treatments can be treated.

So what can be done?

Thread veins

Also known as spider veins, broken capillaries, spider naevi or the technical term telangiectasias. These are small veins that very commonly become visible on the skin, and progress as a sign of ageing. They are also associated with Rosacea and appear on the nose, cheeks and chin but are often caused by hormones, weight gain and loss, working in hot environments, sun damage and pregnancy.

IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments are used to collapse the walls of these tiny veins so blood is no longer able to flow through them, and they will eventually be reabsorbed into the body. Don’t worry though – we do not need all of these tiny vessels and they will not cause you any problems once they have been treated! They often disappear immediately during treatment, but sometimes take a few days to vanish, and may need 2-3 treatments for best long term results.

Pigmentation

Pigmentation appears due to ageing of the skin, in particular over- exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Using a good quality, physical barrier SPF (sun protection factor) can stop these forming, and prevent further damage, but very often the damage is already done before we realise that we should have done something about it!

Pigmentation can be very ageing – watch any Hollywood blockbuster, and the first thing the make up artists/CGI technicians will do to age someone is to mottle their skin tone, long before they start adding wrinkles, so this is a good place to start for rejuvenated skin.

Pigmentation spots can often be treated in 1-3 sessions of IPL, either as individual patch treatments or as a whole face treatment to even out skin tone and generally reduce pigmentation. Chemical Peels, homecare products and Oxygeneo treatments are also effective at reducing pigmentation and to even out skin tone, and we offer a full range of cosmeceutical products that are also designed to help.

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FAQ's

IPL is often described as feeling like the flick of a rubber band – the sensation is very quick, and generally well tolerated. Ice can be applied to the skin before and after treatment to sooth the skin, and Aloe Vera gel is applied immediately following the treatment.

It is very important that you have NO sun on your skin before or after your treatments. Unlike our laser hair removal, it is not possible to treat your skin if you have any tan on it at all (and this includes fake tan), as it will increase your likelihood of pain, burning and adverse reactions. It is very important that you are completely tan-free at the point of your treatment. You should avoid sun exposure, particularly strong exposure, for up to two weeks following treatment, and we always encourage people to avoid sun exposure on their faces anyway to reduce the chance of further skin damage. (Bear in mind most of the problems people come to us with are caused by the sun and UV rays in the first place!

Local redness and slight swelling is quite normal following an IPL treatment, but it tends to go down very quickly. Blisters, bruising and scabs are still considered ‘normal’ side effects, however it is very rare to see this, and as long as you have not had any sun exposure before your treatment, then it is very unlikely that you will have these side effects.

If you are having treatment for thread veins, it is possible for them to disappear immediately. Some take a few days. It is possible for some of them to reopen, so we always recommend a course of 3 for best long term results.

If you are having pigmentation treatments, the pigment will usually look darker initially, with some crustiness forming a couple of days later (not always, but it’s not uncommon). This then tends to break up as the body removes the pigment, with a fading of the area occurring.

For all skin treatments, some immediate results can be apparent, with gradual improvement occurring between treatments.

It is important to avoid the triggers of your skin condition to stop the problem returning – I.e. Sun exposure, spicy food or alcohol etc in the case of rosacea, etc.

IPL is a very safe, superficial treatment, with very little risk of any long term problems/scarring etc. However there are some circumstances where you would not be able to be treated.

Pregnancy – it is not possible to treat you with IPL if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Sun exposure – recent sun exposure, and particularly if you have current tan on your skin.

Fake tan – as this puts pigment on and into the surface of the skin you would not be able to be treated if you have fake tan products on your skin.

Sunbeds – we advise against the use of UV sun beds across the board – there is significant research to show that these are potentially very dangerous, by raising your chance of developing melanoma, so it is not something we want to see our clients using, and we would not treat your skin if you had used one in recent weeks, particularly if you have active tan on your skin.

Medications – some medications can cause increased photosensitivity (causing your skin to react more in the sun). If this is the case we would not be able to treat you until you have finished the medication and it is fully out of your system. In the case of Roaccutane, we would not be able to treat for at least 6 months following the last dose taken.

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0121 227 4111
Aston Wood Golf Club, Blake Street, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4EU
0121 227 4111 clinic@xodosltd.co.uk