Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) / Skin Rejuvenation Advanced (SRA)

How does it work?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) / Skin Rejuvenation Advanced (SRA) is a non-laser therapy involving highly concentrated and intense beams of light intermittently on the surface of skin. This therapy reduces the effects of aging, and is intended for the treatment of superficial benign pigmented and vascular lesions (i.e. age spots, sun spots, rosacea), thus smoothing out the skin’s tone and texture. IPL treatment provides a complete area treatment for a variety of body areas, such as the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms. The average number of treatments will depend upon your skin and the issues you wish to address, specifically, however a series of three treatments, generally 4 weeks apart is recommended.

Who is not a candidate?

Any person:

  • With a pacemaker or internal defibrillator

  • With current or history of cancer or pre-malignant moles

  • Who is pregnant or who is nursing

  • With an impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases (such as AIDS and HIV) or a person using immunosuppressive medication

  • With a history of skin disorders, keloids, abnormal wound healing

  • With a history of bleeding disorder

  • Using medications, herbs, food supplements, and vitamins known to induce photosensitivity to light exposure. *Requires spot treatment 24 hours in advance

  • Treated with accutane in the last 6 months

  • With facial laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last three months, if face is treated

  • With active sun exposure or UV light exposure (including tanning beds or self-tanning creams) within the last two weeks

  • With diseases which may be stimulated by light

  • *Persons with history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex, may still be treated following a prophylactic regime

Realistic Expectations

  • IPL may improve the appearance of photo-aged skin by clearing the superficial pigmented and vascular lesions. The degree of improvement and the number of sessions required varies in clients

  • Superficial pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots, age spots, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation usually respond well to treatment. Some resistant pigmented lesions may need a more aggressive treatment

  • Aged skin with pigmented and structural damage in the form of wrinkles may show a better general improvement when combining IPL treatment with the Sublime procedure

What to do before treatment?

  • Client should discontinue use of any irritant topical agents 48 hours prior to their treatment

  • The client should arrive for treatment with clean skin; there should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, deodorant, powder or bath/shower oil  present on the skin

  • Avoid skin irritation or skin tanning

  • *Treatment area must be shaved 24-48 hours prior to treatment

What can I expect after the treatment?

  • During the first two days following treatment, avoid hot baths, massages, etc. to prevent irritation to the treated site

  • If scabs appear, they should be kept soft with a lubricating ointment

  • Use high factor Sunscreen on the treated areas for at least one month post procedure. Tanning is not allowed during the course of the treatment. Tanning of any sorts may cause hyperpigmentation

Possible side effects after treatment?

  • Hypo- and hyper-pigmentation

  • Skin redness (Erythema)

  • Excessive swelling (edema)

  • Damage to natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn)

  • Scarring/Bruising

  • May damage hair follicle