For IPL treatments in Sydney, look no further than Heber Davis. Our IPL treatments differ from those of our competitors in several ways, the most important being the level of professional expertise and experience that we have.
With more than 20 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, we are able to provide our clients with the best treatments, so you know that you will get nothing less than quality IPL treatments when you choose Heber Davis here in Sydney.
What are the benefits of IPL treatment?
Broadband Light is an ideal treatment for those looking for a clearer, fresher complexion that has less pigmentation, redness, broken capillaries or nose veins.
What’s involved in IPL treatment?
Broadband Light treatment usually consists of one 30 to 45 minute session. It will feel like rubber bands are hitting your skin. Numbing cream and laughing gas are available for your comfort and convenience.
What’s recovery like with IPL treatment?
When you recover, there will be a possibility of short-term redness, swelling and/or bruising. Your pigmentation will darken. Our skilled makeup artists will happily apply complimentary makeup to your skin after your treatment is finished. You will be able to wear your regular makeup the next day.
What is the cost of IPL treatment?
Prices for IPL treatment start at $250 (Medicare rebates may apply).
Broadband Light (BBL) is an advanced IPL system. It delivers pulses of light to your skin, destroying unwanted pigmented lesions such as age spots and freckles. Your surrounding skin will not be damaged in the process.
IPL is a non-invasive procedure that is suitable for both your face and body, leaving you with clear skin and a more even skin tone.
Broadband Light spans a broader spectrum of light than traditional IPL. This allows for more precise treatment and greater flexibility in the range of conditions treated, including both red and brown blemishes.
Regular treatments with Broadband Light have been shown to delay skin aging. Read more about these benefits.
IPL treatment delivers short pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the high concentration of melanin that is found within pigmentation and freckles. The rapid absorption of light energy will heat the melanin, causing the destruction of the melanin-rich cells. There will also be eventual fading of your pigmentation or freckles.
What do pigmentation and freckle treatments involve?
You will first be seen by a doctor who will review your medial history to confirm your suitability for this treatment. Your doctor will also discuss your concerns, photograph the area to be treated, and work with you to figure out the best pigmentation and freckle treatment for you.
You will be shown before and after photos of other patients’ outcomes, as well as photos of what you can expect to look like immediately after your IPL treatment.
Your doctor will perform your IPL treatment, which is a non-invasive procedure. The IPL treatment will feel like a series of quick stings, similar to a rubber band flicking your skin.
During the IPL treatment you will be asked to wear dark glasses to shield your eyes.
The BBL is fitted with a cooling plate that will protect your skin. It will also reduce discomfort as pulses of light are directed at unwanted freckles and pigmentation in your skin. A soothing layer of chilled gel will be applied to your treatment area. The light applicator will be placed on your skin and a short pulse of light will be released. The applicator will then be moved to the neighbouring area and the process will be repeated until the entire area is treated.
You may experience a sensation of heat following each pulse. You will be offered an ice pack if needed to help reduce the sensation.
What should I expect after BBL treatment?
Immediately following the BBL treatment, your pigmentation and freckles will darken, and they may appear more obvious before fading and ‘flaking’ away over a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
Short-term redness and sensitivity may develop in the surrounding skin, and temporary swelling under the eyes may be experienced after you have received treatment on your upper cheeks. Makeup may be worn immediately. Read more about post procedural care.
Is IPL treatment painful?
Our professional pigmentation and freckle treatments are quick. They typically do not last more than a few minutes. While you will experience a definite sensation, most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable. In most cases, no anaesthesia is needed. We will provide you with numbing cream and/or laughing gas if required.
How many IPL treatments will I need?
One to two IPL treatments that are a month apart will usually be enough to eliminate the majority of your freckles and pigmented blemishes, though more extensive or resistant conditions may require a course of IPL treatments for best results.
How long will IPL treatment results last?
Results can last for a while with proper care and ongoing sun avoidance. You should use an SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis for at least the first month after your IPL treatment, though lifelong use of sunscreen is ideal. Your doctor may recommend that you follow a home skincare regimen so you can maintain your improved appearance.
Am I suitable for pigmentation and freckle treatments?
Most people are suitable for pigmentation and freckle treatments, with the exception of those with exceptionally dark skin or those who are darkly tanned. Pigmentation and freckle treatments are best performed when skin is at its palest. Superficial pigmentation such as that caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles show the best results.
There are certain types of pigmentation that are not suitable for this treatment. These conditions include some birthmarks, moles, malignancies, and melisma.
Pigmented spots that are thickened, rough, or raised above the surface of your skin may respond better to treatment using the Erbium laser. Marks or moles that are unevenly coloured, black, raised, thickened, itchy, bleeding, have grown, or changed shape or colour are not suitable for treatment. These conditions should be reviewed by a dermatologist.
Other contraindications to IPL treatment include:
- While no specific complications are anticipated, we prefer not to use lasers or IPL/BBL machines on pregnant patients.
- Presence of active cold sores or other infections in the areas to be treated.
- Moles or suspicious lesions as described above.
- Use of Roaccutane in the past 12 months as it can compromise healing.
- Recent tanning, either natural or artificial, can interfere with the absorption of light into pigment.
- Seizure disorders that are triggered by light.
The following conditions may require additional precautions:
- Medication that is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight, such as tetracycline antibiotics, phenothiazine tranquillisers or gold treatment therapy.
- A history of cold sores in the area to be treated. Anti-viral medication may need to be prescribed before treatment.
- Taking anticoagulants (blood thinners) may predispose you to bruising.
- A history of keloid or abnormal scarring, vitiligo, connective tissue disease, auto immune disease, or immunosuppression may be contraindications for treatment. Your suitability for IPL treatment will be assessed at your initial consultation.
- Poorly controlled diabetes may compromise your ability to heal after IPL treatment.
Possible side effects and complications:
BBL treatments are intended to be gentle and safe. However, the possibility of complications cannot be entirely eliminated whenever a skin procedure is performed. You will be shown photos of these side effects during your consultation.
- Prolonged redness and swelling, blistering, crusting or flaking, bruising, and infection are risks with any laser or IPL/BBL treatment.
- While pigment changes will most often be temporary, the risk of permanence cannot be eliminated.
- Scarring, though rare, can occur following any skin treatment.
- Protective eyewear/shields must be worn throughout the treatment session to avoid sustaining eye damage.
- Treatment near the eyebrows carries a small risk that eyebrow hair may be affected. In this case, your hair may take several months to regrow and the possibility of permanent loss cannot be completely eliminated.
- “Patterning” of the skin. This reflects a demarcation between treated and untreated areas. These areas will be easily blended at your follow up visit.
Allow advanced IPL treatment to solve your pigmentation issues. Broadband Light is the perfect solution when it comes to treating your freckles, spots, and other pigmentation problems. Here in Sydney, Heber Davis is the best cosmetic clinic when it comes to IPL treatment, which will make you look and feel young again.