If you have been exploring cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your skin, chances are you would have come across IPL treatments. IPL, which is an acronym for Intense Pulsed Light, is also sometimes referred to as Broadband Light (BBL), and is an ideal option for those who are looking for a clearer, fresher complexion. Whether your issues are pigmentation, redness, broken capillaries or nose veins, IPL can help.
IPL in Sydney is a popular treatment option for many cosmetic patients, in part because it is quick and convenient. An IPL treatment session usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, and patients usually feel a slight stinging sensation, as though there are rubber bands hitting their skin. To combat any discomfort, some cosmetic clinics offer numbing cream and even laughing gas.
What are the overall benefits of IPL?
- IPL treatments are effective in the treatment and improvement of red splotches, brown spots, scarring, enlarged pores, and wrinkles, resulting in better overall skin texture, smoothness and quality.
- IPL treatments are also effective in treating rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma, age and sunspots, broken capillaries, spider veins, stretch marks, and other skin conditions.
- Because IPL treatments are a non-invasive procedure, they are quick and can be carried out in-house, with almost zero recovery time needed.
- IPL treatments can be used on any part of the body.
- IPL treatments generally produce long-lasting results.
What are the limitations of IPL?
- IPL is not as effective on very dark or tanned skin, in comparison to fair or paler complexions.
How are IPL treatments different from laser skin treatments?
They key difference between IPL treatments and laser skin treatments is the technology that is used – as its name suggests, IPL treatment uses light waves while laser treatment uses lasers.
While people sometimes confuse the two, and indeed there are overlaps in terms of the uses of these two types of technologies and how they work, it is important to note that they are not the same. Generally, laser skin treatment is more expensive than IPL treatment, and IPL treatment also carries a lower risk of abnormal healing or other complications.
What can I expect after undergoing IPL treatment?
While IPL treatments generally require little to no recovery time and patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately, you will notice the effects of the treatment on your skin.
Right after your treatment, you can expect to experience short-term redness, swelling and/or bruising, and any existing pigmentation and freckles may become darker and more obvious. Don’t worry, as these will fade and “flake” away over a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
If you have received IPL treatment on your upper cheeks, you may also experience temporary swelling under the eyes. All of these effects can be concealed with makeup however, and some clinics here in Sydney offer complimentary makeup services after your IPL treatment. You will be able to wear your regular makeup the following day.
How long will the results of my IPL treatment last?
With proper care and ongoing sun avoidance, the results of IPL treatment can last for quite a while. Cosmetic clinics in Sydney recommend using an SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis for at least the first month after your IPL treatment, although long-term, regular use of sunscreen is best. Your cosmetic practitioner might also recommend a home skincare regiment that you can follow for optimum maintenance.
For more on our IPL in Sydney and to discover if it is right for you, speak to one of our specialists today.