CONTRAINDICATIONS TO IPL TREATMENTS:
- Autoimmune diseases (HIV, MS, Hepatitis, Lupus, etc.)
- Dark birth marks
- Herpes Simplex
- Pregnancy/Breast Feeding
- Skin cancer/tumors or any other cancer or cancer drug therapy
CAUTIONS WITH IPL TREATMENTS:
- Blood coagulation problems/anti-coagulant medication
- History of keloid scarring
- Implants, prostheses, hearing aids
- Hypo pigmentation (Vitiligo)
- Any topical medication (Hydrocortisone)
- Surgical metal pins or plates under the tissue being treated
- Permanent make-up
- Tanned skin
- Using photosensitizing medications (St. John’s Wart, Using plant based products, Using Vitamin A and K)
- Scented products
- No sun exposure, use of tanning beds, or self-tanners for at least 4 weeks prior to and between IPL treatments.
- Do not use Retin-A, Differin or Glycolic Acid 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- No microdermabrasion or peels 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Don’t depilate with waxing, plucking, electrolysis or threading (shaving or depilatory creams are acceptable) before and between IPL treatments.
- Don’t use bleaching creams or perfumed products for 24-48 hours prior to treatment session.
- Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water or ocean immediately before an IPL treatment session.
- Avoid hot tub/Jacuzzi.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing when attending treatment sessions.
- Keep area clean and dry.
- Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water.
- Protect the skin from the sun with suitable clothing and use of sun block SPF 30+ before first treatment and between subsequent treatment sessions.
- Do not use Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin or Fish Oil 1 week prior to the treatment session.
- Shave the treatment area prior to your appointment
- Before your appointment – avoid any creams, perfumes, deodorants, etc. in the area being treated.
- Some redness and swelling in the area is normal after treatment and may feel similar to a sunburn. This usually lasts 5-10 minutes but can persist up to 24 hours. Mild swelling, tenderness/redness may accompany this, but it usually resolves in 2-3 days.
- Apply ice/gel packs to the treated area for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours as needed.
- Do not pick scabs, crusting or any lesions. The area treated is delicate and therefore must be treated with care. Use a mild cleanser. If crusting, or scabbing occurs use Polysporin cream not Ointment (contains salicylic acid). If you have open areas on your face don’t wear make-up on top to cover.
- Apply Aloe, Vitamin E gel, sunburn products or cool cloths as often as desired.
- Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and self-tanners. To avoid pigmentation it is vital to use sun block min. SPF 30+ and consider using a hat to protect facial areas and pants to protect legs from the sun.
- Shedding hairs – a few days after the redness has faded you may notice small brown dots. These are laser affected hairs. They can take up to 3 weeks to come out of the body. This is not a new hair growth but the treated hair being expelled from the skin. Hairs that were in the “resting phase” of growth at the time of the treatment will enter the active phase in 1-2 months, depending on the area. Shedding hairs can be removed using a dry face cloth or a razor.
**DON’T SHAVE FOR 48-72 HOURS AFTER THE TREATMENT**
- Avoid Glycolic or Retin-A products for one week after the treatment
- If you develop any areas that appear to be infected (red, oozing, painful) you need to let the clinic know and contact your doctor or go to emergency.
- Avoid touching the treated area.
- Avoid gym or workouts where you perspire – it will result in itchy, irritated skin.
- Don’t depilate between IPL treatments with waxing, plucking, threading or creams.
- Don’t use bleaching creams or perfumed products for 24-48 hours.
- Avoid very hot baths/showers/steam baths/sauna for 1 week.
- Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water for 1 week.
HOW IS IPL HAIR REMOVAL ACHIEVED?
First and foremost, the treated area must be shaved prior to the treatment. With a shaved surface an intense pulsed light is emitted, targeting the melanin in the follicle and weakening the dermal papilla which nourishes the follicle, resulting in thinner and lighter hair. With approximately 10-12 treatments hair reduction is achieved.
- For optimum results with IPL Hair Removal you must follow the following treatment intervals:
Face: 4-6 weeks
Body: 6-8 weeks
Generally it takes 8-12 treatments to see a noticeable result.
IPL PHOTO REJUVENATION:
Photo Rejuvenation is a no down time skin treatment which utilizes intense pulsed light to treat photo aging skin conditions such as lentigines, and it is proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- For optimum results with IPL Photo Rejuvenation it is recommended a series of 5-6 treatments in 2-3 week intervals, and with maintenance sessions once every 6 months.
IPL BENIGN PIGMENTED LESIONS:
IPL Benign Pigmented Lesions Treatment targets the melanin in the skin. The treated areas will darken, forming a crust which will slough off within 1 day to 3 weeks, depending on your skin type and severity of the treatment.
- For optimum results it is recommended 1-3 treatments at 1-2 week intervals.
IPL VASCULAR TREATMENT:
IPL Vascular Treatment targets the haemoglobin in superficial dilated capillaries and is coagulated and reabsorbed by the body, resulting in diffused redness.
- For optimum results with IPL Vascular Treatments it is recommended 1-3 treatments with 1-2 week intervals.
IPL ACNE TREATMENT:
IPL Acne Treatment is an intense pulsed light treatment utilized to reduce mild to moderate acne. This is achieved by the light heating and destroying the bacteria on the surface of the skin; it dries the lesions and coagulates blood flow into the blemish to reduce redness.
- For optimum results it is recommended 6-8 treatments with 1-2 week intervals.
Your Time Spa (Medical Spa) – Advanced Professional Spa Therapist