Laserplast
IPL treatments
True beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes

Intense pulsed light or IPL indicates a group of technologies which, unlike lasers, do not emit just one wavelength, but many wavelengths. By applying a filter to the light (called a cut-off), the operator can choose which wavelength can reach the skin. In this way it is possible to decide what depth to work at and which target to impact. The energy is then emitted in a series of impulses (the number and length of which can also be chosen by the operator), so that only targets in the dermis (melanin and blood vessels) are reached, and the epithelial surface is left undamaged. IPL can be used for treating facial capillaries, Acne Rosacea subtype I, sun spots and lentigo on the face and hands. The light emitted causes fragmentation of melanin and coagulation of blood vessels. However, part of the energy does spread into the tissue surrounding these targets and causes production of new collagen. This causes ‘photorejuvenation’ of the skin.

TYPE OF TREATMENT
Laser treatment
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
TECHNOLOGY USED
4th generation IPL, 3rd generation IPL, 2nd generation IPL
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
Around 20 minutes
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
4-5 (depending on the severity and extent of the problem)
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
30 – 40 days
TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
None
SIDE-EFFECTS (ALSO TEMPORARY)
Redness (for several hours), swelling for several days (if treatment has been carried out near the eyelids), rarely bruising (sometimes desirable) that lasts up to 1 week, rarely small scabs in the location of larger lentigines.
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
Avoid sun exposure and UV lamp exposure for 30 days before treatment, no antibiotics or tranquilisers, apply SPF 50+ sun protection for at least 15 days before the first treatment
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
 The same as those before treatment