Pulsed Light Treatment
Prior to Intense Pulsed Light – IPL procedures, KEIT® experts will explain in details the treatment through this device and will clearly determine the achievable outcomes. It is important to determine a correct diagnosis of the problem to be treated. This is usually a simple procedure, but nevertheless it requires experienced specialists. Days before and after the IPL treatment, it is recommended to avoid prolonged sun exposure. In certain cases, it might be necessary to apply a fresh gel before the treatment, although modern devices have an integrated skin cooling system. The aesthetic doctor and the person undergoing the treatment must wear special protective eyewear during the whole IPL treatment session. The smooth glass surface of the handheld device is placed on the skin of the area to be treated. This device emits pulsed light impulses. The ideal candidates for IPL treatments are light - skinned people whose skin areas to be treated are darker, or whose hair is dark (in cases of depilation). Many dark - skinned people are not recommended to undergo such treatment because the results are not optimal. Any part of the body might be treated with IPL, in addition to the areas around the eyes and the genital organs.
IPL facial treatments
You can say adieu to acnes, small capillaries, wrinkles and adverse sun effects such as spots, hyper - pigmentation, etc. If the skin has lost former color, brightness and youthfulness due to smoking, sun exposure, hormonal factors, etc, then IPL is the right treatment to solve such aesthetic problems of face, neck and décolleté. In any case, it should be noted that dark - skinned people or people who got their skin tanned from direct sun exposure or tanning lamps are not the ideal candidates for this procedure. IPL is the modern equipment of aesthetic medicine which provides amazing results in skin treatments by eliminating unpleasant signs and giving an enhanced, bright and youthful aspect. The IPL facial treatment, which lasts about 30 minutes, takes advantage of the penetrating capability of the pulsed light rays deep into the skin layers. The small capillaries are hit, thus eliminating the red spots on the face and stimulating the collagen production which reduces the aging wrinkles and restores a bright and youthful look (see also the “Illustrative Video”). The procedure is not painful; it just provides a mild sensation of skin discomfort. The redness and slight swelling, which can occur in certain cases, disappear within short time. The results begin to gradually become visible after the treatment and reach the maximum in a few weeks.
Skin photo - rejuvenation
This term refers to the non - invasive treatment of skin blemishes caused by various factors, including aging. As a result of this treatment, skin becomes smoother, more uniform and regains its youthful appearance. The photo - rejuvenation is a safe treatment which aims to improve the signs of aging on face, neck, décolleté, arms and hands. For a complete cycle of treatment, usually 4 - 6 sessions in 3 weeks apart are required, each of them lasting 20 minutes. Most importantly, the treatment must be customized according to thes kin problems of each person and the overall health conditions of the organism.
After the IPL treatment, most people can immediately resume their daily activity. The treatment sessions through this modern equipment are painless as the flashes of light are only mildly felt on the skin. In fact, an increasing number of people undergo this treatment during lunch break and then return to work normally. During the first post-procedure hours, a mild skin irritation can occur, particularly in areas with dense hair. It is recommended to apply sunscreen after the treatment to protect the skin. Since the IPL treatment targets the deeper layers of the skin, it can be jointly performed with other treatments – such as the dermal ablation, peeling, Fraxel laser, etc – which target skin surface layers (epidermis).
It should be emphasized that the electrolysis is the only 100% effective method, clinically proven to finally eradicatethe hair. With this technique, the hair bulbs are neutralized one by one through a proper needle. This requires special preparation of the aesthetic expert and a lot of patienceas well by both the performing specialist and the person undergoing the treatment. Therefore, the electrolysis technique is quite expensive and requires a lot of time to be applied. To determine if a depilation method can be considered permanent, it is necessary to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the treatment. One year is a short period to make such an assessment, however, the majority of people who choose an IPL treatment would be happy if a single treatment session per year were sufficient. The objective of the IPL treatment is to destroy the melanin, thus causing thermal and mechanical damage to the hair bulbs, without affecting the skin or other surrounding tissues. However, the IPL depilation cannot eliminate all hair since it will continue to grow even after treatment, according to its regenerative cycle. After each session, hair falls off and is not regenerated for a relatively long period of time. After regeneration, new hair will grow thinner, weaker and less visible. On average, this regeneration will stop for 70 - 80% of hair in the treated areas after 4 - 6 treatment sessions. The final result is very nice and long - lasting.
The ideal candidates to undergo the IPL depilation are people with light skin and dark hair. The depilation through this device is not recommended to many dark - skinned people because the results are not optimal. Therefore, as a rule, hair must be darker than the surrounding skin. Each part of the body can be treated with IPL except for the area around the eyes and genitals organs. One session of this procedure is quick,for example 5 - 10 minutes are usually sufficient for armpit depilation, while a complete session of hair removal for larger areas requires on average of 20 - 30 minutes.
The side effects of IPL treatment are rare, mild and disappear within a short time. People undergoing the treatment may feel slight pain, while other side effects include skin redness, swelling, and in rare cases small blisters might be formed, especially in people with sensitive skin. Sometimes, the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged and consequently small white spots will develop on the skin. Such spots gradually disappear within a few days.
The IPL treatments are not indicated for:
- People suffering from various diseases such as epilepsy, severe heart problems, etc, people who have been implanted a pacemaker or cardioverter - defibrillator, people suffering from immunodeficiency diseases or treated with immunosuppressive drugs, people suffering from diabetes or endocrine diseases in advanced stages, blood coagulation problems, etc;
- People whose skinis sensitive to light (photosensitive) or have recently been on drugs such as tetracycline;
- People who are prone to develop large, cheloid cicatrices; people whose skin is very dry and weak;
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women;
- Dark - skinned people; or people who have been exposed to sun or tanning lamps two weeks prior to treatment;
- People with implanted prostheses or metal implants in the area to be treated;
- People with varicose veins, moles, scars, wounds, burns, eczema, herpes, or large dark spots on the skin area to be treated;
- People taking drugs that stimulate hair growth, such as Minoxidil;
- Skin areas covered with tattoos or permanent makeup.