IPL for Capillaries
Our dermis contains extensive networks of arteries, veins and tiny blood vessels beds called capillaries. Over time, ageing, trauma, sun exposure and certain lifestyle factors will create damage, and they start appearing as small fine red veins on the face. Great news - IPL therapy can eliminate these blemishes and reduce their reappearance with maintenance treatments!
Immediate disappearance of small facial Telangiectasia – small vessels commonly referred to as 'spider veins' typically found on the side of the nose or upper cheek area may disappear immediately after the treatment. This will depend largely on the size (diameter) and depth of the vessel. As opposed to the side of the nose or upper cheek where vessels may disappear instantly or within a few days, the deeper, thicker vessels (spider veins) often found on the lower legs will take longer (many weeks in some cases) to resolve and typically darken and constrict subsequent to treatment. The pulsed light systems are NOT designed to treat large leg veins and typically will NOT resolve veins effectively which are greater that 2mm in diameter at greater than 2mm depths.
Although this is classified as a ‘no downtime’ treatment, slight bruising, redness and swelling are common and may last from 1-7 days. Some clients only experience a slight pinkness to the skin with no bruising at all, but to be safe allow 14 days prior to an important event (same as for pigmentation reduction).
IPL for Pigmentation
Pigmentation occurs when melanin (pigment) is produced excessively, or when it cannot be distributed through your epidermis evenly (due to other cellular factors). This results in dark patches frequently called age spots or sunspots. This issue is exacerbated by environmental factors such as sun damage, perfume, the use of artificial colours and dyes found in skincare and makeup, internal factors such as EFA deficiency, & medication use as well as post inflammatory pigmentation caused my trauma to the skin. Hormones can also influence pigment production, making it much harder to treat (IPL is usually not effective alone). Regardless of whether you intentionally spend time exposed to sunlight your homecare requirement is to wear a broad spectrum 15-30+ Sunscreen each and every day. We also can tailor make a ‘pigment puch’ serum to help control over excited melanocytes & improve skin quality.
Darkening of pigmented lesions may occur within a few minutes and/or up to a few hours subsequent to your IPL treatment. Clinically effective treatments will cause pigmented lesions to darken prior to drying out and sloughing off, which may take several days to two weeks. Fantastic for faces, necks, chests and back of hands! Turn back the clock and have clearer, brighter looking skin.
What is IPL?
IPL is a long standing & popular treatment at Verve for very good reason! We love using it to effectively assist treating vascular conditions such as broken capillaries or "spider veins" and the pigmentation spots or "age spots" caused by sun damage. IPL also stimulates the production of collagen, which plumps up the skin and gives you a fresher look, and refines or tightens large pores. Our fully trained, experienced therapists’ use Avalde, an Australian made, TGA approved machine. IPL utilises specific wavelengths of light to target various chromophores in the skin – the light energy converts into thermal energy to create a cellular change. It is highly effective for most healthy skin types.
You will be required to attend a FREE IPL Consultation and Test Patch with an IPL Technician (10-20 minutes). During this time your key concerns will be addressed and questions answered. It is required that a homecare regime minimum of a prescribed cleanser, moisturiser, SPF or mineral makeup is followed for 2 weeks before and after any IPL pigmentation or capillary treatment. We strongly advise against the use of supermarket, pharmacy and department store SPF, skincare and makeup following any IPL treatment. Ingredients such as fragrance, silicones, mineral oils, preservatives, essential oils, lanolin & artificial colours can create a myriad of issues including retention of heat, pimples & breakouts, enhance pigmentation, decrease healing & thus defeat the purpose of your IPL treatment. If you choose to proceed with such ingredients, do so at your own risk.
How does IPL work?
Intense Pulsed Light is a fast & easy treatment thatuses short blasts of a polychromatic, high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin's surface to absorb melanin (the dark pigment in your hair and skin) and haemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels). This light converts to heat, which damages the target cells without disrupting the skins surface.
We use a cooled glass applicator that is placed in contact with skin surface - the light pulses through it into the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated. Operator skill can also minimise pain, but you should expect discomfort at the very least. The traditional explanation of IPL is that it feels like "a rubber band snapping”. There is heat involved and it can be more uncomfortable than this metaphor indicates!
What can IPL treat?
- Flat, benign pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots and general pigmentation). We may request that you have a clearance from a Dr before some pigmentation treatments.
- Facial vascular lesions (spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries, diffuse redness, Poikiloderma)
- Uneven skin colouring/Sundamage
- Lax skin/fine lines
We offer a completely free skin consult, including a patch test, to ensure we are providing a suitable treatment for your skin concern.
It may be a contraindication to an IPL service if you have;
- tattoos on the area to be treated
- recent trauma such as sunburn, injury or another invasive skin treatment
- consistent solarium use
- history of seizures/epilepsy
- Dermatitis, eczema, psiorasis (although in some cases can be helpful)
- herpes within the treatment area
- active infections or open wounds (including acne)
- Keloid scarring
- Roaccutane use in the last 6-12 months
- very dark skin
- melasma (we have other fabulous options for this!)
- On medication (we have a list to check). There are a multitude of common drugs which can interfere with treatment. Steroids, antibiotics such as tetracyclines and analgesics like ibuprofen can make you more photosensitive.
- permanent fillers (injectables)
- diabetes (letter from Dr required)
- hormonal imbalances, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- It is recommended to wait at least 2 years after finishing chemotherapy, as chemo thins the skin and the immune system can be compromised. Treatment from pulsed light would be more likely to cause damage as the healing potential would be limited.
It can require between 1-4 visits to get the best results. Sometimes pre-preparation is required (especially for face treatments) to receive optimal results. This is because having pigmentation or capillary issues is indicative of an unhealthy cellular ecosystem lacking lipids, nutrients & water – we need to do a little work on rectifying some of that first before we use a high energy light based treatment that forces cellular change. Pigmentation clients MUST use a Verve recommeded SPF.
|IPL Pigment or Capillary Reduction Prices|
Back of Hands/Small Patches
|20min | 130|
Cheeks and Nose
|50min | 180|
Full Face or Decolletage
|50min | 245|
Full Face PLUS Neck & Decolletage
|70min | 305|
|IPL Collagen Rejuvenation Prices|
Full Face & Neck
|50min | 245|
Full Face, Neck & Decolletage
|70min | 305|
Neck & Decolletage
|40min | 215|