Intense Pulsed Light can provide a long term solution to facial problems such as red flushing (Rosacea), Red Veins and red spots. You will be happy with the minimal downtime and in just a few quick and easy treatments you will notice an amazing improvement.
Both Intense Pulsed Light and Laser systems emit light which is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are re-absorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.
Most red skin lesions including facial Red Veins, rosacea, spider naevi, port wine stains are treated with Intense Pulsed Light, whereas leg veins up to 3mm in diameter are often treated with a laser.
For Intense Pulsed Light treatment a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to aid light absorption by the vessel. The light applicator is then placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area cooled. A similar process is carried out for laser treatment except the chilled gel is not required. During treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.
Treatment is suitable for most people, however best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and where there is less chance of side effects. The best response is seen with facial Red Veins, spider naevi and rosacea.
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.
After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolleté can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there is a chance a small blister may form and there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.
Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear up in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
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