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IPL Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation

at Omniya Clinic in London

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, commonly referred to as IPL photofacial, is a skin rejuvenation technique that utilises high-intensity light pulses to address a variety of skin concerns and conditions. This advanced treatment is excellent for treating rosacea, thread veins, spider veins, pigmentation, sun spots, and other signs of ageing. Our IPL treatment is designed to rejuvenate and improve your skin tone, helping you achieve a radiant and youthful appearance.

IPL treatment at Omniya Clinic in Knightsbridge, London
IPL treatment at Omniya Clinic in Knightsbridge, London

What is IPL Treatment?

IPL treatment is a gentle, safe, and effective method that uses ‘broad-spectrum’ light to target specific pigments in your skin without the need for invasive procedures. Unlike lasers, which use a single wavelength of light, IPL technology employs broad, high-intensity pulses of visible light, similar to a photo flash. These wavelengths penetrate just below the skin to the dermis, targeting specific chromophores (molecules that absorb light), such as melanin in pigmented lesions and haemoglobin in vascular lesions, while stimulating collagen production. These actions produce incredible results for problematic areas.

What Are The Benefits of IPL Treatment?

IPL treatments can help different skin types by adjusting intensity and wavelength, effectively treating various skin conditions:

Reduces Pigmentation
Targets sunspots, freckles, age spots, and other pigmentation issues.

Minimises Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Stimulates collagen production to diminish signs of ageing.

Reduces Redness and Inflammation
Targets skin redness and inflammation, improving acne marks and rosacea.

Targets Red Pigments in Veins
Fades spider veins and thread veins, enhancing skin clarity.

 

Before and after

*Images courtesy of The Lynton Clinic, Cheadle

Omniya Clnic Treatment Room

IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment at Omniya

Our IPL treatment uses advanced technology from Lynton, a leading UK-based company with a team of doctors, scientists, and aestheticians. Lynton was awarded ‘Best Manufacturer in the UK 2019’ and supplies the NHS. 

Omniya has invested in a broad suite of top-quality devices to target and treat the most prevalent concerns. Our technology selection follows thorough research, assessment, and qualitative checks, ensuring we offer the best treatments by selecting the most effective and suitable technology for each concern, timescale, and budget.

We offer a free consultation with one of our skin specialists to discuss your concerns, assess your skin type, and determine the best treatment for you.

Overview of IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

varies per patient

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Procedure time

From 30 minutes

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Treatment price

From £250

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Number of sessions

3-6 sessions

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Duration of results

2-4 weeks

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Downtime

None

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Back to work

Immediately

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Timeframe for results

6 months+

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Immediately after treatment

Skin can appear mild-severe red depending if treating a full area or a small area. It will feel sunburned which is normal and will settle up to 48 hours. Slight swelling can occur which is also normal and will subside.

Treatments performed by

Raluca Baias

Raluca Baias

Lead Aesthetician

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Virma Schwarz

Virma Schwarz

Senior Aesthetician

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Joanna Paluch

Joanna Paluch

Senior Aesthetician

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IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment FAQs

Is IPL Treatment Painful?

The treatment is not painful, and the sensation is often described as a ‘mild pinging’ or ‘rubber band snap’ during the light pulses. Cooling mechanisms and numbing creams are available to minimise discomfort if desired.

What Should I Do to Prepare for an IPL Treatment?

During your initial consultation, your aesthetician will review your complete medical history, including medications and any skin conditions or sensitivities. If suitable, you will have a patch test to ensure no adverse reactions. Pre-treatment instructions typically include:

  • Avoiding sun exposure, direct sunlight, and tanning beds for at least 4 weeks, and using SPF 30 (or higher) daily.
  • Avoiding medications that increase photosensitivity, such as antibiotics and isotretinoin (Accutane).
  • No self-tanning products for at least 2 weeks.
  • Stopping retinoids and exfoliants at least 1 week prior.
  • Avoiding waxing and chemical peels for at least 2 weeks.

You will be advised to arrive at the clinic without makeup, lotion, perfume, or skincare products, in comfortable clothing, and well-hydrated.

Can IPL Photofacial Be Used to Treat Rosacea?

Yes, IPL can effectively treat rosacea, including persistent redness and flushing, by targeting haemoglobin in the blood vessels and reducing inflammation. It also stimulates collagen production, improving skin firmness and resilience.

Can IPL Treatments Treat Hyperpigmentation?

Yes, IPL can effectively treat hyperpigmentation by targeting and breaking down excess melanin, helping to reduce and remove hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and age spots.

Is There Any Special Post-Treatment Care Required After IPL?

Post-treatment care generally includes avoiding sun exposure, applying a broad-spectrum moisturiser (SPF 30 and above), moisturising gently, avoiding heat and sweat for at least 48 hours, gently cleansing the skin for at least a week, avoiding irritating products, and not wearing makeup for at least 24 hours. Consult your skin specialist for specific post-care instructions tailored to you.

How Soon Can I Wear Makeup After an IPL Treatment?

You should avoid wearing makeup on the treated areas for at least 24 hours after your treatment. If necessary, use mineral-based makeup to reduce the chance of irritation.

Can IPL Treatments Help with Spider Veins?

Yes, IPL can help reduce spider veins, particularly on the face. Success depends on factors such as the size, colour, patient’s skin type, and location of the veins.

Is There Anyone Who Should Avoid IPL Treatments?

Contraindications include pregnancy, photosensitive medications, severe skin conditions, recently tanned skin, dark skin tones, keloid scarring, herpes simplex virus, certain medical conditions, recent laser or chemical peels, and tattoos or semi-permanent makeup. Your skin specialist can recommend alternative treatments if IPL is not suitable for you.

Can IPL Be Combined with Other Treatments?

Yes, IPL can be effectively combined with other treatments to enhance skin rejuvenation or address multiple concerns simultaneously. Common combination treatments include:

  • Chemical Peels: Improve skin texture, tone, and clarity.
  • Microdermabrasion: Removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, allowing IPL to penetrate more effectively.
  • Microneedling: Creates controlled micro-injuries to stimulate collagen production.
  • Laser Treatments: Such as fractional lasers, to address deeper wrinkles and scars.
  • Botox and Dermal Fillers: Reduce wrinkles and restore lost volume.
  • Radiofrequency (RF): Uses RF energy to heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin.
  • LED Light Therapy: Follows IPL treatment to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Combining IPL with these treatments provides comprehensive skin care solutions, enhancing overall results and addressing a wider range of skin concerns.

Does IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment Remove Hair?

Our IPL treatment focuses on skin rejuvenation and does not remove hair. For effective hair removal, we offer laser hair removal treatments using the Cynosure Elite IQ machine.

Does IPL Work?

Yes, IPL therapy effectively treats various skin conditions, including hair removal, pigmentation correction, and skin rejuvenation. The effectiveness of IPL is well-supported by clinical studies and dermatological evidence. Individual results may vary based on skin type, condition severity, and adherence to treatment protocols.

Is IPL Safe During Pregnancy?

There is a lack of definitive studies on the safety of IPL during pregnancy. At Omniya Clinic, we do not perform IPL treatments during pregnancy due to the absence of concrete evidence.

How Often Should I Have IPL Treatments and How Long Do They Last?

The frequency of IPL treatments and their duration of effectiveness vary based on the condition being treated, the patient’s skin type, and their response to the therapy. Generally, a series of 3 to 6 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart is recommended for the initial treatment phase. Maintenance treatments may be required every 6 to 12 months, depending on the skin’s response and exposure to factors such as sun exposure.

Can I Get IPL Treatments in the Summer?

Yes, but careful precautions are necessary to avoid complications. These include minimising sun exposure before and after treatments, using high-SPF sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and following your skin specialist’s advice to ensure safe and effective results.

Will IPL Work on Tanned Skin?

If you have recently tanned skin, it is best to wait until your tan fades before undergoing IPL therapy. IPL on tanned skin poses a higher risk of side effects and may be less effective due to increased melanin. Avoid tanning before your treatment, and discuss your sun exposure openly with your skin specialist.

What Are the Alternatives to IPL Treatment?

IPL treats a wide range of concerns, and several effective alternatives are available. At Omniya, we offer a variety of treatments to suit different skin needs and goals:

  • BBL Treatment: Uses advanced technology to address pigmentation, vascular lesions, and skin laxity.
  • Chemical Peels: Exfoliate the skin to improve texture and reduce pigmentation.
  • Microdermabrasion: Gently removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, improving superficial acne scars, discolouration, and dull complexion.
  • Microneedling: Creates micro-injuries to stimulate collagen production, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.
  • Fractional Laser: Targets specific areas to reduce visible veins, improve skin texture, and address pigmentation issues.

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