Most of us experience acne to some extent during our lives. For many people it is a short-term annoyance, but others develop more long-term and more severe acne. Acne occurs when one of the skin's natural oils (sebum) is unable to leave the skin because the hair follicle is blocked. This may result in a blackhead, or a whitehead, and can lead to the growth of bacteria below the surface of the skin. Inflammation can occur, and the rupture of an inflamed area can lead to scarring. Medication can help to reduce acne, but the AW3® procedure in combination with prescription medication has been clinically proven to accelerate the healing process for acne.
How does IPL Photofacial work?
The science behind light-based treatments is simple, although most patients may find it confusing the first time. IPL photofacial utilizes the body’s natural healing processes to create significant changes to the targeted area. The laser technology emits quick pulses of intense light to the targeted area. IPL is the preferred type of photofacial because it uses a broad-spectrum light source, making it an applicable treatment for a variety of skin problems, including acne, age spots, rosacea, acne scars, and more.
Unlike the typical laser procedure which utilizes just a single light wavelength, IPL treatment releases a set of different pulsed light wavelengths, similar to the flash of a photo. This makes the pulses less focused and more scattered than what you would achieve with typical laser devices. Scattered intense pulsed light can penetrate to deeper layers of the skin beneath acne and fine lines without causing damage to the top layer.
When the pulses touch the skin, the energy is absorbed by pigment cells and turns into heat. This heat beneath the surface of the skin targets bacteria that may be causing the acne.
Is IPL Photofacial a Good Treatment for Acne?
If you have acne and you are looking for the best solution to get rid of it, then IPL photofacial is the solution you need. More and more doctors are recommending IPL photofacials for patients with severe acne or acne scarring, as well as other conditions like sun spots and age spots (through targeting blood vessels), and fine lines.
With just a few sessions, IPL treatments can clear up even the most extreme cases of facial acne and/or acne scarring. With alternatives like oral antibiotics that can be harmful to some patients, IPL therapy is a safe and easy option for acne removal.
How long does it take?
The glass prism within the AW3® applicator that guides the light to the skin targets the area in a flash of light. It takes approximately 5-10mins to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, it should take no longer than 30 mins. A typical course is between 4-6 sessions 30 days apart.
Laser Skin Care Treatments
While the trauma of ageing skin is nowhere near as great as for vascular or pigmented lesions, the simple fact remains that most people do not like the thought of ageing. Exposure to the sun accelerates the ageing process of the skin, and can cause disruption in the normal blood supply to the skin (which results in vascular disorders such as telangiectasias or diffuse redness) It can also cause irregular pigmentation that shows as freckles (ephelides) or age-spots (solar lentigines), and irregular pore size. AW3® systems offer clinically proven treatment sun-damaged skin, covering both vascular and pigmented aspects.
Before we can carry out any laser treatments all clients are required to attend a 1-1 consultation and patch test. This is 48 hours before for laser/IPL and seven days for tattoo removal. All Lipo Fat Freeze, Hifu and RF/Cavitation require a consultation which will be carried out at the time of your first treatment. Please allow an additional 30 mins for this on your first appointment booking.
All treatments require a consultation so we get to understand what you need, answer any questions you may have to ensure we are providing the best solution for you.