IPL (INTENSE PULSE LIGHT) TREATMENT

Hair removal

How does light-assisted hair removal work?

Light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging surround cells.

How is treatment carried out?

The applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair, however, contains less melanin and is harder to treat. We recommend a consultation with your clinician to ascertain if the treatment will be successful for you. Grey/white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment sensation varies but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.

What will I see after the treatment?

The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed after 1-3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to “grow” as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Are there any side effects?

The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours. Unwanted reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.

How many treatments are necessary?

Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4-8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are needed for optimum results.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.

Pricing

Female Hair Removal Face

Centre Brow or Earlobes – £22.50

Upper Lip – £27.50

Chin or Side of Face – £35.00

Lip & Chin or Jawline & Chin or Neck – £47.50

Jaw, Chin & Upper Lip – £55.00

Full Face – £72.50

Full Face & Front Neck – £82.50

Female Hair Removal Body 

Fingers or Nipples or Navel Line or Toes – £22.50

Hands or Feet – £37.50

Underarms – £42.50

Bikini Area or Buttocks – £47.50

Lower Arm or Upper Arm – £65.00

Abdomen or Lower Back – £65.00

Full Arm or Lower Leg – £90.00

Upper Leg – £97.50

Upper Leg incl. Bikini – £110.00

Full Leg – £137.50

Full Leg incl. Bikini – £152.50

Underarm & Bikini Area – £70.00

Male Hair Removal Face

Earlobes or Centre Brow – £22.50

Upper Cheeks – £32.50

Front or Back Neck £47.50

Front & Back Neck – £65.00

Beard – £70.00

Beard & Front Neck – £82.50

Male Hair Removal Body

Hands or Feet & Toes – £37.50

Underarms – £47.50

Buttocks – £55.00

Lower Arm or Chest Or Stomach – £70.00

Whole Arm or Full Back (only) or Shoulder & Upper Arms – £102.50

Chest & Stomach or Lower Leg – £110.00

Upper Leg – £125.00

Full Back (incl. Shoulders) – £125.00

Full Legs – £192.50

Pigmentation removal

How does the treatment work?

Light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.

How is the treatment carried out?

The light applicator is 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. With Q-Switched Laser treatments due to the power of the Laser energy delivered into the skin, a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur during the treatment, and a dressing may be applied after the treatment to protect the skin while it heals. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned indivuduals. However, large, dark, mottled or reaised pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be checked by a dermatologise. Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body. The pigmented marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles.

How does the treatment feel?

Most patients describe the feeling as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required.

What should I expect after the treatment?

The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. Sometimes an intial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following few weeks.

Are there any side effects?

The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immedietly after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

How long does each treatment take?

The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 to 30 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to your 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.

Pricing

Pricing

Single Lesion – £37.50

Cheeks – £50.00

Cheeks and Nose – £75.00

Half Face – £90.00

Full Face – £100.00

Full Face and Neck – £125.00

Chest Only – £90.00

Hands – £75.00

Red vein removal

How does the treatment work?

Light energy is applied to the skin where it is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

Which types of veins can be treated?

Most red skin lesions, including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, and port wine stains, can be treated very successfully.

How is the treatment carried out?

The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is moved to the neighboring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Treatment is suitable for most people. Best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and there is less chance of side effects.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anesthesia and the procedure is quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very hot pin prick.

Are there any side effects?

After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely, some delicate skin areas such as cheeks or decollete can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there’s a chance a small blister may form and there could be temporarily lightening or darkening of the skin.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatment typically takes from 15-45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for optimum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.

Consultation Procedure

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.

Pricing

Single Lesion – £37.50

Cheeks – £50.00

Cheeks and Nose – £75.00

Half Face – £90.00

Full Face – £100.00

Full Face and Neck – £125.00

Chest Only – £90.00

Hands – £75.00

After 3 treatments

Skin rejuvenation

How does the treatment work?

Precisely controlled short pulses of light are released that target discolouration (brown and red lesions) to create a more youthful, even complexion. In addition, this light results in the stimulation of the fibroblast cells, leading to increased production of new collagen and elastin. This improved the texture of the skin, evening our lumps and bumps whilst reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. If an Nd:YAG laser is used the skin will also become firmer, tighter and the appearance of scarring can be reduced.

How is the treatment carried out?

Upon consultation a treatment procedure will be tailored specifically to you. The process will include a short light applicator that is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The hand piece is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Yes, treatment is suitable for most people. We recommend a full consultation to ascertain your suitability and to allow the treatment to be tailored to your needs.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but no anesthesia is required and most people describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable, not unlike quick pin prick and warm feeling.

Are there any side effects?

The skin may be quite red and slightly swollen after treatment but this usually subsides quickly. Very rarely a small blister may form and there can be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. However, most people experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Redness and a light warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack is applied after treatment to calm the skin. You may see a darkening of any pigmented spots before they flake off, leading to a more even skin tone. Tightening of the skin should increase over the following months as new collagen is produced within the dermis.

How many treatments are necessary?

Treatments are carried out every 2 to 3 weeks and 6 treatments are recommended for best results. Thereafter, top-up sessions are performed as required, but typically once or twice a year.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatment times can vary but typically between 20-45 minutes.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to your 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.

Pricing

Half Face – £67.50

Full Face – £87.50

Full Face and Neck – £100.00

Full Face, Neck and Chest – £125.00

Chest Only – £75.00

Hands – £50.00

Neck Only – £50.00