IPL Photorejuvenation

Facts

Average Treatment Cost
$100 to $400 depending on treatment area

Treatment Time
30 minutes – 1 hour

Recovery Time
Minimal

Duration of Results
Long-lasting

What you should know

What is IPL Photorejuvenation?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, a type of light therapy used to treat brown sun spots, pigmentation, freckles, birthmarks, broken blood vessels and wrinkles. An IPL “Photofacial” (as it is sometimes referred to) uses precise amounts of powerful light to penetrate the skin, which is absorbed by the melanin (pigmentation) in the skin, intentionally damaging these areas. These spots, freckles or blood vessels will temporarily darken as the colour comes to the surface but will flake off, almost like a tiny, thin scab, within around a week. These slightly darker spots can easily be covered with mineral makeup during this process.

IPL is different to laser in that it is an intense light source with broad-spectrum high-intensity pulses, rather than a more invasive and precise laser beam set on a narrow wavelength. Because of this, IPL can treat multiple conditions, using special filters to block certain lights, to effectively treat a specific skin concern. In this respect, it can sometimes be seen as a gentle alternative to laser, although this means you may need a few sessions (between two to six) to get your desired results.

So what is an IPL Photorejuvenation treatment like?

Prior to a treatment, you’ll need to avoid going out in the sun without SPF30 protection to ensure the treatment area is free of suntan, sunburn or hyperpigmentation. You’ll also want to avoid using strong retinol skincare products for a month or so beforehand. After a treatment, you need to ensure you have an SPF30 mineral sunscreen on your skin, and use this every day (even in winter and on cloudy days) for at least one month after your treatment, to ensure pigmentation does not return. Ideally, these treatments are best done in cooler months when you won’t have prolonged sun exposure.

As with many advanced skin treatments, you may be a bit pink and sensitive straight afterwards, so if you’re going straight back to work you can cover this with a little mineral makeup, but avoid doing a treatment right before a big event. You’ll also want to avoid strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours or so (a nice excuse for a break!). Unlike with a laser treatment that may require a few days of recovery, IPL requires no downtime other than the above, so you’re good to work it into your usual daily schedule.

Where can I get IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatments in New Zealand?

If you’re looking to book in some IPL Photorejuvenation treatments or find out more about them, browse through the clinics listed below to find your nearest treatment provider in New Zealand.

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