Intense Pulsed Light (I PL) can provide a long term solution, with minimal downtime or risk in just a few quick and easy treatments, to problems such as;
• Red flushing (Rosacea )
•Thread veins
•Red spots
• Unsightly leg veins

How does the treatment work?
Both IPL and Laser systems emit light which is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. After treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the actual lesion.

What types of veins can be treated?
Most red skin lesions eg. facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, port wine stains are treated with IPL. Leg veins (up to 3mm in diameter) are often treated with a Laser.

How is the treatment carried out?
For IPL treatment a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin before the light  applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The process is repeated until the entire area is treated, then the gel is removed and the area cooled. Chilled gel is not required for laser treatment, but protective eye wear will be provided during treatment.

Am I suitable for treatment?
Treatment is suitable for most people, however, best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and there is less chance of side effects. The best response is seen with facial thread veins, spider naevi and rosacea.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick.  Sensations vary but most describe it as a quick 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  the cheeks or decolette can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Though rare, there is a chance  a small blister may form and there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.

How long does treatment take?
Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of the lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for maximum 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 suit ability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.

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