Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
Do you suffer from hard to treat annoying imperfections such as unwanted hair, acne, pigmentation, rosacea or premature aging?
Have you always wanted to do something about it but questioned the effectiveness of available treatment options?
Come and see the team here at ilu, where we can address a whole host of skin concerns (in most cases permanently), cost effectively and painlessly using the Eclipse 1200 Plus IPL/SHR system enabling peace of mind.
SHR stands for Super Hair Removal, and is a relatively new technology for the permanent removal of hair which is receiving amazing reviews. The system combines laser technology and the benefits of the pulsating light method achieving practically painless results. Even hairs which until now have been difficult or even impossible to be removed, can now be treated. The “In Motion” represents a breakthrough in permanent hair removal with light technology. The treatment is more pleasant than with the conventional systems and your skin is much better protected.
The sweeping technique of moving the applicator repeatedly over the treatment area ensures full coverage while the MAX cooling system cools the skin surface preventing superficial burns and allowing for virtually pain-free, yet highly effective hair removal. SHR can also be used to treat skin conditions such as acne, pigmentation and rosacea. It can even reduce visible wrinkles, due to its collagen-boosting effects.
Until now hair had to be treated during the growing phase (20%-30%). In the telogen phase stem cells are in the resting phase but can still successfully be treated with the SHR system. Since growth cycles vary, approximately 8 treatments are usually necessary. This varies depending on consultation, goals and concerns.
Treatment with SHR is practically painless, compared to treatment with conventional IPL devices. The sweeping technique of moving the applicator repeatedly over the treatment area gives full coverage while the MAX cooling system cools the skin surface, preventing superficial burns and allowing for virtually pain-free, yet highly effective hair removal.
Although pale skin with dark hair responds most favourably to the treatments, SHR technology also enables the successful treatment of dark skin, removing achromous fine hairs and minimizing complications previously seen in treating darker skin types.
The hair growth cycle and the interval between treatments should correspond, requiring spacing of approximately 3-4 weeks.
At least 1 week before the first treatment, intense sun exposure or solarium visits should be avoided.
Hairs should not be waxed or plucked less than 6 weeks before treatment. Shaving is permitted any time. Areas to be treated should ideally be shaved one day before the scheduled appointment.
If you are currently on the medication Ro-accutane or similar or have been in the past 6 months, please let us know before each treatment session. This medication can make your skin more susceptible to damage from the treatment.
After your treatment, the area is cleansed and you can return to your normal activities immediately. Slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn, may occur in some patients. These effects typically last no more than 24 hours.
The skin’s natural protection is somewhat weakened after this intense light treatment. Therefore, a high level of UV protection (30-50) in the form of a sunscreen lotion should be applied for about 1 week. Our organic sunscreen can be purchased post treatment.
After 1-5 weeks hair will fall out. Shaving is possible any time, but hair should not be plucked. Keep the area clean. Wash gently with tepid water. Avoid the use of any possible skin irritant on the face such as the stimulant creams (Retin-A, Retinova, Glycolic Cream), Benzoyl perioxide or astringents. If the area appears red or shows any signs of tenderness, apply a soothing cream, which can be supplied. If you experience any persistent irritation or notice weeping, broken skin, blistering or pigmentation changes following the treatment it is essential that you contact us as soon as you can.
The system can be used for the improvement of mild to moderate inflammatory acne. This range targets a type of bacteria that colonize inside the sebaceous gland and clog it. A photo-chemical reaction induced by the module’s light, induces the photo excitation process and the destruction of the bacteria. Ergo pustules and blemishes are reduced post treatment. An effective acne designed skin care routine is highly advised to ensure the most effective results.
Light absorbed by melanin is transformed into heat energy. This process causes the breakdown of pigment molecules and is carried away by phagocytes. Transient erythema and darkening of pigment molecules can be expected. The skins cellular turnover is increased. Descrimation process is sped up and type 3 collagen is increased. Skin is renewed and brightened.
The light absorbed by hemoglobin is converted to heat thereby effectively cauterizing the walls of capillaries. Reducing redness and softening the appearance of vascular lesions and rosacea.
Collagen effectively absorbs the 510/560nm – 1200nm spectrum of light. This results in selective thermolysis of collagen resulting in heating and contraction of collagen bundles. The retraction of collagen bundles makes this process effective in the management of fine superficial wrinkles. Skin is renewed, plumped and more youthful in appearance.