INTENSE PULSED LIGHT FOR REDNESS, ACNE & HAIR REDUCTION

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) use various wavelengths of light to treat sun-induced changes on the face, including pigmentation, age spots and broken blood vessels. IPL is also regularly used for the treatment of rosacea, acne and hair reduction. IPL may be used on the face, hands, neck, limbs, back and chest. It is safe, non-invasive and is tailored to the individual patient’s skin.

When the pulses of light are applied to the skin, you may feel some stinging, similar in sensation to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. This is usually tolerable, but an aesthetic cream may be applied to reduce the pain. The treatment area is cleansed and a cooling gel is applied immediately prior to the treatment. Dark glasses are always worn to protect your eyes from the light. Treatments usually take approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on which area is being treated.

IPL is very safe and no recovery time is needed after treatment. You can return to work or normal daily activities the same day as your treatment. Some patients may experience minor redness and possible pinpoint bruising after the treatment. Some pigmented spots may appear darker for a few days and then peel off. You can apply makeup immediately after IPL treatment if necessary.

The number of treatments you need will depend on the condition of your skin and your desired results. Generally, patients need a series of 3-6 treatments, 4-8 weeks apart. After the initial series, additional treatments once every six months are recommended in order to maintain the effects. The cost of your treatment will depend on the condition of your skin, the size of the area being treated and your desired results.

LASER AGE SPOT REMOVAL

Age spots (also known as liver spots or solar lentigines) are non-cancerous, brown lesions that occur over time on sun exposed areas of the skin. As they are of cosmetic importance to many patients, different treatments have been tried to remove these unwanted spots. Combination therapies yield the best results. These include prescription strength skin lightening creams and in-office laser treatments. 

The recent development of short-pulsed lasers such as Q-switched lasers has enabled physicians to selectively destroy the pigment within the age spots with significant clinical improvement, low risk of adverse effects, and high patient acceptance. For most patients, only 1 to 2 treatments are necessary to remove age spots. Noticeable results are evident 2 weeks after the first treatment. Effective treatment of age spots has shown to improve appearances, enhance self-esteem and promote better skin health awareness.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL

Many people decide to get tattoos when they are young. They then go on to regret the decision later in life, especially where the tattoo features a person’s name or symbol which they rather not be associated with. The removal of tattoos using lasers has been carried out for more than 20 years. Because of the variety of different types of tattoos (e.g. amateur, professional, semi-permanent), it is important to find a practitioner experienced in treating a wide range of tattoos.

The Q Switched ND:YAG laser significantly lightens and removes many types of amateur and professional tattoos. It is particularly successful with tattoos made of dark blue, black, and red ink. This includes tattoos that have been applied as permanent cosmetics such as eye brow liners. Repeat treatments will be required; 2 – 10 treatments for an amateur tattoo and up to 5 – 20 for a professional one; sessions will usually be 6 weeks apart. Cost is determined by size of the tattoo and time taken for each area. A 
quote will be provided by Dr Louw at the initial consultation.

CARBON LASER FACIAL – CHINA DOLL FACIAL PEEL 

The Carbon Laser Facial also known as ‘Black Doll Celebrity Facial’ will give you a radiant looking skin after just one treatment. This treatment is very popular in Hollywood and Asia. The treatment is non-invasive and very gentle to the skin. After cleansing the skin a layer of carbon paste is applied to the entire face and allowed to dry over a period of 15 minutes. Then, a Q switched ND:YAG laser is used to heat and cause an implosion of the carbon particles, focusing the laser energy on the epidermis.

Most patients describe the sensation as a light tingling feeling. As the laser moves across the skin the carbon paste is gently removed, exfoliating the skin and removing any debris in pores. This high quality skin rejuvenation treatment takes approximately 40 minutes from start to finish with no downtime. Some of the results you can expect after several laser treatments include: improvement in active acne; reduction in acne scars and post-inflammatory discoloration; reduction in size of pores; reduction in fine lines and wrinkles; stimulation of collagen and increased tone of the skin.


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