WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IPL AND LASER RESURFACING?
ETHEREA IPL-Sq® treatment is non-invasive, so most people can experience cosmetic improvements quickly, with minimal risk and downtime. Laser skin resurfacing is used for more serious skin problems, such as significant sun damage or acne scarring. It is invasive, due to the fact that the surface of the skin is removed during the treatment, so it requires significant recovery time, and there is a greater risk of complications. Your practitioner will advise you regarding the best treatment option for you.
You should avoid sun exposure and any other tanning for 4 weeks, and fake tan for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
If you have a history of herpes close to the area being treated, it is recommended that you take an antiviral medication before the treatment to prevent an outbreak (available from chemists).
Some medications can increase the photo-sensitivity of your skin. Your practitioner will advise you.
Your practitioner will cover your eyes with eye pads and/or dark glasses. A cool gel may be spread over the area of skin to be treated. The surface of the handpiece is placed against your skin and you will be aware of the pulses of light flashing. You will feel a slight sting, as if a rubber band is being snapped against your skin, but this is minimal because of the adjustable Contact-Cooling® system built into the Etherea IPL-Sq®. The length of the treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated. At the end of the treatment, a moisturising cream and sunblock will be applied. This treatment does not involve any downtime, so you will be free to resume your day’s activities when the treatment is complete.
POTENTIAL RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS OF IPL TREATMENT
ETHEREA IPL-Sq® photorejuvenation treatment involves relatively little risk and no downtime. The surface of the skin is not removed and this contributes to the relatively easy recovery and low risk. Potential short- term risks include mild bruising and swelling, blistering, scabbing and changes in the skin’s pigmentation. In the vast majority of patients, these issues will disapper quite quickly.
If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply to your skin for a few minutes.
You must protect your skin with a good sunblock at all times. Do not tan (sun or artificial) for 3 weeks after treatment.
Daily use of medical-grade skin care products will help optimise your results. You should not exfoliate the treated area for one week after treatment.
Occasionally a treated area might form a crust or a blister. This is just on the surface and almost never results in any long-term scarring. However, you should not pick at it, or try to remove it, but simply allow it to peel away by itself.
It is important to follow all post-treatment instructions in order to avoid any risk of infection.
REQUIRED NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
For best results, most people need a series of 3 – 5 treatments, each spaced about a month apart. The exact number of treatments will depend on the nature and extent of the problem being treated. You will be able to see some improvement after each treatment, until you achieve the desired result.
To find out more about our IPL treatment therapies , contact a member of our friendly team on 0421 533 611 or 08 6277 0165. who will arrange a consultation.