IPL Treatment for Rosacea and Threadveins

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy now available at Dr. Mark’s Rejuvenation Clinic

  • Are you troubled by excessive facial redness or nasal redness or spider veins?

IPL is a proven technique that has been used in hospitals and private clinics in the UK for around ten years. The IPL machine being used is the Lynton Luminette Advance, a true medical grade IPL machine, EU certified and capable of safely delivering the power needed to achieve results.

Intense Pulsed Light for Skin Problems

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser therapy is an excellent way to treat the redness and flushing caused by rosacea. It can also be used for photo-rejuvenation to help to reverse the signs of ageing.

IPL can be used to reduce hyperpigmentation, which are areas of brown spots usually caused by sun damage.

IPL treatment only causes the skin on the surface to regenerate and renew, the deeper layers are unaffected. It also helps with the treatment of open pores, and the blue light component in the wavelength helps to kill the bacteria that are responsible for acne.

Each treatment is preceeded by a consultation and a patch test to assess the best strength of light to treat your skin safely. Please note treatments can only be done on skin that is untanned (real or fake) as colour in the skin will increase absorption of the light energy and pose a risk of a burn.

Rosacea, before and after IPL treatment

Nasal thread veins, before and after IPL treatment

pigmentation before and after ipl treatment
Facial pigmentation before and after IPL treatment

hand pigmentation before and after intense pulsed light
Hand pigmentation before and after IPL treatment

Rejuvenation with Intense Pulsed Light treatment

Skin will look refreshed and rejuvenated. Improvement in tone and texture of skin is experienced. A significant reduction of brown and red areas of discoloration, small red blood vessels (spider veins) and irregular areas of pigmentation occurs. Pore size can be reduced by one third. A reduction of red discolouration and flushing will be evident in individuals with rosacea or abnormal flushing.
Do I have to miss work or scheduled social functions? No. This procedure is a “no downtime” procedure meaning that you will usually be able to return to all scheduled activities immediately.
What will my skin look like after the procedure has been done? Your skin may look slightly flushed temporarily. If you wish, you may apply powder or make-up right away.
Is the procedure painful? You will experience a sensation as the pulses of therapeutic light are passed over your skin. The sensation is well-tolerated by most people. Some clients say that it feels a bit like an elastic band being snapped onto the skin. Topical anaesthic creams are not required but are available for individuals who wish to numb the skin.
How many treatments are required? For most people, a series of five treatments is scheduled. Each treatment takes less than one hour to perform. Treatments are scheduled approximately three weeks apart. A series of treatments will take about fifteen weeks to complete.
Will I be able to interrupt my treatments for a holiday or trip or other event? Yes. We are able to reschedule your visit and will always endeavour to accomodate necessary changes. We request notice as soon as possible in advance as that time has been reserved for your treatment. We appreciate seven days notice for rescheduling.
Why are five treatments required? It has been demonstrated that the majority of people will achieve most of their improvement after five treatments are performed. Improvement is gradual and becomes evident after several treatments have been completed.
How long do the results last? The results achieved from the treatment series can be expected to last for possilby several years or longer. However, with the passage of time and with environmental exposure, skin ages as we do. IPL Photorejuvenation will provide beneifts and significantly reverse many of the visible signs of sun-damaged skin. The improvement that has been achieved following a first series of treatments can be maintained by occasional single maintenance treatments.
Are maintenance treatments necessary? Maintenance treatments are recommended in order to maintain the positive benefits that have been achieved after completing the first series of treatments.
When should maintenance treatments be done? The ideal time to schedule a single maintenance treatment is about four months after your last treatment. However treatment maintenance schedules can be individualized depending on specific needs and assessments by Dr. Mark Aszkenasy.
Can I have a treatment while my skin is tanned? No. It’s best to treat skin that is not tanned, although a slight “chronic” tan may be acceptable. Dr Mark Aszkenasy will assess your skin at the time of your consultation.
What areas can benefit from IPL Photorejuvenation? Areas of skin which will benefit the most are generally sun exposed areas. The commonest areas treated are the face, the neck, the chest and the backs of the hands.
What imrovement will be noticed after a series of five treatments is finished? Skin will look refreshed and rejuvenated. Improvement in tone and texture of skin is experienced. A significant reduction of brown and red areas of discoloration, small red blood vessels (spider veins) and irregular areas of pigmentation. Pore size is reduced by one third. A reduction of red discoloration will be evident in individuals with rosacea or abnormal flushing.
Do I require a consultation before I schedule a treatment?  Yes. A consultation is needed prior to your first IPL Photorejuvenation treatment. IPL Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive medical procedure. Your skin must be assessed prior to scheduling your first treatment. During your consultation any specific concerns or questions will be addressed.
How much does it cost? The cost for a facial IPL treatment is £120, and a package of five treatments booked in advance costs £500.

What can go wrong with intense pulsed light laser treatment? There are some potential complications with IPL treatments. We always perform energy dosing tests before your actual treatment, to allow an accurate assessment of the skin’s response. This significantly reduces potential complications, which include:
Prolonged redness and swelling lasting up to 4 days or longer may occur.
Darker patches of pigment on the skin may occur a couple of weeks after treatment. This can last from 2 weeks up to 2 years and may rarely be permanent. However there is a special cream we can use to reduce the pigment. You are more at risk of this occurring if you have a darker skin type. (this is not the immediate darkening of pigment we expect when treating pigmentation).
Whiter patches on the skin can occur. This can last 2 weeks up to 1 year though also has the potential to be permanent. You are more at risk of this occurring if you have a darker skin type.

Blistering rarely occurs, but if you do get a blister, it is important that you let Dr. Aszkenasy know and don’t pick it as it may leave a scar.

How will my skin react after the IPL treatment?
Most patients will experience a sunburn like sensation that lasts 2 to 5 hours and is often associated with mild to moderate redness. The treated area is generally sensitive to heat for 2 days following treatment.
After hair removal the skin may appear spotty, this is inflammation caused from the heat absorbed in the hair follicle and can last 2 to 24 hours.
After treatment of pigmented lesions the lesion will go darker sometimes almost black, then will fall off within 7 to 28 days (depending on the area of the body) or it will just gradually fade.

After treatment of vascular lesions they will either disappear immediately or appear grey or purplish in colour. Diffuse redness immediately appears a lot redder then gradually lightens within 2-3 weeks. Vascular treatments generally require 3 fortnightly or monthly treatments for best results.

Pre and Post treatment recommendations:
Pre treatment
Discontinue sun exposure 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
Do not use fake tan 1-2 weeks prior to your treatment.
Use an SPF 30 daily.

If you have a history of herpes close to the area being treated, it is recommended that you use antiviral medication before the treatment – this will be available from the chemist.

Post treatment
A sunburn-like sensation is expected for about 2-5 hours after the treatment. If this is uncomfortable apply cold compresses or ice to the treated area.
Your skin maybe temperature sensitive for the following 2 days, so do not use very hot water or your shower or bath.
Please protect your skin from the sun!
Do not exfoliate the skin for 1 week after the treatment.
Your skin may be more sensitive to certain skin care products, especially anything abrasive or containing detergent
Do not pick blisters or skin crusting as this may lead to a scar!
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the practice.