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IPL Permanent Hair Removal, Acne and Rejuvenation Treatments

IPL Treatments are only available at the Harrold Practice

WHAT IS IPL?
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment that has been developed as a multi-treatment system for non-invasive cosmetic skin treatments and permanent hair removal.

* Permanent Hair Removal
* Vascular Treatment (Thread Veins)
* Cellular Rejuvenation
* Pigmentation Treatment
* Acne Treatment


PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL
This treatment involves shooting light pulses on the part of the body to be depilated using a wavelength spectrum matched to the skin and hair type. The light energy is immediately converted into heat by the melanin (pigment) in the hair. This is channelled along the shaft of the hair down to the root and the underlying germ cells. The thermal reaction here causes irreversible damage to the nutrient cells of the hair root which are now unable to produce any more hairs.

VASCULAR TREATMENT
It is possible to treat thread veins cosmetically. This is done by shooting a controlled light pulse onto the affected area. The light pulse is absorbed in the dark-red, oxygen-rich blood of the vessel by the haemoglobin and converted into heat. This causes a sudden heating of the vessel, which clots the blood and welds the vessel shut. The body's lymphatic system breaks down the coagulated blood into its constituent parts and transports them away naturally.

CELLULAR REJUVENATION
The gentle treatment stimulates the formation of new collagen fibres. This has a visible smoothing effect on lines. Light energy is converted into heat. The energy this produces focuses on the deeper layers of the dermis, which contain the tear-proof collagen fibres and elastic fibres. The treatment stimulates the skin cells to start producing skin-tautening collagen and elastin again. The result is healthy, young and fresh-looking skin. RF energy working on collagen denaturation causes immediate tissue contraction. A tighter and smoother skin with a visible reduction in wrinkle depth and appearance.

PIGMENTATION TREATMENT
Benign skin pigmentations can be treated very efficiently using IPL or IPL/RF technology.This involves exposing excessive pigments to highly energetic intensive pulsed light. The light is absorbed by the melanin (the dark skin pigment in the skin) and converted into heat.The surrounding tissue is neither heated nor destroyed. The conversion of energy into heat causes the pigment to clot; the melanin flocculates and is drawn to the epidermis. The pigment change is shed bit by bit in the form of tiny skin flakes.

ACNE TREATMENT
Treating acne with IPL or IPL/RF technology is all about fighting the propioni bacteria that cause the inflammation and reducing the size of the sebaceous glands and the quantity of sebum they produce. Porphyrins (naturally occurring molecules in the inflamed acne) absorb light in the blue wavelength spectrum. When porphyrins absorb light in this wavelength spectrum, heat is produced. The photothermal process releases chemical substances that are able to selectively destroy the propioni bacterium.



TREATMENT CONSULTATION AND COSTS
Before beginning IPL treatment, a full consultation and patch test on the area to be treated is required. This is completely FREE OF CHARGE and any questions or concerns can be addressed at this time.

For most treatments, a course of 6 treatments is the minimum recommended.

Treatment prices start at £15 and depend on the area to be treated and how. £15 will cover hair removal on a small area such as lip or chin. For full back and shoulders for men, the cost is usually £120 per session. The facial rejuvenation treatment (including neck and decollete area) is £80 per treatment.

For further information, an informal chat or to book a consultation, contact Gail on 01234 721187 or 07948 354 082 or email Gail@RetreatHarrold.co.uk