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Unfortunately, skin ageing is inevitable! Some of the changes that occur with time are genetically determined and some are caused by environmental factors such as sun exposure and smoking. It is impossible to live in Queensland and not have some degree of sun damage evident on the face.

In experienced hands, IPL skin rejuvenation is a simple, safe and effective treatment that will address many of the effects of skin ageing, such as pigmentation, generalised redness and surface capillaries. IPL can also boost collagen production and refine pores. Gradual and cumulative improvement in skin tone is typically achieved in five treatment sessions, best spaced about 1 month apart. However, the total number of required sessions can depend on the skin’s initial condition and the intended goal. Every treatment will result in small improvements in skin health and appearance. Common areas to treat include the face, neck, décolletage, hands, forearms and shoulders.

What should I expect after a treatment?

IPL skin rejuvenation has minimal downtime. Initially, some redness may be present and pigment spots or freckles will darken by about 50%. These spots become dry and flake off after around five days. Mineral makeup can be worn immediately after the treatment. Areas that are quite sun damaged such as arms, hands and décolletage can take a little longer to heal. After the first 1-2 treatments, when most superficial pigment is removed, any further treatments have significantly less downtime.

Will the treatment hurt?

IPL treatments are often compared to a rubber band flicking and the treated area will feel warm. At Shine, we use an Elos system combining IPL and RF energy. This system uses a head with contact skin cooling and a unique safety feature of monitoring heat in the tissues. If you are very sensitive to any level of discomfort, we offer a topical anaesthetic to make the procedure entirely comfortable. We can discuss this with you at your initial consultation.

How do I find out if IPL skin rejuvenation is right for me?

We suggest making an appointment with Julie-Anne or Libby in the skin clinic at Shine for a complimentary skin assessment. With a few exceptions, most skin types will benefit from the treatment. At this visit, the procedure is explained, a patch test is performed and the first treatment can be booked.

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