IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Treatments

The UKs No.1 Laser & IPL Brand

Here at Sophia Wyatt Aesthetics, we invest heavily in the equipment we use to treat our clients, ensuring only the safest and most clinically effective treatments, each and every time. This ethos helped when deciding on our laser/IPL provider, Lynton –  a specialist aesthetic technologies manufacturer made up of the largest team of UK-based doctors, scientists & aestheticians.

With over 23 years’ experience in pioneering medical-grade devices for a broad range of cosmetic concerns, Lynton are experts in designing aesthetic technology that delivers extremely good results. Alongside their premium equipment, Lynton also provide all their customers (us) with comprehensive theory and practical based training – this ensures all practitioners have the in-depth clinical knowledge needed to treat clients safely whilst still achieving outstanding results!

Another reason we use Lynton as our preferred laser/IPL supplier is because of the multiple awards they have won for the quality, safety and clinical results achievable with their equipment – this provides us with the reassurance that we are only using the best devices possible for our clients. Lynton recently won the industry’s most sought-after award for the second year in a row: the ‘Aesthetic Equipment of the Year’ with the Aesthetic Awards, an achievement we found to be very impressive!

All our laser/IPL clinicians have received training directly from Lynton Specialists, which is developed in partnership with the The University of Manchester. Lynton originate from this world-leading institute of higher education and continue to work in close collaboration with the Department of Physics on the development of specialist laser training courses. This means you can be assured that the treatment you have with us here at Evolve is being delivered by Clinicians who have received the UK’s best hand-on and theory based training available.

Lynton have an outstanding reputation for supplying medical-grade laser & IPL technologies to an extensive list of high profile clients, including the NHS and numerous private health care facilities around the UK. Lynton devices are considered by many doctors, dermatologist and aestheticians as the most effective, safe and reliable option when treating a wide range of different aesthetic treatments.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to all IPL treatments you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.

IPL Hair Removal

Using Lynton’s gold standard medical grade LUMINA I offer Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments which offer a safe, long-term solution to unwanted, excess hair for both men and women. This effective hair removal treatment is suitable for the face and body, it’s quick and results can be seen after just a few sessions.

A course of treatments is usually required at 4 – 8 weekly intervals to follow the hair growth cycle. Treatment will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and free from painful in-growing hairs.

I only use the very latest unrivalled, state of the art specialist equipment supplied by the UK’s No.1 manufacturer – Lynton Lasers. Medically CE marked and favoured by medical practitioners in the NHS, the LUMINA provides dramatic results for various skin concerns.

All my clinicians have received in-depth, comprehensive training, covering the key fundamentals of laser & IPL, and most importantly: how to achieve highly clinically effective results, whilst keeping our clients safety as the primary objective.

Common Questions

How does IPL light assisted hair removal work?
Light is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment (colour) in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.

How is an IPL treatment carried out?
The Intense Pulsed Light is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.

Am I suitable for IPL treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. For IPL, best results are often achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair however, contains less melanin and is harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.
However, laser treatment can sometimes be used instead of IPL. We recommend a consultation with your clinician to ascertain if the treatment will be successful for you.

How does an IPL treatment feel?
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable. Laser is, in general, more tolerable than IPL.

What will I see after an IPL treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The dead hairs shed after 1 – 3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis.

Are there any side effects with IPL?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment and the hair follicles may be swollen and bumpy but this usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.

How many IPL treatments are necessary?
Only hair that is actively growing is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the area treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The required number of treatments varies, but typically 6 or more treatments are needed for optimum results.

How long does each IPL treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.

illumiFacial®

The illumiFacial® is the ‘next generation’ of the highly successful ‘Photofacial’ skin treatment, using a new and unique combination of specialist Lynton skincare together with powerful, medical-grade Lynton IPL technology. This quick and simple facial skin rejuvenation treatment dramatically improves skin tone and appearance, helping your skin feel and look its best.
IllumiFacial

The Illumi Facial is the ideal treatment for:

  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin tone
  • Age spots
  • Pigmentation
  • General redness
  • Vascular breakouts

Acne Treatment

You don’t have to let acne affect your confidence! Sophia Wyatt Aesthetics offer a range of successful acne treatments to leave your skin clear and blemish free. Acne can be effectively treated with Intense Pulsed Light alone or in combination with other clinical treatments. Intense Pulsed Light treatments greatly reduce the number and severity of active lesions, lessening the inflammation and frequency of break-outs.

How does Intense Pulsed Light work?

The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.

How is the treatment carried out?

A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.

Are there any side effects?

The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

How long does treatment take?

A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement.

Pigmentation Removal

Sun spots, liver spots, freckles and other unwanted pigmentation are often associated with skin ageing and over exposure to the sun or sunbeds. From the age of about 40 the skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure and age spots start to appear.
Generally these age spots pose no health risk, however they can be unsightly and create a patchy, less youthful appearance. Freckling and age spots are successfully lightened or removed with Laser or Intense Pulse Light. Not all pigmentation concerns are as a result of sun exposure and some people are born with pigmented birthmarks or may have melasma, a skin pigmentation condition often associated with pregnancy or hormones.
Birthmarks can often be treated with a Q-Switch Laser. IPL or Intense Pulse Light skin rejuvenation and pigment removal treatment is a relatively quick and easy procedure. Age spots and freckles can be lightened or removed in as little as one to three treatment sessions. The light targets areas of excess pigment safely breaking down the excess melanin. The sun spots or freckles darken in the first few days after treatment and then the excess melanin sheds naturally away.
This treatment is for you if: you want a more even skin tone, you want to reduce areas of excess freckling or you want to target a specific age spot.

How does Intense Pulse Light Work?

The Intense Pulse Light System releases short pulses of filtered light that is readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within freckles, sun spots or liver spots. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and eradicates the melanin-rich cells.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, large, raised and dark pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be assessed by our Medical Advisor. Dark moles should not be treated nor would we advise IPL for melasma, this would be better suited to fractional laser.

What does treatment feel like?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable and a warm, tingling sensation not unlike sunburn is experienced afterwards.

What will I look like after treatment?

The skin may be slightly red and the pigment marks will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade away.

Are there any side effects?

Most people experience little more than slight reddening and possibly mild swelling which usually disappear within hours to a couple of days. Very rarely a small blister may form or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin can occur.

Vascular Treatment

Facial thread veins or broken red veins (telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins that occur around the nose and across the cheeks and chin. These broken veins occur when the vein dilates and become larger so they are visible through the transparency of the skin. Although facial veins / spider veins are quite common they can cause some distress and embarrassment for those who have them.
Facial veins may be hereditary or as a result of a variety of factors including damage from sun exposure, wind and the extremes of temperature. The over use of steroid creams and certain auto immune conditions may also induce thread veins. Often the exact cause is unknown and may just be part of the natural ageing process or as a part of a skin condition called rosacea.
Facial vessels are effectively treated with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or laser with minimal downtime or risk in just a few quick, easy treatments.
Treatment is suitable for you if you want to: reduce overall facial redness and reduce blushing, be rid of embarrassing broken veins or red spots, or have clearer, brighter, fresher looking skin.

How does the treatment work?

Light energy is applied to the skin where it is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

How is the treatment carried out?

The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During treatment, protective eyewear will be provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Treatment is suitable for most people. Best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and there is less chance of side effects.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.

Are there any side effects?

After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely, some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolleté can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there is a chance a small blister may form and there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for optimum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks. Consultation Procedure Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.

Which types of veins can be treated?

Most red skin lesions, including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, and port wine stains, can be treated very successfully. Depending on the lesions, leg vessels can also respond well to treatment.