GLB-IPL- Skin & Photo Rejuvenation
(Good Looking Beauty-Intense Pulsed Light)
What is GLB-IPL?
Using patented 'Gold Wave' technology, the GLB-IPL (Good Looking Beauty- Intense Pulsed Light) wand is placed gently on the skin, where it produces a pulse of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This is transmitted through a specific filter which alters the lights wavelength range allowing it to be optimised for different applications and skin types. The pulses of light produced by the GLB-IPL are very short in duration so that discomfort is very minimal. The light that emanates from the GLB-IPL wand is filtered to remove any Ultra Violet components, eliminating the possibility of UV skin damage.
How do 'LASERS' and 'PULSED LIGHT' machines work?
Intense Pulse Light and Laser modalities rely upon 'light' to create heat within the body tissue. After all 'heat' is all that is required to target the tissue. The heat can be directly applied by means of a needle (e.g. Electrolysis) or indirectly by means of using the chemical within the body to generate heat. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light rely on the light (i.e. Optical) energy. Intense Pulsed Lights delivery ddevice can be directly applied to the skin at a lower level (under 25 joules, to avoid potential burning) and transmitted directly by means of conductivity to the selected and targeted tissue.
The concept behind the use of light to treat the skin tissue is that the light that is absorbed by tissues generate heat. By using specific colours (or wave lengths) of light to treat specific parts of the skin we can target and therefore treat a distinct part of the skin and spare surrounding tissue. Light can pass completely through non-absorbing tissue and affect susequent underlying tissue that absorbs its energy and thereby produces heat.
How does GLB-IPL work?
Cooling gel is applied to the area being treated. Darken googles will by used by both the Aesthetician and the client to protect all eyes from the bright light being emitted. The smooth glass Crystal surface of the IPL hand piece is gently placed on the skin. Pulses of light are generated spaced a second apart.
How does the treatment feel on the skin?
There is generally NO pain. However, you may feel a slight sting, like a snapping of a small rubber band when the treatment is a high level. All treatments are individually generated to meet each clients skin type and pain threshold. The machine has an inbuilt cooling device, which reduces and minimises pain or discomfort through cooling the heat being generated.
Possible side affects.
Initially after the treatment there may be a very slight redness as heat is applied to the area. The flushing and redness will last from a few minutes to several hours after treatment. If your skin is quite loose you may experience some swelling. The brown age spots and uneven pigmentation may turn slightly darker after treatment or may scab and fall off.
How long do the affects last?
Treatments are generally advised and administered in a series of 8-12 treatments that provide exceptional long term results, minimal adverse affects and high fulfilment. Each treatment varies depending on the area being treated.
How does IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) differ from Laser?
Laser light starts with pulsed light but eliminates all but one wavelength (or colour) of light. Laser can deliver only one colour (or wavelength) of light at a time. Intense Pulsed Light can deliver hundreds or thousands of colours of light at one time. Intense Pulsed Light machines use 'cut off' filters to selectively deliver the desired wavelengths. These wavelengths can be customised to reach the specific hair, blood vessels, or skin component being treated and can be modified with each pulse.
Intense Pulsed Light begins with all wavelengths of light from 500 to 1200 nanometers (nm)- including green, yellow, orange and red inferred light. Various lower range cut off filters (ranging from 515 - 755) block light shorter than the wavelength of the cut off filter.
For Example: A 530 nm cut off filter blocks light from 500-530nm, and only allows wavelengths from 530-1200nm to reach the target.
Lasers have produced pigmentary changes of the remaining hair, or simply burnt the hair without adequately damaging the 'follicle' that continues to produce new hairs, as opposed to Intense Pulsed Light damaging the follicle entirely.
What can Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treat? IPL has been used to successfully treat:
UNWANTED HAIR- Most skin types & hair colour (except white/grey) all body parts.
INGROWN HAIRS- Also associated skin darkening and pimples.
FACIAL- All types of Rosacea.
BLOOD VESSELS- Including port wine stains and Hemangiomas
FRECKLES- Including Age Spots and Skin darkening
SUN DAMAGE- All manner of pigmented lesions.
WRINKLES- Fine lines and skin texture.
SCARS- Elevated and depressed.
ACNE- Including all types of acne/ acne scarring.
Skin & Photo- Rejuvenation- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
Both the enjoyments and tensions of life, along with the simple course of time, tend to cause our skin to appear dull and aged. The signs of Photo-Ageing and sun damage are most visible on a persons face, neck, decolletage and hands.
Additionally , many treatment options can only address one particular condition at one time, while they require a lengthy recovery time, are considerably painful and have potential side affects.
Skin & Photo-Rejuvenation using Intense Pulsed Light is a non invasive treatment that treats the skin damage without disruption of the skin's surface, with absolutely no 'Down Time'.
What is Pigmentation / Sun Damge?
Pigmentation is the colouring of the skin, hair, mucous membranes and retina of the eye. Pigmentation is due to the disposition of Melanin, which is colouring matter. The melanin is produced be specialised cells called Melnocytes. Other pigmented terms include Hyperpigmentation (too much pigment), Hypopigmentation or Underpigmentation (too little pigment), and Depigmentation (loss of pigment).
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common but misunderstood condition. It affects white-skinned people of mostly north-western European descent. It begins as Erythema (flushing and reddness) on the central face and across the cheeks, nose, forehead and can also affect the neck and chest. Rosacea affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women, and has a peak age of onset between 30 and 60. Rosacea is primarily a facial diagnosis.
What is Acne/ Acne Scarring?
Acne is a localised skin inflammation as a result of overactivity of the oil glands at the base of the hair follicles. Acne happens when oil (sebaceous) glands come to life around puberty. These glands are stimulated by male hormones that are produced in the adrenal glands of both male & females.
The oil glands, which are located just beneath the skin, continously produce and secrete oil through openings of the skin. The oil lubricates and protects the skin. Under certain circumstances, cells that are close to openings of the oil glands, block the openings. This causes a build-up of oil underneath the skin. Bacteria, which lives in everyones skin but generally minds it own business, feasts on this oil, mulitplies and causes the surrounding tissue to become inflammed.
What are Fine Lines & Wrinkles?
Fine lines and wrinklse is a ridge or crease of a surface. It usually refers to a fold on the skins organism; the folds are generally random and do not exhibit any repeating pattern. In skin a wrinkle may be permanent if the skin is creased the same way each time over time.
Skins fine lines and wrinkles typically appear as a result of the ageing process such as glycation. Wrinkling in the skin is caused by habitual facial expressions, ageing, sun damage, smoking, poor hyration and various other factors. Deplation of water in the body, as occurs with dehydration, can also cause this puckering of the skin.
What are Freckles and Age Spots?
Having freckles is genetic and is related to the presence of the melanocortin. Freckles are often found in people with fair hair such a blonde, strawberry blonde, dishwasher blonde or most commonly red hair. The formation of freckles is triggered by exposure to sunlight. The exposure to UV-B radiation activates melanocytes to increase the melanin production, which causes freckles to become darker and more numerous. Freckles are predominatly found on the face, but they may appear on skin exposed to the sun.
What are Broken Capillaries?
Broken capillaries are commonly found on the cheeks or nose area. These appear as small red/pink threads under the skins surface. Broken capillaries occure when the capillary walls narrow and widen too quickly causing the muscles in the wall to tear. This in turn allows the blood to seep out resulting in broken capillaries. Dehydrated, dry and sensitive skins often have thin skin that provides less protection and therefore, these skin types are the most commonly affected.
What is Collagen & Elastin Renewal?
Collagen forms the structural network of our skin and is the most abundant protein in the body. It is primatily composed of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. It is one of the strongest proteins in nature and gives the skin its strength and durability. As we age, it is believed that collagen begins to deteriorate and cause the skin to become thinner and eventually sag. elastin is similar to collagen but is a more stretchable protein that maintains the skins elasticity. It provides the matrix that holds individual skin cells in place. Elastin also contains two unique aminoacids, desmosine and isodesmonsine. The two proteins together permit the skin to stretch, and then regain its original shape. With age, the skin's elastin breaks down and causes wrinkles.
Can Intense Pulsed Light treatments be customised for each individual client?
Yes. The experienced clinical aesthetician of the Intense Pulsed Light device can customise settings to select the wavelengths, number of pulses, duration of pulses, delay between pulses and power delivered to best match the relative depth, size and abruption characteristics of the intended target and avoid the setting that would cause damage to the areas that need to be preserved.
This flexibility and variability allows the knowledgeable physician to maximise results and minimise side affects. The wide range of possible settings and spectrum of light delivered by Intense Pulsed Light enable the operator a much broader range of possible settings than available in any single or even in many combinations of Lasers.
Virtually Paineless with NO Anaesthesia needed!
Intense Pulsed Light treatments should be virtually not requiring the use of any form of oral or topical pain medication or anaesthetic. All our clients have reported to us that the Intense Pulsed Light is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis and all 4 of the current types of Lasers: Roby, Alexandrite, Diode and Neodymium machines.
Immediately after treatment.
Immediately after treatment you should not feel pain or burning. Any discomfort can be relieved by cool water compresses or a hydrating masque applied to the symptomatic area. Persistent symptoms are very rare.
Patients usually return immediately to their normal activities. However, we advise them to avoide irritation to the treated area with acne medications, abrasive cleansers or sun exposure- especially during the 48 hours after treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light 's overall summary.
In terms of safetly, comfort, experience, effectiveness and speed the Intense Pulsed Light in the hands of an experienced Clinical Aesthetician has the clear lead in hair removal. Lasers however, apper to be trying to catch up with the GLB-IPL technology, but they require years of clinical experience to evaluate their recent modifications.
As the past has shown, theory and reality frequently do not agree. Practical results are what count. Marketing of cosmetic products such as hair removal Lasers or Intense Pulsed Light sources can not replace clinical results that satisfy patients/clients needs.
Please remember that equiptment and marketers do not produce hair removal. the skill of the operator determines the ultimate success or failure for each individual. As is usually the case in medicine, medical equiptment is probably secondary to the skill of the operator in determining overall satisfaction.
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