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Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

 IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It uses light energy with varying wavelengths, in precise bursts to the skin’s surface, while thermal energy is radiated into deeper skin tissue.

The energy delivered to the superficial and deeper layers of skin, repairs the cells and stimulates collagen production; this process helps to rejuvenate the skin. IPL is a very versatile treatment. 

What is IPL used to treat?

  • Reduces sun damage including freckles, sunspots and pigmentation
  • Improves texture
  • Reduces skin redness 
  • Improves Rosacea
  • Stimulates the production of collagen
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces pore size
  • Improves mild to moderate acne.

Who can use IPL as a treatment?

Whether you can have IPL and how it works for you, is determined by your skin type and condition. People with fairer skin types are the best candidates.  Skin types are graded according to their “Fitzpatrick”type. Your practitioner will help you determine your skin type. Fitzpatrick skin types 1-3 are the best candidates. 

  • Fitzpatrick 1 – white skin, never tan, always burn, often have red hair and light eyes
  • Fitzpatrick 2 – beige skin, usually burn, difficult to tan, light eyes. 
  • Fitzpatrick 3 – light brown skin, sometimes burns, slow to tan
  • Fitzpatrick 4 – medium brown, rarely burns, fast tanning.
  • Fitzpatrick 5 – dark brown skin, rarely burns, fast and easy tanning.
  • Fitzpatrick 6 – black skin, almost never burns, fast and dark tanning. 

People with certain conditions should not receive IPL, such as those suffering from Melasma (hormonal pigmentation), current tan or fake tan, pregnancy, epilepsy and those on photosensitising medications such as Roaccutane or Doxycycline. Everyone must complete a skin type assessment before progressing to IPL. The machine used is the Cryomed CBL 2.

How does it work?

Skin Tightening, Pore Sizem and Fine Wrinkles. 

The treatment with the CBL machine, progressively tightens the skin by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin. Fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed, and the skin appears plumper and more youthful. Pore size may be reduced as the skin tightens.

Sun Damage 

CBL’s intense pulsed light targets darkened areas of sun damaged skin, causing them to heat up, then break down and flake off. The process is called Photothermolysis. You may experience some temporary darkening of the treated areas, which will begin to fade after about 5-7 days. They will become progressively lighter with each treatment. Approximately 4 treatments are recommended but this again depends on your skin type and the type of lesion being treated.

Rosacea, Skin Flushing, and Redness 

Rosacea, chronic redness and flushing of the skin, particularly on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, can be distressing and disfiguring. CBL treatment is particularly effective in managing this condition. The dilated blood vessels absorb the light pulse, destroying the particles that cause facial redness. While there is no cure for rosacea, a course of 4-6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart will cause the redness to subside, leaving you with a clear, healthy complexion. Maintenance treatments as needed can help to preserve the results.

CBL2 has several filters designed for specific purposes, one of which is the treatment of a range of vascular problems, including spider or thread veins, spider nevi, telangiectasias and angiomas. The IPL targets the red haemoglobin, which heats the entire blood vessel, causing it to constrict, and eventually be destroyed. It is then absorbed by the body. The visible vascular lesions fade and disappear, while the surrounding skin structure is not damaged. The number of treatments required will depend on the type and extent of the condition.


CBL2 has a special filter, designed to treat acne and is an effective solution for those suffering from mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Not only does it help to clear up pustules and active inflammation, but it also helps to improve the appearance of facial scarring.

What happens during a treatment?

- Your eyes will be protected with eye pads and/or dark glasses.
- A cool gel will be spread over the area of skin to be treated.
- The surface of the handpiece is placed against your skin and you will be aware of the pulses of light flashing. You will feel a slight sting, as if a rubber band is being snapped against your skin, but this is minimal because of the CBL’s adjustable Skin Cooling System, which is automatically tailored to each filter.

The length of the treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated. At the end of the treatment, a moisturising cream and sunblock will be applied.

You will be free to resume your normal activities when the treatment is complete, however depending on what is treated, you may have some minor swelling or darkening of pigment. Vascular treatments may have a higher chance of swelling than for other indications.

After-Care and Post Treatement 

If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply to your skin for a few minutes.

You must protect your skin with a good sunblock at all times. Daily use of medical-grade skin care products will help optimise your results.


IPL for sun damage

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