Malta Plastic Surgery Institute  - Beauty through Science and Innovation
Intense Pulse Light (IPL): Skin Rejuvenation or  Photorejuvenation

Skin imperfections can have a big impact on a person’s confidence and self-image. It can be a hereditary condition, the effects of ageing or too much time in the sun – whatever the cause of the problem, more and more people are discovering that there is a simple, quick and non-invasive solution.
IPL uses the latest light technology to improve the colour and texture of the skin. It is a fast, safe and very effective way to improve the look and feel of your skin. 
Intense Pulsed Light systems (IPL) are different from lasers in that they can deliver hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in each burst of light. Certain filters are used that target these flashes of light so that they can work in as precise a way as lasers.The broad spectrum of light reaches deep down to the collagen level of the skin to produce remarkable results. The therapeutic light energy is transformed to heat energy. The target tissue is then fragmented and absorbed without damage to the surrounding skin. The skin surface is left smooth and rejuvenated.

Which conditions can be treated?
  • Acne and Rosacea (helps calm the redness)
  • Sun spots (pigmentation caused by the sun)
  • Photo-ageing/hyper-pigmentation
  • Birthmarks
  • Port wine stains
  • Telangiectasias or broken veins

It is also used to rejuvenate the skin by activating the fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin leaving the skin firmer and smoother: Photorejuvenation (IPL)

Does the treatment hurt?
Our patients report no pain, merely a mild tingling sensation within the skin.

How is Photorejuvenation performed?
A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated. The smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently placed on your skin and pulses of light are applied. A slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band will be felt. Treatment is administered in a series of procedures that provides excellent long-term results and high client satisfaction.

How many treatments will I need?
For the best results, we usually recommend six treatments with a gap of at least two weeks between treatments.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating and the severity of the individual problem, a series of five or six treatments may be recommended. Each treatment takes about 45 minutes.

How soon will I see results?
You should see some improvement after the first treatment. Final results will be visible at the end of the course.

Are there any side effects?
There might be some slight reddening of your skin in treated area immediately after the procedure, but this should disappear rapidly.

Is there any downtime?
No, but you should avoid sun exposure for 24-48 hours and moisturize the treated area regularly.

Imperfections from sun damage and photo aging
The overall appearance of aging skin is primarily related to the quantitative effects of sun exposure with resultant UV damage to the collagen and elastic fibres of the skin. This results in skin imperfections such as: skin laxity, dull complexion, enlarged pores, mottled pigmentation, excessive freckling and red and brown sun spots. IPL minimises or eliminates red and brown spots, evens out skin colour and texture and minimises red or flushed appearing skin.

Broken veins and capillaries
Over time, ageing, trauma, sun exposure and certain lifestyle factors cause a number of veins and capillaries to break. These appear as red streaks or blotches on the face. IPL therapy can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing virtually all traces of these unsightly blemishes.

Rosacea is a skin condition that leaves people's face red with chronic flushing. This is caused by the dilation of capillaries and blood vessels. Rosacea can also cause white pimples and blisters on the nose and cheeks. This condition can affect both men and women. IPL can successfully treat dilated blood vessels and redness without injuring the surrounding healthy skin, while greatly reducing the episodes of flushing with long-term effectiveness.

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