Sun Damage Treatments
IPL™ treatments are the popular, safe, and effective sun damage treatments at LightTouch Med Spa™ in Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Markham, and Waterloo. Using intense pulsed light technology, our team can safely assist you in eliminating unwanted and excess sun damage. Read more to learn about our technology, treatments, and team!
IPL™ treatments, commonly known as photo rejuvenation treatments effectively treat skin conditions such as Rosacea quickly. IPL™ treatments are also effective at treating a variety of skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage. IPL™ technology emits short bursts of a powerful, polychromatic light that penetrate below the surface of the skin in order to target melanin or blood vessels, depending on the type of treatment. The light destroys the melanin or blood vessels and thus destroys things like age spots, spider veins, and acne symptoms. IPL™ can also stimulate collagen production and therefore rejuvenate skin.
Before your treatment, we highly recommend booking in for a free consultation so that you have an opportunity to meet our practitioner who will be conducting your treatment. This is a great opportunity to ask any and all questions that you have about our technology, facility, and what to expect during and after your treatment. We will also discuss pricing with you, as pricing can vary depending on the depth and severity of your veins. We also recommend that before your treatments you ensure that you haven’t had recent sun exposure. It is also important to ensure that after your treatment you will not be exposed to the sun for at least a few weeks. Ideally, minimal direct sun exposure is recommended to maintain a healthy foundation for your skin. If the sun is a must, make sure that you protect your skin with sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing.
During your treatment, you will be required to wear protective eye-wear. Your practitioner will put a clear ultrasound gel on the affected area. She will adjust the settings on the Harmony XL Pro, and begin to slowly glide the laser head over the affected area. You may feel a warming sensation, or a sensation that is similar to a snap of a rubber band. Laser vein treatments are relatively painless, however, everyone’s pain tolerance level is different. Should you experience any pain or severe discomfort, be sure to tell your practitioner immediately. She can adjust the levels according to your needs.
After your treatment you may experience redness or slight swelling of the area. This is normal and should dissipate within one to three days. You may notice your spider veins breaking down over the course of the first day to a few days post-treatment. We encourage you to book a complimentary follow-up appointment to ensure your satisfaction. Multiple treatments may be required for optimal results.
Are IPL™ treatments safe?
All laser treatments offered at LightTouch Med Spa™ have been deemed safe and are Health Canada and FDA approved. If you are unsure, see our list of contraindications below to ensure your safety. If you are still unsure, consult your family physician in addition to our practitioners.
How do I know this is the best treatment option for me?
IPL™ treatments are a fast and effective way to get rid of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne, and more. With minimal downtime, and treatment times being quick, it is a prime candidate when deciding to treat your skin condition. Book a free consultation with one of our practitioners at any of our Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Markham, or Waterloo clinics. During a consultation our practitioner can assess your skin and determine which treatment would be most effective for you, along with approximately how many treatments you’ll need, and the cost. Please note that an IPL™ treatment is typically not possible to be treated on darker skin-tones due to limited technology. The IPL™ stands for Intense-Pulsed-Light which can cause burning or hyperpigmention in darker skin tones if used.
Are these treatments painful?
For the most part IPL™ treatments are not painful. As these are light based treatments, they are typically very gentle and you can expect to feel a warming sensation, or a light rubber band snap. In addition, we do not need to pass over the specific area more than 2 times during the course of the treatment.
Is there down-time after IPL™ treatments?
There is minimal to no down-time after IPL™ treatments for sun damage. As the Intense Pulsed Light treatment is quite strong, you can expect some warmth on the area that will be sensitive or tender to the touch for the following 24 hours. We highly recommend staying out of the sun after any light or laser skincare treatments.
Will I see results right away?
In many cases, either instantly, or within 24 hours patients can notice a difference. This is dependent on a variety of factors including skin tone, the settings of the laser, and how severe the skin condition is. A series of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended in monthly intervals for best results.
Can I have my treatment on the same day as my consultation?
Yes! We would be happy to provide you with a free consultation and treatment during the same day. We ask that you consider both a consultation and treatment when you are booking your initial appointment as we do book up quickly. We want to ensure that we have enough time to spend with you.
How much do sun damage treatments cost?
We recommend booking in for a free consultation so that we can assess your skin. The severity of sun damage may cause fluctuations in pricing. The number of treatments needed will also vary on an individual basis.
Are there contraindications for IPL™ treatments?
There are various contraindications for IPL™ treatments, which include:
- Sunburn or recent sun exposure
- (Hypopigmentation vitiligo)
- A history of seizures
Are there risks associated with body contouring treatments?
Some minor risks include:
- Increased visibility of capillaries
- Hypo or hyper-pigmentation
Why LightTouch Med Spa™?
LightTouch Med Spa™ is a world-class medical spa chain that has been serving Canada and the USA for over fifteen years. With years of knowledge and experience behind us, we are confident in providing you with the medical spa experience and results that will leave you feeling beautiful inside and out. We are a team of advanced professionals who excel at helping our clients achieve their skincare and beauty goals. It is our passion to work with individuals who love to care for their skin.
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To book a free consultation at any of our LightTouch Med Spa™ locations, click here or call our toll-free line at: 1-888-954-2667 today.