Think you know laser? Think again!
Updated: Mar 8, 2022
Introducing the full range of laser services & medical therapies now available at Aluminate Clinic...
If when you think ‘laser’, you only think ‘hair removal for legs’ then it really is time to think again! Lasers have so many fantastic applications in the world of science & technology that perhaps it should come as no surprise that laser technology has multiple uses & benefits in the realm of aesthetics, beauty and self-care too.
However, in our experience, if you mention laser treatment then all that comes to mind for most people is hair removal. And, although permanent laser hair reduction is an effective and lifestyle-changing treatment, laser technology has so much more to offer and is capable of achieving simply amazing therapeutic results.
To fully explore the technology, let’s start with the more familiar area of laser hair removal and how that treatment works - and then we can move on to introduce the laser medical therapies that you may be more surprised to learn about.
IPL for Unwanted Hair Reduction
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) permanent hair reduction targets & disables hair at the follicle to give a permanent reduction in hair growth. During treatment, the light is absorbed by the melanin in the hair and is converted into heat, which damages the follicle making it unable to support further hair growth.
Unwanted hair can be removed from almost anywhere on the body and treatment really is a game-changer in terms of hygiene, convenience and confidence. It’s pretty liberating to never have to even think about waxing or shaving again and never giving a second thought to slipping on a skirt with bare legs or to whether you’re bikini-ready!
We’ve certainly never met anyone who wouldn’t be happy to say goodbye to the mess, inconvenience and sometimes embarrassment of keeping up with hair removal - and no more in-growing hairs, red dots or rashes (especially in intimate areas) is a fantastic bonus. What’s more, finding a permanent solution to unwanted facial hair has really changed some people’s lives and self-esteem.
At Aluminate Clinic, we offer SkinBase IPL. What’s the difference? Apart from being highly effective, what secured SkinBase as the IPL treatment of choice for us is the comfort of the treatment experience. You might have heard that other laser treatments feel like a significant ‘flick’ from an elastic band? Well, both Aluminate’s Amanda, Registered Nurse Prescriber & Aesthetic Nurse, and Dani, Beauty Therapist, have tried this treatment out for themselves and can vouch firsthand that it doesn’t hurt at all. And this pain-free treatment is down to SkinBase’s cooling cryo-handset, which creates an anaesthetic-like effect on the skin’s surface meaning that with SkinBase, there’s no trade-off between comfort and effectiveness.
Medical IPL Therapies
So how can the same Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology be used to treat other skin conditions and concerns? Well, it’s all about being on the right wavelength!
IPL is different to other laser-based systems that only produce a single wavelength of light - and because different, highly precise wavelengths of light can be produced and controlled to target specific structures in the skin, so SkinBase IPL offers a range of aesthetic and therapeutic treatments.
IPL for Sun Damage / Photo-Rejuvenation
Sun damage in the form of age spots and patches of uneven pigmentation can be one of the most visible signs of ageing and can be tricky to treat effectively. During IPL treatment, the light passes through the skin where it is absorbed by the vessels and transformed into heat energy, which in turn triggers the body’s natural repair mechanisms to activate and remove damaged tissue. The light pulses also stimulate collagen production in the treated area, which has a plumping effect thus reducing wrinkles. The results are therefore not only reduced redness and more even pigmentation but fresher-looking & smoother skin too!
IPL for Acne
IPL’s collagen-stimulating properties also make it a great treatment to improve scarring and irregular skin texture caused by acne. IPL’s therapeutic benefits also include reducing inflammation, destroying skin bacteria and preventing the over-production of sebum: IPL therefore reduces future breakouts as well as treating acne-related skin concerns.
IPL for Vascular Lesions, AKA Thread Veins
We know from our clients that thread veins on the face and body can be a real concern. So, it’s great to be able to offer IPL as an effective medical therapy for this too. In fact, IPL not only targets thread veins but can also be used to treat the redness and broken blood vessels characteristic of rosacea and to remove cherry angiomas (those little reddish spots caused by small areas of blood vessel overgrowth). During this form of IPL treatment, the concentrated light energy is absorbed by the haemoglobin proteins in the blood vessels. Then, when the light is converted into heat energy, this causes the vein to collapse and eventually be dispersed. Amazing!
Totally Tailored Treatments at Aluminate
IPL treatment is suitable for the vast majority of skin types and the treatment can be tailored to your needs to achieve your best results - which means that the course of recommended treatment differs from person to person and depending on the treatment target.
But, whichever of the amazing applications of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) you’re interested in, your next step couldn’t be simpler: Book in for a consultation with Amanda, Advanced Aesthetic Nurse & Registered Nurse Prescriber, who will answer your questions, talk you through the treatment and devise your personalised treatment plan.
We’ve seen the light when it comes to IPL, come and join us!
We look forward to welcoming you
Registered Nurse Prescriber. Beauty Therapist