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Limelight IPL

Limelight IPL is a cutting-edge cosmetic treatment that uses the magic of intense pulsed light therapy. Say goodbye to skin imperfections as this remarkable procedure targets specific skin elements like melanin and haemoglobin, beautifully reducing discolouration, redness, and more. Ideal for those seeking skin improvement with minimal downtime, Limelight IPL is versatile and addresses sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

Limelight IPL treatment can also be combined with Laser Genesis for our ultimate 3D Renew treatment combining the benefits of IPL with our Nd:YAG laser for exceptional skin rejuvenation.

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IPL laser, or Intense Pulsed Light therapy, emits intense pulses of light energy that target specific chromophores in the skin, such as melanin (for pigmentation) and haemoglobin (for blood vessels). The light energy is absorbed by these chromophores, breaking them down and reducing the appearance of skin imperfections like sunspots, freckles, redness, and more. IPL’s non-invasive approach makes it a safe and effective option for skin rejuvenation.

Limelight IPL is perfect for improving skin imperfections like brown spots, redness, and fine lines on the face, neck, chest, and hands. It suits fair to medium skin tones with no tan or sunburn. Individuals with dark or deeply tanned skin may not be suitable as the pigments in the skin can absorb too much of the light energy, which can result in skin damage. A consultation is vital to ensure Limelight IPL is suitable for your needs and skin type.

There is no conclusive evidence that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy causes cancer. IPL is considered a safe and non-invasive cosmetic procedure for various skin concerns.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and lasers are both light-based skin treatments, but they have distinct characteristics. Lasers use a single wavelength of light, allowing precise targeting of specific skin issues. On the other hand, IPL employs a broad spectrum of light, making it versatile for treating multiple concerns simultaneously. The choice between IPL and lasers depends on individual skin needs and the advice of a qualified professional.

To prepare for Limelight IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment, follow these steps for optimal results and safety:

  1. Avoid sun exposure for two weeks before the treatment to reduce skin damage risk.
  2. Discuss any medications you take with our practitioners to manage skin sensitivity during treatment.
  3. Refrain from using retinoids and exfoliants one week before the session to minimise complications.
  4. Shave the treatment area if it has hair for better light energy absorption.
  5. Follow our pre-treatment guidelines emailed to you for safe and effective Limelight IPL treatment.

Yes, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) can be used to treat rosacea. IPL is a popular and effective non-invasive treatment for reducing the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. The light energy in IPL targets the blood vessels that cause the redness and breaks them down, leading to a reduction in redness and an improvement in overall skin tone. For the best results, we advise combining IPL with Laser Genesis in our 3D Renew treatment, which can further enhance the skin’s texture and tone.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is generally extremely safe, but risks include temporary redness, pigment changes, and rare cases of blistering or burns. Skin sensitivity and unwanted hair growth may also occur. Scarring is extremely rare. It’s crucial to consult an experienced practitioner and follow pre- and post-treatment instructions to minimise risks.

There are several alternatives to LimeLight IPL for treating various skin concerns:

  • Chemical Peels: Remove dead skin cells and improve fine lines, wrinkles, and skin tone.
  • Skin Boosters: Hydrate and improve skin texture using hyaluronic acid.
  • Laser Genesis: Stimulate collagen production for fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.
  • RF Microneedling: Use radiofrequency energy to improve skin texture and tone.
  • CO2 Laser: Resurface skin to address fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars.