Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of the following skin problems:
• Vascular lesions including hemangiomas, port wine
stains, spider veins, facial redness, and
• Facial lines and wrinkles
• Brown spots, age spots, melasma
• Acne and facial scars
• Stretch Marks
• Removal of unwanted hair
The procedure of rejuvenating sun-damaged and aging skin is referred to as photorejuvenation or a photofacial and requires a series of IPL treatments.
Muskoka Laser Clinic and Wellness Centre’s state-of-the-art IPL system works on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour, such as hair, blood, and melanin, also known as “chromophores” in the skin. When light energy is absorbed by hair, blood or melanin cells, it is converted into thermal energy, which in turn causes thermal damage to these specific chromophores. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Our IPL system uses highly-advanced filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and ensures that only the desired chromophores (hair, blood vessels, and melanin) are targeted during treatment, and that healthy skin cells are left untouched and intact.
Furthermore, IPL therapy is a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). As a result, IPL is an effective and safe treatment that requires little to no down-time. Many of our clients can have their treatments during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.
Photo facials are among the most innovative and effective of all skin rejuvenation services in the industry. A series of Photo facial treatments spaced approximately 3-4 weeks apart will result in a more evenly-toned, and youthful appearance. Furthermore, Photo facials can significantly diminish sun damage and treat a variety of skin problems, such as:
Through the use of sophisticated Intense Pulsed Light/Laser technology, your Muskoka Laser Clinic IPL Specialist will expertly distribute precise amounts of light energy through the skin’s surface to promote the production of collagen. As new collagen forms, it begins to improve the appearance of aging, and damaged skin. Fine rhytids (lines) are softened and the redness caused by Rosacae and sensitive skin can be substantially aleviated. Photo facials provide a more youthful appearance and improve skin texture with absolutely no downtime, allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately!
Common Questions about Photo facials
After only one or two Photo facial sessions at Muskoka Laser Clinic, your skin will have a more even tone with a smoother look and feel. Pore sizes, fine lines, acne and rosacae symptoms will steadily improve with each treatment.
You can expect little to no irriation after your Muskoka Laser Clinic photo facial. Your skin may have slight reddened appearance and brown spots or capillaries may be darker and more visible. Facial redness will disappear shortly, while dark spots and veins will gradually lighten over the next 3 to 13 days.
Muskoka Laser Clinic’s intense pulsed light technology releases exact doses of light energy to the skin. During your treatment, light energy is softly delivered through a special hand-piece to the targeted area. Levels of energy specific to your skin type and condition are used to maximize your improvement. Once delivered, the light energy is absorbed by the targeted damaged tissue. After any of your treatments, it is essential to follow all home care instructions given by your Muskoka Laser Clinic IPL/Laser Specialist, including the use of sunscreen and refraining from any heat-producing activities (i.e. cardiovascular exercise, hot baths, etc.) for at least 24 hours.
Depending on the area treated and the extent of skin damage, most MLC clients require an average of 5 treatments. Treatments sessions usually range from 15 to 30 minutes in length. Treatments are generally spaced at approximately 3-4 week intervals.
As the pulses of energy are delivered to your skin through the hand piece, most clients describe the sensation to be similar to the snap of a rubber band. After your treatment at Muskoka Laser Clinic, discomfort is minimal to none.
The best candidates are those who have:
Absolutely. Muskoka Laser Clinic uses only state-of-the-art light- based technology. Our Angelite IPL/Laser is the most advanced, medical grade system that targets only damaged tissue while leaving surrounding tissue intact.
Photo facial Treatments are just one of the several effective and safe treatments offered by Muskoka Laser Clinic.
Acne is one of the most common, yet emotionally-debilitating skin conditions. Regardless of age, skin type or lifestyle, approximately 80% of the world’s population will suffer from acne at some time in their lives. Most mainstream medical and over-the-counter acne treatments are either ineffective or result in serious and bothersome side effects. Furthermore, medically prescribed oral medications such as Accutane and tetracycline can have serious adverse health affects such as liver and kidney damage and birth defects.
Now, you can clear mild to moderate inflammatory acne with no side effects, discomfort, photosensitivity or downtime. MLC’s IPL acne treatments utilize a high intensity light source to permeate bacteria and reduce inflammation quickly and easily-with absolutely no side effects, downtime, or exposure to harmful medications. IPL acne treatments in combination with industry-leading Dermalogica skin care products will make your skin clearer, brighter and healthier. Your MLC IPL/Laser Specialist will provide you with a free skin analysis in order to prescribe an effective and individual course of treatment just for you. IPL acne clearing is just one of the many effective treatments provided at Muskoka Laser Clinic.
Microdermabrasion is the new “lunch time” procedure of professional mechanical skin exfoliation. It stimulates the production of new collagen, and is less aggressive and safer than laser resurfacing. Muskoka Laser Clinic uses only the most advanced diamond-tip Delphia™ microdermabrasion technology to provide you with the ultimate professional exfoliation experience. This MLC procedure requires no anesthetic or downtime and can literally be done over your lunch hour. During your microdermabrasion treatment at Muskoka Laser Clinic, a diamond-tipped wand, attached to suction is passed over your skin, during which the outer keratin layer of your skin is removed. MLC’s Delphia™ Diamond Microdermabrasion technology can improve the appearance of a variety of skin conditions:
While the effects of microdermabrasion are not as dramatic as those of laser resurfacing, recovery time after microdermabrasion is much quicker, and poses substantially less, if any risk of infection and scarring. While some patients experience a slight “pinking” of the skin, patients can generally resume all of their regular activities immediately afterwards. Following your first microdermabrasion treatment your skin will be both smoother and more radiant than ever.
Frequently asked questions regarding microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a scientific method, during which a diamond-tipped wand attached to suction is used to mechanically polish or exfoliate the skin’s outer layer of dead skin cells. In as little as 40 minutes, this gentle, professional exfoliation procedure produces impressive results. Treatments are best applied as a course of weekly or bi-weekly sessions. A series of Microdermabrasion treatments at Muskoka Laser Clinic, will enhance your skin’s condition by stimulating collagen production, and providing you with a more radiant, youthful appearance. Further more, it is safe for most skin types and all skin colours.
You will notice an immediate improvement after your first treatment. Your skin will have a fresh, radiant glow and a smoother texture. Improvements will continue throughout the course of your MLC treatment program.
IPL Laser Hair Removal means never having to shave, tweeze, or wax. Forget about painful nicks and cuts, unsightly stubble and uncomfortable ingrown hair. Start IPL laser hair removal now and achieve smooth, sleek, sexy and sensuous skin. With IPL laser hair removal from Muskoka Laser Clinic, every inch of your skin will be as smooth as you want it to be, without pain, hassle or mess.
IPL Laser hair removal at Muskoka Laser Clinic is safe and effective. Recent advances in laser hair removal technology now make it possible to permanently reduce unwanted body hair, quickly and easily, with proven long-term results. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best, most effective IPL laser hair removal services available.
IPL Lasers have been used for over a decade for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including the treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and smoothing fine lines on the face. Muskoka Laser Clinic utilizes state-of-the-art technology to customize your treatment depending upon your skin type and hair density. Our IPL laser hair removal systems emit a precise beam of pulsating light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where the energy is absorbed by melanin (or pigment) that gives color to the hair shaft. The IPL laser’s energy is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair and transferred to the surrounding hair follicle.
The unique design and long wavelength of our IPL lasers at Muskoka Laser Clinic allow us to treat patients of most skin tones and types.
IPL Laser hair removal can be performed on almost any area of the body for men and women – from small areas such as your upper lip, underarms, bikini area, chin, neck, and face, to larger areas such as arms, chest, back, legs, buttocks and abdomen. Facial and bikini area sessions are usually completed in less than 5 minutes; while legs and larger areas can take longer.
The procedure varies from patient to patient depending on the amount of hair and the area treated. Generally, your Muskoka Laser Clinic treatment will begin by trimming away or shaving the hair above the skin to be treated. Protective glasses will be provided to shield your eyes from the laser's bright light. Next, the IPL laser's hand piece will then be applied to the skin to deliver the pulses of light needed to begin disabling your unwanted hair. The best results have been achieved on dark, coarse hair, but other factors may influence the treatment process, and are generally best evaluated and discussed in person. We offer complimentary consultations.
The numbers of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depend on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair’s growth cycle. Your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hairs’ location, thickness and resilience. Most people require an average of 6 treatments to achieve desired results.
The IPL laser is most effective at disabling "actively growing" hairs during treatment. It is during the “anagen” growth phase that the hair shaft contains the greatest abundance of melanin, the target of the laser light. Many hair follicles are in their resting or regressive stages at any given time. The length of the growth cycles also vary slightly by body area. Your treatment plan will be customized to obtain optimal results.
Hair grows in cycles. The IPL laser is only effective on hair in its actively growing phase or “anagen” stage. At any one time there will only be certain hairs in that growing phase. This means that consistent treatments at appropriate intervals are absolutely necessary for the best possible results. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin, hair colouring, coarseness of the hair and density per treated area.
The IPL laser hair removal system causes permanent reduction in the number of hairs growing in an area. Because hair grows in three phases, and each hair goes through these stages independently, it is almost impossible for one IPL laser treatment to permanently reduce all hair in a given area. Clinical studies which have followed patients for one year after completing two treatments, have shown that reduction in hair growth was stable for the duration of that time. While individual results may vary, patients typically find that it takes 6 to 8 treatments to get the desired results. Because of the natural growth cycles of your facial hair, six treatments spaced 4 weeks apart are generally required for a completely successful course of IPL laser hair removal treatment.
You can return to work or resume normal activities immediately following your IPL laser hair removal procedure. However, since some redness may occur, you may want to plan your work or social engagements accordingly. This may last from a few minutes to several days depending on the area treated and your skin's sensitivity.
Most people experience no side effects at all, though few exhibit some short-term localized reddening of the surrounding skin. You can return to your regular activities immediately after treatment, although it is advisable to keep the skin protected from exposure to direct sunlight for a short period of time.
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