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Hate waxing or shaving, are your fine lines and wrinkles, age spots or other skin imperfections making you look old? Could your breasts do with a lift, or maybe go up a cup size? …….. then read on!!

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions, such as facial skin imperfections, the signs of aging, birthmarks, unwanted hair, unsightly small veins, and other  blemishes.  It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior cosmetic results and outstanding satisfaction.  

The new procedure is called “Photo-rejuvenation” and it is offered here at Eden Beauty Clinic. IPL Photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that erases skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface, hence, no “downtime.”  Intense Pulse Light (IPL™) can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, such as broken capillaries, skin discoloration, age spots, freckles, mottled pigmentation, and the symptoms of rosacea. 

How is the Photo rejuvenation procedure performed?
A cold gel is usually applied to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light.  The smooth glass surface of the IPL hand-piece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied.  You may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a rubber band.  An anaesthetic cream may  be used, but is seldom required.  Treatment is generally administered in a series  of procedures that provides excellent long-term results, minimal adverse effects, 
and high satisfaction.  Each treatment takes about twenty minutes. 

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 to six treatment sessions may be recommended.  You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities.  By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk-and, it preserves the wonderful “no downtime” feature that people appreciate so much. 

How do other treatments compare to Photo-rejuvenation?
While there are lasers that treat red spots, other lasers treat browns, and others yet that are used for resurfacing facial skin, no technology provides long-term improvement of complexion and texture of the IPL Photo-rejuvenation program all without the slightest interruption in your busy lifestyle. 

What conditions can Photo-rejuvenation treat?
Imperfections from Sun Damage and Photo-aging. Enlarged pores, dull complexions, and other facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your well-being and appearance, no matter how healthy and  young you feel.  IPL technology improves both the superficial and the deeper skin layers and rejuvenates the skin while at the same time delivering beneficial thermal energy to deep tissue.  After a series of treatments, you can see a  significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of smoother, revitalized skin.  The same treatment can be used effectively on the neck, chest, and hands. 

What is RF and how does it work in Skin Rejuvenation?
Radio Frequency (RF) is another way of providing heat to the dermal layer of the skin without the use of light. The heat caused by the friction of speeding water molecules has an instant tightening effect on loose skin and stimulates the formation of fibroblasts and production of collagen and elastin.  This tightening / toning effect can be seen and felt in most cases immediately after the treatment. Radio frequency is also used by itself around the eyes targeting the crows feet and other lines and wrinkles without the risk of incidental light damage from the IPL treatment handle. The resulting smoother skin and smaller pores make RF an essential anti-ageing weapon.

Treatment for Unwanted Hair 

Imagine not having to shave, tweeze, wax, or go through electrolysis again… Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology offers a gentle, non-invasive, long-lasting  solution to unwanted hair on the face, back, legs, bikini line, or any other body  area.  Based on technology used for nearly a decade in the treatment of port- wine stains and other birthmarks, IPL photo-epilation has been performed safely
for many years, effectively eliminating dozens of hairs with each impulse. 

Is it right for you?
More advanced than even lasers, IPL is the first photo-epilation technology proven to treat unwanted hair safely on any skin type from very white to very dark.  In order to ensure the best outcome, you may be asked about your medical history and skin type in order to estimate the results you expect from your customized treatment program. 

How Does IPL remove hair?
Highly controlled flashes of light are selectively absorbed by hair-filled follicles lying below the surface of the skin.  The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle.  All without damaging  the surrounding tissue. 

What happens during the treatment?
It begins by trimming away the hair above the skin.  You may be asked to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light.  Next, a cold gel (similar to ultrasound gel) may be spread over the treatment area.  The IPL handpiece is then applied to your skin and pulses of light begin disabling your unwanted hair.  When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it.  The remaining hair in the treatment area falls out over the next week of two. 

What does the treatment feel like?
Each pulse of light feels like a slight sting or pinch, similar to a snap or a rubber band.  No local anaesthesia is required and most people tolerate the treatment well. 

Can all the hair be treated?
IPL’s unique design offers you customized treatment according to your hair colour, texture, and body location.  Any hair with at least slight pigment in it (black, brown, red and even blond) can be treated effectively. 

How does Radio frequency work in hair reduction?
Radio frequency (RF) causes water molecules to pass by each other, creating friction and thus heat. When treating lighter hair with light sensitive skin or darker hair, the energy can be kept at a lower and safer level to avoid skin injury, but to compensate for this lack of energy, the radio frequency provides the additional heat and thus provides a more effective result. This is the reason why normal IPL doe not treat light brown, red, grey or blond hair.

Why do I need several  treatments?
It is only during the Anagen or growth phase of hair that the follicle is most susceptible due to its amount of melanin ( dark pigment ) and anatomical support that reacts with the  pulse of light.  Since not all hair is at this growth phase at one time, several treatments are required to successfully treat the selected area.

Is IPL safe for all skin types?
IPL is the first photo epilation procedure proven to effectively treat unwanted hair on all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals such as those of Black, Indian and Asian descent. 

Are there any potential side effects?
Side effects are rare.  You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling 
at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours.  On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically resolves quickly.  Also, the skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks.  Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications.  Following the treatment, you can resume all regular activities immediately. 

What kind of results should I expect?
IPL technology has been proven to create a permanent reduction in the number  of regrowing hairs following each treatment in most skin types.  The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific kind of hair and skin.  A customized treatment program will be designed for you along with an estimate of how many treatments you may need in order to meet your expectations. 

“Broken Capillaries” and “Spider Veins”
A simple, inexpensive procedure from removal of unwanted vascular blemishes. Vascular blemishes are commonly called “broken capillaries” or “spider veins,” and can take many different forms.  The medical name for these unsightly vessels is Telangiectasia.  The cluster of capillaries under the eye or on the nose, the “blood dot”  on the upper lip, the vessels on the side of the nose, neck or upper chest, are  all forms of vascular blemishes.  Unfortunately, most people live their entire lifetime not knowing these disfiguration blemishes can be easily and safely removed.  

What causes these blemishes?
There are many different causes of vascular blemishes, but the single greatest cause is heredity.  Fair-skinned people are prone to develop vascular blemishes.  Ageing, excessive sun, or cold exposure, wear and tear on the skin and trauma (such as abrasion) can cause the condition.  Improper b lack head extraction is a common injury that causes telangiectasia. 

Does alcohol cause the condition?
Surprisingly, medical research does not include moderate alcohol consumption as a common cause.  But some research shows that certain diseases cause vascular blemishes.  So, experts recommend that a doctor examine your blemishes to rule out disease.  Be assured, however, that nearly all cases of telangiectasia are not disease-related, but simply a matter of environment. 

What is the treatment?
Amazing, as it seems, the pulse of light emitted reacts with the water and haemoglobin molecules to shrink and coagulate the vessel.  The vessel “dries-up” and is eliminated.  Scaring or marking after treatment almost never occurs. 

What about laser?
One of the most exciting inventions in medical technology is the laser.  Laser is effective for removing large birthmarks (“port wine stain”), but is not recommended for most common vascular blemishes.  Although effective, laser often coagulates too much surrounding skin and causes post-operative marking, bruising and, in rare cases, scaring.  Furthermore, laser treatments are extravagantly expensive compared to conventional IPL. 

 Breast Lifting and beautification?
Sometimes extreme dieting /weight loss, decreasing Estrogen levels, after 40’s or naturally having small, unsymmetrical or uneven breasts can be an issue that affects a large number of women, physically as well as psychologically.  The procedure takes about 45 minutes to one hour, is comfortable and generally leaves patients feeling great even after the first treatment. 

How does it work?
A very safe pulse of light (micro-beam) stimulates the breast cells to become normalised again. This causes the skin to tighten, rejuvenate, renew, and regain normalised  function again.  This leads to the galactophorous (milk producing) matrix to increase causing the breast to lift as well as become smoother in texture. The treatment is combined with massaging of the breast to further stimulate the breast cells to grow. 

Will this treatment cause breast cancer?
There has been no medical evidence to link these treatments to any type of cancer. There is no UV light emitted from the equipment as you get from solariums.  It is recommended however, if you have had any family history of breast cancer to consult you local doctor for further advise. 

How many treatments will I need?
On average, 6 –8 treatments provide an increase in a cup size.   A number of other factors must be observed, such as proper diet, minimum exposure to the sun, hydration, exercise and generally good health.

How do I start?
You can book for free initial consultation and skin analysis. The procedure to be undertaken is explained in detail together with expected results and a patch test is carried out to make sure there is no reaction to the light treatment and to ascertain the initial treatment parameters. 

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