The sunlight in New Zealand is very strong - it's easy for our skin to become burned and damaged. UVA affects the deepest layers and breaks down collagen and elastin which are responsible for keeping the skin youthful. UVB can burn the superficial skin layers which stimulates the cells responsible for producing melanin to create brown patches. UVB also damages the capillary network resulting in redness.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a very effective method of rejuvenating the skin and reversing sun damage, not only does it help to remove discolourations, improve tone and refine the pores it also stimulates collagen and elastin production making the skin appear plumper and delaying the signs of further deterioration and damage.
- Full Face $250
- Half Face $150
- Neck $150
- Décolleté $150
- Full Arms $250
- Forearms $150
- Shoulders $100
- Top of back $100
- Hands and fingers $80 - $100
- 1-10 Individual shots $50
- 11-20 Individual shots $80
We use the Lumenis M22 IPL machine for our photorejuvenation treatments. Lumenis are a world leader in aesthetic technology which is why we chose this machine for our clinic.
Frequently asked questions
Please call us on 09 274 6833 or use our Contact Us form if you have any further questions.
IPL technology targets the pigment in the skin. Darker skin tones have more pigment (melanin) so there is a risk of too much energy being absorbed by a darker skin tone which means there is potential for damage. So this treatment is best for light to medium skin tones. Your therapist will assess your skin and if there is any concern then a patch test must be done to make sure the treatment is safe.
If IPL is not suitable for you then OMNILUX light therapy could be a good alternative option as it's suitable for every skin type.
A series of treatments is recommended for the best results, usually 3 to 5 treatments at 4 weekly intervals. Your therapist will be able to tell you what's best for you at the consultation.
We can definitely treat pigmentation on the hands with IPL. The most popular areas to be treated are the face and neck, back of the hands and decolletage as these are the areas that get most exposure to the environment. The top of the head can also be treated - this is popular with men who have a lot of sun damage on their scalp.
A major benefit is that photorejuvenation stimulates the skin to naturally produce more collagen which makes the skin appear plumper and delays further ageing. It is very good for refining the appearance of the pores and for improving discolourations so the tone of the skin appears more even.
There is a momentary sensation of heat with each flash of light but the treatment is very quick and most people tolerate it well. The cooling head on the hand-piece of the Lumenis M22 helps to make it more comfortable.
Straight after the treatment your skin will look pink/red and may be slightly swollen, it will feel hot. We recommend OMNILUX red light treatment following photorejuvenation as it speeds the recovery time and enhances the end result. Any brown pigment (melanin) will begin to darken and will gradually flake off over the following few days, it may take 10-14 days before it's completely gone. You can apply a good mineral foundation, such as jane iredale, over the treated area to disguise it if you wish. It's important to allow the darkened pigment to fall off in it's own time - no picking or rubbing.
Before the treatment you should protect your skin with SPF30 for at least a month and avoid all exposure to UV and also avoid using fake tan. If you use Vitamin A skincare then stop this 2 days before your treatment as this may make the skin slightly sensitive. Some topical and oral medications can cause photosensitivity so please make sure you give your therapist a full list of any medicines you are using prior to the treatment.
You will be given instructions to take home with details of the do's and don'ts to make sure you get the best from your treatment.
We recommend gentle exfoliation by microdermabrasion/hydrabrasion or a gentle superficial peel two weeks after your treatment to help renew the skin.
To maintain your results it's important to protect your skin from future UV exposure.