Pure Skin FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - General

FAQs - General
Intense Pulsed Light is a technology where light is converted into heat energy. Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being heal against your skin. The selected light waves target chromophores (colour pigments) such as melanin in brown spots and freckles; and such as hemoglobin in broken or diffused blood vessels. The light waves can also target specific protein molecules in acne bacteria and in collagen. IPL treats all conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface.

There is no age limit but we never treat toddlers. Normally anyone 21 age and above can do the treatment.

Lasers have been used in surgery for years. The IPL is an adaption of the laser, more suited to the beauty industry. The biggest difference between laser and IPL, as far as treatment is concerned, is the coverage. The laser beam is very narrow, only covering a small spot at a time, while IPL coverage is several times at the area, and therefore treatment are much quicker.

IPL technology which evolved from aesthetic laser technologies, functions in almost the same way as laser to disable hair follicles and permanently reduce hair growth. It is safer, more comfortable, more versatile, and often faster than traditional lasers.

Laser produce light from one specific wavelength or colour for a very specific target. The light emitted from the IPL is composed of a spectrum of colours from different wavelength, enabling selective photo-absorption (light absorption) to different targets. In other words, using the IPL is like using a group of lasers in a single treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light targets the colour pigment (melanin) in the hairs. Therefore white hairs cannot be treated. Dark hairs on fair skin have the best and quickest results. Fair hairs will require extra treatment. Caution is required when treating hairs on darker skins; this is explained below and would be discussed more fully during the assessment.

The hair growth cycle:
Hair grow in constant cycles: Firstly hairs are actively growing, then they become dormant (resting), and finally they loosen and shed, only to be replaced by more new, actively growing hairs.

Only hair follicles in the active growth stage are disables by IPL treatments.

Hairs in the dormant stage of the growth cycle normally remain anchored in the follicles for weeks or months, depending on their location, but their follicles and associated hair germination cells are not disabled by IPL treatments. These follicles will be treated in subsequent sessions. This is why you need repeated sessions. Hair growth becomes sparser with each session. All treated hairs should shed within about 2 weeks.

A course of 6 to 12 treatments is usually required to treat hairs at all stages of the hair growth cycle, at 3 to 6 week intervals; which varies depending on hair type and colour, and the location being treated. Fair hairs will require extra treatments.

A maintenance session may be necessary from time to time, due to the development of new hair growth appearing, as our hormonal balance continues to change with age, or due to the influence of stress, illness, disease and drugs i.e. steroids or contraceptive pills.

Consultation and Pro Test
The first appointment will be a comprehensive consultation to answer all your questions and to check that there are no contra-indications to IPL treatments, such as medications which cause photo-sensitivity, and to ascertain the degree of recent sun or UV exposure on the areas to be treated.

The skin colour and the condition to be treated must be assessed. A Pro Test will be applied and we must wait to see the outcome. Some conditions only require a few minutes while others will require a separate appointment of up to 24 hours after the Pro test. It is also very important to be honest about medications and the recent sun or UV exposure.

The areas will need to be shaved before the treatment begins or 2 days before the appointment by yourself.

Clients are required not to wear tight clothing on the treatment day.

The Sharplight IPL is a new technology that have a built-in skin cooling system call Thermo Electric Contact Cooling (TEC). The contact cooling maintains epidermal temperature at close to 5◦ C even during continuous treatment of extensive areas. This skin cooling system will cover the heat sensation. It guarantees maximum skin safety, comfort, no gel and no pain.

Immediate Response:
In most cases there is no visible reaction and you would be expected to be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment.

However, IPL causes heat in the target tissues; therefore it is quite acceptable for the area to slightly redden immediately after treatment, but this would normally dissipate within half an hour. It is possible for the skin to appear slight red for a couple of hours and up to 24 hours.

- Sun exposure and tanning:
Cannot be treated if you have had ultra violet (UV) exposure from the sun or sun beds within the past 4 to 6 weeks.

- Waxing, plucking, threading:
For hair removal treatment, allow the hair to grow just a little (2mm is enough), immediately prior to the treatment day. It is advisable to shave between appointments.

- Bleach or depilatory cream:
These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments

- AHA Creams, Glycolic or Chemical Peels:
These products should not be used for at least one week before IPL treatments.

For 24 hours after each IPL treatment
- No sun exposure or UV exposure of sun beds
- Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
- No depilatory, AHA, glycolic or salicylic creams
- No heat treatment, e.g. Sauna, hot yoga or hot shower
- No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths
- No deodorant – if underarms treated
- No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotion, etc.

- Always wear a good sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
- Avoid excessive sun or UV exposure. Cover up and be sun-safe

- Redness and swelling of the skin are normal. They are harmless effects which usually disappear within half an hour, but can occasionally be visible for two to thirty hours. In extremely cases blistering may occur, which heals in a few days. Cooling, healing gel or ice-packs should be applied frequently to alleviate discomfort. Treat this situation as you would for sun burn.
- Scabbing is possible after blistering. It is extremely important NOT to pick scabs off the skin as they are protecting the underlying skin while it heals itself. If you pick a scab off, the healing process will stop and you could be felt with little pock marks.
- If any signs of redness and swelling are still present after 48 hours of treatment, please contact the consultant for further advice, in the meantime, treat as sun burn.

Light produced by laser and IPL is absorbed by the colour pigment, melanin which is present in our hair and skin. Caution is required when treating people with dark skins, Asian skins and some others skins which tan very easily. Hyper-pigmentation or blanching of the skin is likely to occur if these is too much melanin present in the skin. It is possible to treat medium to medium/dark skins on a low intensity. The consultation and the Pro Test will determine whether each individual can be treated.

Hair grows in repeating cycles, and only in the actively growing phase does the hair contain enough pigment to absorb sufficient energy to disable the hair follicle. When hair is in the dormant phase, it has little or no pigment, and it cannot absorb the light. During treatment, we disable all of the hair follicles with actively growing hair in the treatment area. A few weeks later, some of the dormant hairs will have moved into the actively growing stage and you will need to have another session to disable those. As this cycle gets repeated, you experience increasing reduction of hair.

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Pure Skin (M) Sdn Bhd
(1145133-T)

No.15-11, The Boulevard,
Signature Office, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2283 8228
Email: info@pureskin.com.my
Web: www.pureskin.com.my

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