What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which means that the light that the eye will see as a flash comes in pulses. The skin will have time to be cooled in between each little pulse, which makes the light more gentle on the skin than laser. Laser has a fixed wavelength and IPL is working with a broad spectrum of wavelengths. Using a filter that filters out the wavelengths you do not want, and you will have a light that can be either red – hair removal, yellow – skin improvement or blue – acne. The light is absorbed by a chromophore, a target such as melanin when it comes to red light and hair removal. When the light is absorbed by the target (e.g. hair roots) is the energy converted to heat that will destroy the targeted cells and you will have a selective destruction of the target organ.
What happens during treatment?
For you to get more detailed information before the treatment usually a consultation meeting is booked at you salon or clinic. The therapist then goes through a number of questions and goes through the treatment step by step. Sometimes a patch test is done on a small area in order to be able to feel how it feels, to see how effectively the treatment works on your hairs and skin type.
You will lie comfortably on a treatment bed. Your eyes will be covered eye protection glasses or special pads, to ensure that the light does not irritate your eyes.
The treatment area is shaved, disinfected and inspected. A thick layer of cold Cool & Protect Gel is applied over the area that is to be treated to cool the skin. The gel also works as a contact between the treatment sapphire and the skin, and leads the light towards the skin. It is important to have a good dialogue with the therapist and let her/him know if anything feels uncomfortable. The treatment is then carried out by trained personnel.
The harmless, long-wave red light is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in hair and hair follicles and is converted into heat. At 70°C there will be a destruction of the proteins in the hair cells and hair follicles that are in the active phase of their growth cycle. When the structure of the follicle is destroyed, no new hair can grow in the same follicle again.
What should you consider before, between and after treatments?
At a consultation the hairs to be treated should be visible so they can be assessed. The colour of the hair, thickness, type and growth density needs to be assessed. Before the treatment the hairs in the treatment area are shaved. Small areas are often shaved in the clinic, while larger areas preferably are shaved at home to save time and facilitate the treatment. Shave at home at the earliest the day before the treatment. Follow the recommendations of your clinic.
We recommend using home care products to ensure the moisture level in the skin before and after the treatment.
Aqua Charge Gel helps the skin retain its natural moisture and makes it feel pleasant throughout the day. Thanks to its unique formula the moisture balance is regulated both from the in and outside of the skin, when it reactivates the skins natural moisture control. The gel also prevents the formation of lines and wrinkles by increasing the suppleness of the skin. The special composition of the gel is based on different plant extracts, specially selected for their quality and efficiency. The gel is free from animal products.
We recommend the client to use the Aqua Charge Gel as a moisturizer for a week before treatment with Powerlite IPL. The gel can be used day and night, both face and body, whenever the skin needs extra moisture.
Conditioning Up Essence is used after treatment with Powerlite IPL. It is an excellent moisturiser that restores the skin´s natural moisture balance. This unique product caresses the skin in a silky protective coating.
We recommend the client to use Conditioning Up Essence for a week after hair removal treatment with Powerlite IPL. Because it contains enzymes with soybean extract that accelerates cell renewal, this particular composition makes the hairs fall out faster. The product can be used day and night on both face and body. Let your skin rest from the sun or tanning bed one month before treatment and one week after treatment and always use high sun protection factor. The treated area may have become more sensitive to light. It is also important not to use self-tanning products for two weeks before the treatment and not using carotene supplements. You can use make-up in the treated area after treatment.
Rule of hair removal; the skin in the treatment area should never be tanned. This is important so the light is absorbed by the hair only, and not by the surrounding skin.
Between treatments hair can be removed as usual with possibly shaving, waxing, cutting or tweezers. Avoid waxing or plucking with tweezers if you want to do your treatments close together with minimal intervals. After waxing or tweezing the hairs need time to grow back before the treatment can be done, approximately 4-6 weeks. If there is no hair in the hair follicle, the dermal papilla will not be destroyed and the treatment is ineffective.
Why do you need to repeat the treatment several times?
The hair growth phases plays a big part when it comes to hair removal. The hairs constantly switches between three phases; anagen, catagen and telogen phase. Time for each phase is individual and varies from person to person.
The anagen phase is the hairs growing phase and it is only hairs in this phase that respond to treatment with IPL. In anagen phase the hair root is in contact with the dermal papilla that gives nourishment to the root, and it is this structure that we want to destroy.
The percentage of hairs in anagen phase varies a lot between different parts of the body. On average about 30% of the hairs you see is in anagen phase. At each treatment around 60-90% of the 30% growing hairs are normally destroyed. On average about 4-8 treatments are required on a client with optimal conditions, ie light skin and dark and thick hairs.
The hairs grows for a period of time and then goes in to rest for a few months before it falls out. The time for the hairs to grow and rest varies in different parts of the body, and it is also individual between each person. You never know which hairs are growing or resting when treating an area, but only the growing hairs will be treated. That is why you need to repeat the treatment several times on the same area.
How many treatments are needed?
It is necessary to repeat the treatment because only hairs in anagen growth phase is successfully treated. You get a gradual thinning of the hair growth. Number of treatments needed is individual and varies depending on the area that is to be treated and the colour and thickness of the hairs. On average about 4-8 treatments are required on a client with optimal conditions, that is light skin with dark and thick hairs. If one of these parameters are not optimal more treatments may be required. Of course it is up to the client to decide when you feel satisfied with the result.
At really excessive and thick hair growth, for example beard, may also require more treatments due to there may be many phases to go through before a thinning effect is noticeable. There is often a large build up of heat in the skin when the hairs are growing so close together and also are so thick, that the intensity of the treatment needs to be adjusted. Soft, thin and very fine hairs does not absorb much light energy, which means there will not be any good results from the treatments. Treatment of thin hairs are often dissuaded. Not enough heat energy will build up to destroy the dermal papilla.
What does Skin Improvement with Powerlite IPL mean?
Powerlite IPL uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to rejuvenate the skin. The treatment is gentle and effective and occurs below the skin surface. IPL pass through the outer layer of the skin and is absorbed by a target that gets heated. Small fine vessels and redness in skin can be reduced, rosacea, sun-damaged skin, aged skin, acne, hyper pigmentations and reduction of enlarged pores. The formation of new collagen in the skin is stimulated and the natural ageing of the skin is slowed down. The skin receives a more even skin tone which gives a nice lustre and a smoother appearance.
It is on our face we first notice how the skin changes, based on age and type of living such as sun, weather conditions, alcohol and smoking, and we all know we can not turn back time. However, now there is a unique method that will rejuvenate skin cells and slow down the aging process using light.
Many of us may not have a perfect complexion, but a lot can actually be done to maintain and nurture the skin we have. Skin age both naturally and due to harmful UV rays and heredity. With aging, the skin becomes less elastic, this leads to wrinkles and dry skin. We can offer a modern and well-tried method aimed to stimulate new collagen formation which reduces fine lines and gives a more youthful, luminous skin.
Today there are a variety of methods and products designed to rejuvenate the structure of the skin. IPL is a 100% natural method to rejuvenate skin cells and structures. Powerlite Facial is a painless treatment that provides visible results. Non-invasive or recovery time.
Treatment indications can be superficial red blood vessels, unwanted pigmentations, age spots, sun-damaged skin, acne, rosacea, enlarged pores. Areas exposed to the harmful rays of the sun is usually treated such as face, neck, décolletage and hands where the skin age a little faster.
What happens in a treatment with Powerlite?
Treatment begins with a consultation where the therapist goes through the treatment step by step. All skin types and skin conditions can not be treated and wheather you can be treated or not will be determined in the consultation.
In Powerlite Facial a yellow intense pulsed light is used. All layers of the skin are treated with Powerlite. The treatment has an astringent effect on enlarged pores. The light stimulates a specialized cell in dermis, fibroblast cell, to increased formation of new collagen- and elastin fibers. Fine lines and uneven skin structure is gradually improved after a series of treatments, course of treatments. Powerlite attack the problem from the inside, i.e. the process takes place below the skin surface and there will be no damage to the skin.
How does it work?
After consultation time for treatment is booked. The skin is cleansed an inspected. It is important that no make up, perfume or other products is on the skin. Aqua Charge Gel ( a moisturizing gel specially developed for the treatment with IPL) is applied to the treatment area to ensure the moisture in the skin (see treatments products). In hairy areas (thick hairs) it is important to shave these hairs not to burn the skin. The eyes are covered with eye protection. Refrigerator cold Cool & Protect Gel is applied over the treatment area, to cool the skin. This gel will also absorb possible after heat formed in the skin during treatment, that would otherwise stay and burn the skin. A yellow light is used. When stimulating new collagen a relatively low effect on the machine is used and it the light pulse only feels a little warm. The treatment is done systematically over the entire area and some areas are avoided such as brows, hairline, nipples, lips and close to the eyes. The treatment handle emit short light pulses that may be perceived as blinding, but are completely harmless, therefore eye protection is always used. After the treatment Cool & Protect Gel is wiped off and Conditioning Up Essence (moisturizing) is applied to the area
and possibly sun protection cream.
In treatments of vascular lesions or hyper pigmentations, these are often treated locally. Then a higher setting of the machine is used and the light pulses can be perceived as a flick of the skin, the sensation is quickly gone and no anesthesia is needed. After treatment with high energy as for vascular lesions and pigmentations the skin may feel hot and warm for a while, it is transient.
How many treatments are needed?
Number of treatments needed depends on skin type and what type of skin problem that is to be treated. In general 2-5 treatments are required, with an interval of about 3-4 weeks between treatments. The reason why you wait between treatments is because you want the skin to benefit from one treatment before the next one is done. There is improvement after each treatment and you can decide for yourself when you feel satisfied with the result. Often it takes up to three weeks before you see the result from each treatment, and there is no point in having shorter intervals.
In skin rejuvenating treatments that stimulates new collagen you have to take into account the starting condition of the skin. A younger skin, for example a 30-year old usually do not need as many treatments as a more mature skin such as a 60-year old.
Sporadic vessels, pigmentations or smaller sun damage usually only requires a single or a couple of treatments. More extensive problems with pigmentations, sun-damages and diffuse redness often requires more treatments, between 2-5 treatments, to get a more sustained effect and optimal results.
It is important to emphasize that the results do not last forever, and recommendation is to repeat the treatment after some time. You can either do a new course of treatments when necessary, or approximately 1-2 treatments per year. How long the effects lasts depends on the quality of the skin, skin care routines and if you are careful with the harmful rays of the sun.
What results can you expect?
The results varies for each individual. Factors affecting the skin and its aging are for example skin type, age, lifestyle, stress level, alcohol, sun-tanning, metabolism, hormones, ethnic origin and medications among others. After each treatment you will see a gradual reduction of redness, broken capillaries, irregular pigmentation, acne, pore size and fine lines. The skin feels softer and receives a beautiful lustre.
What is Powerlite InShape?
Powerlite InShape is a new technique for slimming, lifting and body contouring. The method is gentle, yet very beneficial. It increases the circulation, the metabolism, the lymphatic flow and the removal of toxins in a natural way. The massage is stretching the connective tissue and cellulites are reduced. Today we know that one single technique will not be enough to achieve fast and good results for patients who want to get rid of inches and cellulites on thighs and bottoms. Therefore Powerlite InShape is combining four techniques in one machine: micro current, ultrasonic, vacuum and red light- to achieve faster results. The functions are combined according to customer requirements and the treatments are comfortable and relaxing. Powerlite InShape helps both men and women with their problem areas, and to gain and maintain a slim and youthful shape.
How does Powerlite InShape work?
Which treatment results can you receive with Powerlite InShape?
The results of the Powerlite InShape treatments are:
- Body Contouring/slimming
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased lymphatic flow
- Drainage of excess fluids and toxins
- Reduction of cellulites
- Improved skin structure
- Relief from pain in muscles or joints
- Mild exfoliation of the skin
How quick and effective results you get is individual for each person and is partly due to body type, physique, diet and type of problems to be treated. It is important to understand that you as an individual affect the result to some extent, therefore it is good if you understand the reason for the problem and change the habits that you can change. For example to get less prominent cellulites you need to have continuity and a lot of self-effort for best results.
Factors affecting the outcome is eg:
- Daily exercise, training
- Nutrition, diet
- Complementary treatments
- Home care between the treatments
What is cellulite?
Can diet and exercise remove cellulites?
What is special with the gel used in the treatment?
What happens in treatment with Powerlite InShape?
What is done at a consultation?
For whom is the treatment suitable?
It is an advantage to treat persons with annoying fat deposits or cellulites who do not respond so well to diet or exercise, for example the stomach, “saddle bags”, buttocks to mention a few areas. The treatment can also work as a complement to liposuction, the treatment with Powerlite InShape is comfortable, without pain and non-invasive. If you have water retention and feel swollen and heavy, you can feel and see results after only one treatment. Pain in muscles or joints, the treatment can soften and stimulate blood circulation so new oxygen rushes to the area and the mechanical processing of the tissue calms the pain receptors and thus relieve pain. After weight loss or pregnancy there may be some lax skin, and the treatment can tighten the skin to some extent. If you want to increase the circulation or perhaps just get an incredible treatment where you feel that something “happens”, then Powerlite InShape is suitable.
How long does a treatment take?
Treatment time per session is around 50 minutes to be distributed between the different functions to be used. Exactly how long the treatment takes depends on the size of the area to be treated and the type of problem. If you only want a nice massage or relief of pain in a sore muscle a treatment can take between 15-60 minutes, depending on whether you treat isolated muscles or the entire body.
How many treatments are needed?
Number of treatments is individual and varies from person to person. How quick and effective results you get is individual for each person and is partly due to body type, physique, diet and type of problems to be treated. On average 4-6 treatments in a treatment course is recommended, depending on what is to be treated. Then an evaluation is done for further treatments and maintenance of the results.
Individual treatments can be done as a kick-start before special occasions, such as wedding, a party, a journey, a detox or as preparation for a sporting performance or following sports for faster recovery.
How can Powerlite InShape give visible results in only a few treatments?
Do you have to maintain the results?
Do I have to exercise and follow a special diet, during treatments with Powerlite InShape?
How often can the treatment be done?
Interval between the treatments are individual and varies depending on the problem. A treatment plan is put together by the therapist in the consultation. In slimming treatments the most common recommendation is two treatments per week with at least one day between the treatments. The reason for waiting at least one day between the treatments is for the body and the tissue should benefit and recover from each treatment before the next is done.
Pain-relieving treatments can be done with a shorter interval, and can be done until there is no further improvement.
Does the treatment hurt?
What areas can be treated?
Powerlite InShape as additional treatment before and after surgery?
How quick can you expect visible results?
What should you consider before the treatment?
Combination with some treatments, medication or skin care products may affect the result, so it is always important to inform the therapist if there have been any changes since the consultation.
Avoid to smoke right before the treatment if possible to have the best possible effect from the treatment.
What should you consider between the treatments in a course of treatments?
What should you consider after the treatment?
What is the cost of the treatment?
Where can you get treatments with Powerlite InShape?
What happens in treatment with Powerlite Peeler?
A nozzle is drawn over the skin surface and a vacuum is formed. A fine jet of disinfectant micro-crystals circulate over the skin with high speed and you get an abrasive effect on the skin.
The technology is specially developed to peel off dead skin cells and to improve oxygenation and nutrient supply to the skin. When damaged, dead and pigmented skin cells are removed the skin receives a clearer and more even skin tone.
Active ingredients in skin care products easier penetrates the skin and do good where it is needed.
How many treatments are needed?
You get an immediate refreshing of the skin in only one treatment. Depending on the condition of the skin that is to be treated, a course of treatments is usually recommended, between 1-15 treatments.
The treatment results are individual and varies for each person. The results depends on many factors, for instance skin care routine at home between the treatments.
How long does a treatment take?
A treatment can vary in time between 15-30 minutes. It depends on how deep into the skin you peel and subsequent treatment.
What results can you expect?
The results depends on, among other things, skin type and what problem Is to be treated. Immediately after the treatment the skin receives a beautiful lustre and a more even skin tone. For specific skin conditions the results varies depending on how many treatments you do.
What should you consider before and after the treatment?
It is important to avoid strong sunlight for approximately three weeks before and after a treatment. This because the skin becomes very fragile from the sun. Always use high sun protection cream after a treatment, at least spf 30.
You also need to take a break from using irritating products such as some acne medications and anticoagulants for instance.