Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 63

Health & beauty HEALTH & BEAUTY Máire Rhatigan A light touch for skin problems New laser technologies originally developed for engineering and industrial uses have rapidly become the latest thing in the world of cosmetic treatments. those with naturally very dark skin, or a heavy tan. However, not all pigmented lesions can be treated - for example, dark moles or lesions covering a large part of the body. As an experienced practitioner, former NHS surgeon Máire will always give patients advice on Intense Pulsed Light is a highly versatile form their suitability for treatment and the expected of therapy that can be safely used for fast and outcomes. This is why all treatments are preceded effective treatment of everything from red veins by a full consultation and test patches. and excess facial and body hair to acne and skin pigmentation. A typical treatment session lasts 15-30 minutes, and usually one to three treatments (spaced every Red nose before IPL Treatment 4-6 weeks) will be enough for complete success. Dr Máire Rhatigan of the Orchard Cosmetic Máire advises that sunscreen should be a part of Skin Centre says she has seen some particularly daily skin care to ensure that the pigment spots impressive results on clients suffering the stay away. embarrassment of sun spots and dark skin patches on the face, neck and backs of hands. Say goodbye to facial thread veins with Intense Pulsed Light treatment In fact, in some cases, where the dark patching was only superficial, a single treatment of IPL has The advanced light technology of IPL treatment been enough to eliminate the unsightly patches can also be used to treat unsightly blood vessels altogether – although more deep-seated sun and that appear on the surface of the skin. In this age spots can take 2-3 treatments. case, very short, precisely targeted pulses of light Nose after IPL Treatment are sent into the skin, heating the identified Maire explains: “Dark patches of skin on our blood vessel to a point where it is destroyed. The face, neck and hands are the result of excess problem vessels shrink over the following weeks melanin in the surface of our skin, which occurs and are re-absorbed by the body. as a natural response to ageing and exposure to Máire says IPL offers fast treatment times, the sun. Intense Pulsed Light treatments release and patients experience just a mild sensation precisely controlled, strong pulses of filtered during the light application. There is no damage light that are absorbed by the excess melanin, to surface skin, and treatments typically take creating heat that destroys the uppermost just 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of pigmented skin cells and stimulating renewed, the area to be treated. With each treatment, non-pigmented cells to replace them”. the number of visible vessels decline, leading Sunspots before IPL Treatment She says IPL has several benefits over dermabrasion, chemical peels and bleaching typically to complete removal over a course of 1 – 4 treatments. – the traditional methods of sun spot removal. Dr Rhatigan works with Laser and IPL Because the light pulse also stimulates the equipment supplied by Lynton Lasers, leaders growth of new collagen and elastin fibres in the in their field, and recognised as being at the skin, it improves firmness and texture, and can forefront