IPL is effectively trying to destroy the blood vessel that feeds the hair papillae, by using controlled heat and light sources, thus resulting in hair reduction. Usually a series of treatments is required to achieve long lasting results - This is usually a minimum of 4-6 and possibly up to 8-10 treatments.
When the light is emitted from the hand piece, it tries to detect a dark chromophore below the surface, in this case a hair shaft. For this reason, ipl is only suitable for dark hair, as it cannot detect a chromophore in whit or grey hair. Ideally, fair skin is better to treat, as the light by-passes the chromophore in dark skin (melanin) and goes straight to the hair papillae. However, at laser express we use hand pieces suitable for dark, tanned even black skin. For this reason it is important to know what equipment your operator is using.
Pigmentation, solar lentigo's, age spots, all a thing of the past now with IPL Skin Rejuvenation. Years of sun damage and exposure can be treated in a series of 4-6 treatments using our Lux G and Lux Y hand pieces for superior skin rejuvenation.
We usually recommend treatments every 2-4 weeks and it is expected that the skin surface will take on a brown, flaky appearance as underlying melanin makes its way to the skins surface. Equally important is the use of SPF 30+, and trying to avoid any more direct sun exposure during and after treatment. Highly recommended is the use of exfoliant and serums to regenerate.
Now available - the 1540 Fractional Face treatment for serious Anti ageing. At $1,280 per treatment, it's not cheap, but it works exceptionally well! Expect swelling and obvious redness for 24 hours post-treatment and expect to have at least 3 treatments. Plus, please note, we do not do single treatments of the 1540 fractional, PAYMENT IS UPFRONT FOR 3 TREATMENTS ($3,840) on your first visit. Book and pay for 5 ($6,400 ) and get one treatment FREE!
Due to the delicate nature of the Capillaries and Venous system, Laser Express only treats Facial Capillaries. Using the Lux G Handpiece, we selectively target the capillary, using heat and light to thermalize and expand the capillary wall. In some instances, we are able to diminish the capillary immediately, in other cases, it may take 2-3 treatments.
When the capillary is still visible, it may take 2- 3 days for redness to disappear, then a slight brown or flaking will take place. With the Laser Express method, we do not use ice in any of our vascular treatments; we find this inhibits good results. Most importantly though, it is essential to use the correct fluence and joules to avoid burning and possible long term damage to the skin. SPF 30+ is an essential part of our treatment and correct aftercare is a must. Treatment is usually fortnightly or monthly.
Skin needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or Facial Mesotherapy, using a Dermal Roller is an exciting skin treatment. The Skin Rollers have been designed to provide scientifically proven results for the treatment and management of such conditions inlcuding, but not limited to: CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy), Pharmacedutical or Cosmetic Product infusion, Anti-Ageing and Wrinkles, Pigmentation and Sun Damage, Acne, Pimples, Blackheads, Scarring, Enlarged Pores and Seborrhea, Stretch Marks, Hair Loss and Thinning Hair. For more information, please click here.
What qualifications does the technician have?
In NSW there is currently no legislation regarding the use of IPL and laser machinery. As a technician and qualified trainer of IPL and IPL operators, I can assure you there are many months of training to ensure you receive a safe and comfortable treatment. Side effects are less likely to occur when treatments are performed by an experienced and certified technician. All of our technicians undergo extensive post - graduate training at various facilities not only in Australia but around the world. We are members of w.a.l.t. the world assoc for laser therapists and l.i.a. the laser institute of America. All of our staff have passed the l.s.o. certification and specialize only in IPL, day - in and day -out.
But why are some prices different / cheaper?
Over the last 3 years there have been many machines hit the market that just donâ€™t give results. We are extremely fortunate to use only the Palomar star lux and multi lux systems. The star lux alone can deliver up to 70 cj, but at the same time keeping the skin cool and protected. Many companies are offering their treatments at greatly discounted prices as their machines deliver only 5- 10 joules of power, roughly the equivalent of sitting under a light bulb. Our machines on average deliver 20-45 joules per treatment, but can and do go to 70 joules. So you may save money on the day, but really require up to and over 20 treatments.
Ask these questions before having a treatment anywhere;
- Does the machine have contact cooling?
Our Palomar machines have in- built cooling inside, therefore as the lens is depressed against the skin the skin feels quite cool.
If the system does not have cooling, do not risk it. The skin must be kept adequately cool, while the light beam that penetrates the skin is thermalizing the hair shaft.
- Does the IPL system have wide smooth pulse technology?
Wide smooth pulse allows higher treatment power, delivered safely and comfortably. The star lux alone can deliver up to 500 milliseconds in one pulse, at the same time protecting the skin and allowing more effective treatments. Higher power = less treatments = less money for you to pay.
- What coverage does the system have?
Palomar probes are on average 7.4 square cms of lens per pulse! For lux g (capillaries and rejuvenation) we use a smaller probe, approx 3 square cms. An average set of 1 / 2 legs takes us roughly 15-20 minutes compared to 1 hour for some machinery. Who wants to waste precious time when you could be in and out in half the time?
Ask the technician questions;
- Ask how many nanometers does the IPL penetrate?
Recently I enquired at a clinic as to how many nanometers this particular IPL penetrated and the technician looked at me as if I was from another planet. When asked how many nanometers sunlight alone penetrated, she could not answer. This person was claiming to be a leader in IPL treatments. Our machinery differs. If you are dark skin, we will use a long pulse to by-pass melanin in the skin. For lighter skin or stubborn hair, a short pulse is preferable.
- Can they treat all colours and skin types?
Our technicians are some of the very few in NSW to carry and use lux r and luxrs, designed with special filters especially for black and tanned skin, most systems cannot treat dark skin without causing hypo-pigmentation.
- Does the operator have insurance?
Ask to see their policy! Many rogue operators out there just fire away and hope for the best, when they have a complaint; they shut up shop and then re-open under another name.
Others have such a bad track record they cannot secure insurance. We have extensive insurance in place, but as we never need to call upon it, we are highly regarded in the industry. If the operator cannot show you a policy, run for your life!
- Does the technician give you her own personal number for after hours?
All laser express technicians will give you their direct mobile number. We stand by what we do and if you do experience a problem or you get home and remember something you forgot to ask, you can call anytime. Be wary of an operator who thinks they're too good to give you their number
At the end of the day, only you can make an informed decision on who should do your treatment. Our aim is to give you 100 % value for money and a safe treatment. If you need further information ask your technician.