IPL therapy uses advance ICON™ technology and can be customised to support various different skin complaints and skin tones.
What is the ICON™ treatment platform?
At the Cadogan Clinic we deliver all our IPL treatment via the market leading ICON™ platform.
The ICON™ is considered the leading aesthetic technology platform available on the market, and offers multiple devices in one machine to provide a comprehensive suite of the most popular treatments, ranging from hair removal to wrinkle reduction to scar and stretch mark treatment.
The technology behind the ICON laser system is FDA approved and combines a fractional laser (ablative) and intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. It also boasts a state of the art Skintel Melanin Reader to detect a patients' melanin density to accurately diagnose skin tone, ensuring the appropriate level of laser is applied.
In addition, only ICON offers the ability to perform the ThreeForMe™ Laser Treatment – the proven way to solve wrinkles, sun damage and facial veins all at the same time. This FDA approved technology requires fewer treatments and delivers more immediate results than comparable machines, it is also one of the safest lasers on the market.
What to expect during your IPL treatment
First you will be invited to meet with one of our specialist aestheticians for an assessment and consultation of your skin at the Clinic
If you proceed with IPL treatment, your treatment will start with a cleanse of the skin before a mask is placed over the eyes to protect you from the light
The ICON device is then gently pressed onto the skin and emits an intense pulsed light which passes through the skin epidermis and penetrates deeper into the dermis where the pulsed light energy heats up and stimulates the cells, and these in turn are encouraged to produce collagen
The ICON also emits a wide range of light waves that reduce the appearance of redness, brown spots and discoloration in the skin as they absorb the light and fade over the course of treatment
We typically recommend several sessions (anywhere between 3 – 6), but this is dependent on your condition so you will be advised by our therapists during your preliminary free consultation
How soon will I see results?
Results will vary depending on which condition you use IPL to treat.
Typically you should expect to see some improvement in your skin a week or so after each IPL treatment, with results improving after each successive treatment.
Your results will become more obvious as you continue your treatment, and the best results will be seen 3-5 months after your last treatment.
Is there any downtime?
You should expect to be able to resume your daily activity immediately, although your skin may be a little sensitive and red in the hours following treatment.
We recommend that you do not go in the sun or hot water for at least 48 hours.
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IPL treatment costs depend on the concern and the size and number of areas to be treated but typically start from £200.
Packages can be provided depending on your specific requirements and total fees will always be outlined following your comprehensive free consultation with one of our experienced aestheticians
The ICON laser system uses Optimised Light photo-rejuvenation technology, which delivers gentle pulses of intense, optimised light to regions of unwanted pigmentation and facial vessels.
The appearance of sun spots, age spots, spider veins, rosacea and capillaries can all be reduced significantly. Treatment time can be as short as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Three to five treatments should deliver optimal results but some patients may achieve their desired results after just one or two sessions.
IP treatment is not painful. You should expect to feel a heated sensation as the pulses of light permeate your skin, with the most you can expect to feel a similar sensation to someone flicking an elastic band against your skin with each pulse.
If you are extremely sensitive to pain, topically applied anaesthetic can be considered before treatment and moisturiser can be applied immediately afterward.
Immediately after your ICON laser treatment, however, your skin will feel warm, red, and may be slightly swollen similar to that of bad sunburn, these effects usually resolve on their own within 1 to 3 days at most.
Some mild bruising may also occur over particularly delicate areas, crusting, scabbing, darkened patches, and, in quite rare cases, mild blistering can also be experienced. These reactions gradually subside within 1 to 2 weeks after treatment.
You should start to see the results in the days and weeks after your first treatment, and the tone and texture of your skin will begin to improve. Results improve over time, and with each successive treatment, particularly beyond the third treatment.
Your best results will be between 3 and 6 months after your final treatment. At this point you should expect to see a visible decrease of redness, dark spots and fine lines. Freckles and age spots may appear darker for up to a week before they fade gradually.
For optimal results, a series of 3 to 5 sessions spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart is recommended; patients may also wish to incorporate a treatment touch-up treatment every 6 months to maintain results.
IPL is an excellent and highly effective treatment for improving the appearance of pigmentation conditions. Most commonly these are age spots, brown spots, sun spots and sun damage.
The intense pulsed light emits light waves which are absorbed by the melanin and haemoglobin in the skin which causes the pigment to fragment. These pigment fragments are then broken down naturally by the body making them less visible in appearance.
IPL therapy can be used as a standalone non surgical treatment to treat burns and burns scars, or as a single element of a broader package of treatments.
When treating burns it is vital to make sure treatment follows a certain order and is delivered by experts (or team of experts) to ensure the best results and safety. You may be a better candidate for surgery.
Either way, it is vital to speak to one of our specialist burns and laser consultants to assess what the appropriate treatment is for you.
Yes, IPL treatments can be used to treat the appearance of acne. By undergoing a number of treatments, varying depending on the patient and the severity of the condition, IPL can help to destroy the bacteria that create acne, therefore reducing its appearance on the skin.
Cystic acne is one of the most severe types of acne.
It is caused when sebum and puss begin to build up inside the skin, and instead of breaking through the surface or being healed by the immune system, the acne continues to grow deep into the skin, sometimes even rupturing the sebaceous glands that produce the sebum in the first place in some cases.
This is the most difficult type of acne to treat, because it is too deep for most topical medications to be effective.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Skin Resurfacing are very different treatments.
An IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment consists of a series of high-intensity pulses of broad spectrum light that pass through several layers of skin at once, targeting only the unwanted cells. IPL can thus improve the texture, quality, colour and health of your skin and treat multiple conditions simultaneously, such as the appearance of veins, capillaries, redness, age spots, blotchiness and freckles.
By contrast, Laser Skin Resurfacing delivers a direct beam of thermal energy to one specific target. Laser Skin Resurfacing uses a laser beam focused on one specific wavelength and targets the very outer layers of the skin, which are removed, encouraging new skin to replace them. This process restores the smooth, even and fresh appearance that the skin tends to lose with age.
We offer two main Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments: ClearLift & Pixel Perfect, each having its own specific benefits and advantages.
How to find us
The Cadogan Clinic is based at 120 Sloane Street in Chelsea, just off Sloane Square and the Kings Road.
We are accessible by all major bus routes that pass through Sloane Square and Sloane Street, as well as Sloane Square tube station.
We are just a 5 minute walk northwards up Sloane Street once you have arrived at Sloane Square. Local pay parking is available just around the corner from the Clinic on Cadogan Gate, Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. Our local residential parking zone is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
"It was very successful, ridding my nose of red surface veins which were the result of a scooter accident. Staff were very professional and friendly, and informative. And gentle!"
"After my summers under the sun I was left with brown patches and wrinkly skin. I didn't know what to do, but one Sunday morning I was reading an article on the FT about this amazing Skin Hero: Dr. Zamani.
I contacted her immediately and book this so called 'IPL'. During the treatment I felt a burning session, and it left my skin with red/brown marks for a week, but the after math is totally worth it: whiter, younger looking skin! Even my husband noticed it and he barley remembers our wedding anniversary! IPL is my new best friend and Doctor Zamani my skin saviour! "