IPL & Laser Treatments
Accurate Skin Resurfacing
An effective technologically advanced treatment to correct skin tone.
IPL & Laser Treatments
Accurate Skin Resurfacing
An effective technologically advanced treatment to correct skin tone depending on your specific needs or indications.
IPL and Laser for treating a wide variety of facial indications.
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light and Laser treatments are very common but marginally understood.
Essentially these treatments involve pulsing high intensity light for a short period of time into the skin. A variety of application-specific handpieces are used, allowing for a variety of treatment options.
IPL or Intense Pulse Light utilises a full spectrum of light with different scattered wave lengths and effective for treating treating superficial pigmentation and skin correction.
Laser uses one specific wavelength of light which is more powerful and accurate in treating indications such as acne scars and melasma to mention a few
Dr Clark recommends IPL for the treatment of:
- Removal of facial hair
- Mild pigmentation
- Mild wrinkle reduction
- Skin rejuvenation
- Sun damage
Laser is used in the treatment of:
- Acne scars
- Loose skin on the neck
- Skin resurfacing
You are in the best hands
The most common side effect reported by patients is mild sunburn skin sensitivity.
If you are concerned by the reports of the possibility of UV Damage, there is no need to worry – the IPL System used at SAI is the latest advancement in IPL Technology and incorporates a filter to eliminate UV rays.
Dr Alastair Clark
Dr Clark has presented at numerous international congresses in Europe, Asia and South Africa.
His interpretation of the aesthetic need and facial assessment, combined with advanced injection and moulding techniques yield previously unattained results for non-surgical techniques.
The Palomar Platform
At SAI we are exceptionally proud to offer the most comprehensive treatment range in South Africa. We offer patients multiple platforms to treat any anti ageing concern, to suit all skin types. More and more however we are noticing patients that do not fully comprehend the Gold Standard treatment options we have available or even that some individuals are unaware that treatments are available for their specific skin concern.
What is Palomar Laser?
Palomar is a leading laser manufacturer in the aesthetic world. They are powerful, adjustable and are proven safe. This is a given for them to even be considered for use at SAI. Each singular handpiece harnesses the laser in unique and different ways to capitalise on the specific technology for diverse but focused applications.
Palomar also developed the next generation of IPL called OPL (Optimised Pulsed Light).
What is OPL (Optimized Pulsed Light)?
When we talk about OPL, think about the technology as the next step or next generation to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The advancement of OPL means that Dr Clark and Dr Marks of SAI can now optimize light to a dual-band spectrum with two peaks:
- 500-670 nm
- 870-1,200 nm
By better controlling peak power using the dual-band spectrum, patients now benefit from more accurate, less painful and more easily controlled treatments and results. The different handpieces discussed below further add to the accuracy and specific treatment protocols.
OPL by Palomar also offers uniform heating using Dynamic Spectrum Shifting combined with Dual Band Filter technology. This means there will be no difference in heat or discomfort irrespective of the laser spot size or penetration depth. Your leg vein treatments will now no longer cause any more discomfort than a hair removal treatment.
In summary, the reason Dr Clark at SAI opted to upgrade fro IPL to OPL is simple:
- More energy and more energy choice across all laser pulse durations
- Greater peak power for accurate treatment without surrounding tissue damage
- Higher fluences to address mid-to-large-sized resistant vessels irrespective of depth
What more could you ask for. If you are considering a laser treatment, be sure to ask if the technology includes OPL. Now lets move to the handpieces.
What is Max G (Optimized Pulsed Light)?
Max G utilises OPL technology. This handpiece is specifically designed to deliver the very accurate and uniform heating for clearing veins, vessels and pigmentation. This makes it the perfect choice for:
- Sun damage
- Spider veins
By ensuring the delivery of light that accurately targets absorption peaks of both haemoglobin and melanin the Max G handpiece allows the team at SAI to target both large and small vessels in the face at any skin depth.
What is Lux R (Optimized Pulsed Light)?
Also part of the OPL family the team at SAI use this handpiece to specifically target hair removal. The Lux R is safe on all skin types: dark skin, light skin and even tanned skin.
Finally the Lux R handpiece includes a larger spot size for faster treatment of larger surface areas i.e. back and legs.
The most common hair removal treatment areas using the Palomar Lux R at SAI include:
- Bikini standard & extended
Many male clients also make use of the Lux R OPL Hair Removal for their back, chest and legs.
What is Non-Ablative Laser?
A single spectrum laser approach, this Palomar handpiece is used when very specific treatment results are required or when deeper penetration is needed to achieve the desired result.
This handpiece offers high peak power, state-of-the-art cooling for ultimate patient comfort, and the Skintel Melanin Reader to determine your melanin density for treatment accuracy.
At SAI the team turn to the 1540 Non-Ablative for:
- Facial vessels
- Pigmentation worries
- Scar treatment (acne & surgical)
- Stretch mark treatment
- Wrinkle reduction
- Varicose veins in the legs
- Facial skin tightening
The best technology creates opportunities to fulfil our patients anti ageing desires with little fuss, minimal discomfort and in quick time. Palomar and their OPL technology, plus specific handpieces make that all possible like no other platform available on the market today.
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A World of Combination Treatments
Combining areas very often offers more cost effective treatments that treat specific areas such as lips and chin, cheeks and nose, eyes and forehead. You may also benefit from skin hydration treatments to improve skin quality.
Dr Clark will discuss your expectations during your consultation and work out a customised treatment plan tailored for you needs and budget.
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