Pulsar’s first system was launched into the marketplace in 1998 and was the second true Intense Pulsed Light system available throughout the world.
Pulsar Intense Pulllight Treatment
Skin is important to self image and physical appearance. Skin conditions of the face and body do not just affect a person’s outside, they can often lead to people feeling self conscious about the way they look. Pulsar is the world’s leading system in IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), clinically proven to offer effective, virtually pain-free, quicker and longer lasting results to take away unwanted hair and unsightly blemishes. Pulsar offers an affordable non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery.
How does the system work?
The Pulsar system can improve the appearance of many skin conditions, creating smoother and rejuvenated looking skin. The energy from the light source is taken up by the pigments (melanin and haemoglobin) in the skin, hairs and blood vessels. Selective filtration makes the energy uptake specific for melanin (600 to 950 nanometers) or haemoglobin (530 to 950 nanometers); thus the system can be used for hair removal, vascular lesions and pigmented lesions. The technology is extremely effective for the treatment of the following skin condition:
- Sun damaged
- Skin Blemishes
- Broken Capillaries
- Acne and Scarring
- Lines and Wrinkles
- Unwanted Hair
Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the large concentration of dark melanin in these, which gives maximum absorption and conversion of light energy to heat. Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced making it slightly less certain of permanent destruction of the hair follicles. Grey (white) hair has almost no melanin and cannot be efficiently treated. The upper skin layer, of the epidermis, also contains melanin and the concentration increases when the skin is exposed to UV light. It is therefore necessary to treat dark skinned and tanned individuals with less energy to avoid generation of excess heat and pain in the skin. The Pulsar computer has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for different hair and pigment types.
Why is gel used?
It is necessary to apply a thin layer of gel to the skin prior to treatment to assure an optimal optical transmission of light from the applicator to the skin.
How is the treatment carried out?
The Applicator (hand-piece) is placed in contact with the skin surface and the light pulsed through it onto the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated.
Does it hurt?
As the light energy is absorbed by the pigments (melanin and haemoglobin), the pain depends upon the concentration of melanin in the epidermis and the hairs combined. Consequently it hurts more in dark skinned people and those withdense, dark hairs. No anesthesia is required and most patients describe the pain as moderate and acceptable (as if a rubber band is snapped against the skin).
How long does the treatment take?
The facial treatment usually takes 10 minutes whereas both legs and/or an entire back take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
What are the side effects?
The visible light is completely safe so no special precautions are needed apart from glasses for the brightness. The skin of some patients becomes quite red immediately after treatment and very rarely small blisters as from excessive sun exposure can occur.
However, most patients experience no side effects at all and the described skin reactions above usually disappear within hours to a few days. Unlike electrolysis the Pulsar treatment is non-invasive.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments needed will depend on the skin condition that needs to be treated and the severity of each condition. More than 1 session for any area is usually needed to achieve a good result. For example, a series of four to six treatment sessions with a two to three month interval is normally sufficient to remove virtually all body hair.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Patients should avoid tanning one month ahead of and during the entire treatment scenario to avoid discomfort from excessive light absorption in the epidermis. Immediately after the treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for 4-5 days. Please do not apply Deodorant, Perfumed products or Aromatherapy products on treatment day. Should you wish we at Crawley Botox are happy to advise you further on the above treatment.