Pulsar intense pulse light 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
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
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
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
How many treatments are neccesary?
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 anyarea is usually
needed to achieve a good result. For example, a series of four to
sixtreatment sessions with a two to three month interval is
normally sufficient to remove virtually all body
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.
* Please note the above treatment may not be
offered by every hospital. Please contact your local hospital
to check if the treatment/service is available in