IPL Skin Rejuvenation vs. Skin Needling Facial Treatments

Your skin is looking a little tired and you’ve noticed some brown spots have started to appear over the last couple of years. You have been thinking about having skin rejuvenation facial treatments for sometime, but you’re not really sure where to start or even, what would be the best treatment for you.

There’s a few considerations prior to having any paramedical skin rejuvenation treatment?

Firstly, what does the word paramedical even mean?

Which treatment will best suit my concerns?
How much will the treatments cost?
How many treatments and how often will I need the treatments?
Will I experience any downtime?
Do I need to use specific skincare while having these treatments?

Lets compare and contrast:

The word Paramedical means, treatments or services that are supported by medical research without needing a doctor to preform.

IPL Skin Rejuvenation Skin Needling
How does it work? IPL is heat and light therapy; the light attracts to the pigment and shatters it, while the heat stimulates collagen production. Using fine stainless steel needles, micro wounds are made in the skin, the immune responds to heal the skin by producing collagen.
Is the treatment painful? This is a relatively quick treatment to deliver, with most people describing it as comfortable and pain free. You may see some light flashes from under your protective eyewear and experience similar to rubber band flicks. A topical numbing agent is applied; you may experience some vibrations from the device but in terms of pain, you will not feel a thing. The cross hatch technique is similar to a microdermabrasion.
What are the contraindications? Epilepsy, Pregnancy Sunburn and spray tan Darker skin Fitzpatrick more than #3 Some medication, including herbals Metal plates, tattoos Pregnancy, breast feeding Sunburn, active acne Some medications Cold sore, eczema, dermatitis Recent surgery or injections
Skin Concerns Pigmentation and uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea, capillaries Pigmentation and hyper pigmentation, scarring (including but not limited to acne scarring), fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity
Treatment Cost 270 each 295 each
Treatments Needed 3-4 4-6
Intervals Maintenance/Special Occasion 1p/month Intense Treatment 2 weeks Maintenance/Special Occasion 1p/month Intense Treatment 2 weeks
Downtime Unlikely, when treating pigmentation, you may experience what we refer to as ‘milo-ing’ whereby your pigment looks darker and can crust 24-48 hours some inflammation 3-5 days post you may experience dryness and mild peeling
Aftercare SPF is a must (and not from the chemist or supermarket) For best results use cosmeceutical actives throughout the course of the treatments No makeup for 12 hours’ post SPF is a must No actives for 5-7 days’ post Keep the skin moist for 5-7 days Use Ultraceuticals cleanse, moisturiser, B2 serum, SPF and mineral makeup