Turn back the hands of time with this ultimate combination treatment. Starting with an advanced exfoliating medical microdermabrasion to remove the dead, outer layer of skin cells to produce not only smoother, fresher skin but also allows greater penetration of intense pulsed light.
Procedure Time1 hour
Full Recovery24 hours
RisksRedness, warmth, pigmentation, burns
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Photo-rejuvenation then helps to remove the signs of sun-damage and premature ageing by targeting sun-spots, age-spots, broken capillaries and thread veins. Following this a cooling hyaluronic mask is applied to the skin for cooling and hydration making the Ultimate Makeover an all-inclusive rejuvenating procedure.
What areas can be treated?
The Ultimate Makeover is a specifically tailored combination treatment for the face.
It is ideal for people with:
Ageing skin with signs of sun-damage and pigmentation
Increased redness, broken capillaries and thread veins
Blotchy, flaking or oily skin
Pock marks, small scars and large pores
Fine lines/wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture
The treatment should not be undertaken on areas of infected or inflamed skin or if there are any cold-sores present.
How does the treatment work?
Medical microdermabrasion is different to simple microdermabrasion offered in many salons. The specialised medical microdermabrasion machine works at higher pressures and speeds and the results are deeper and significantly better. It involves tiny crystals being blown against the skin at high speed through a small tube. The crystals are specially manufactured to ensure a consistent shape for optimum results. The tube is passed over the skin slowly and it simultaneously blows the crystals out whilst it vacuums up crystals and dead skin cells, helping to remove imperfections, fine wrinkles, blemishes and superficial pigmentation. Medical microdermabrasion takes away the very top layer of skin (the stratum corneum) leaving younger, fresher skin beneath. The force of the crystals stimulates collagen and elastin growth deeper in the skin, which itself freshens the skin and restores some support and volume.
The IPL device delivers precisely controlled strong pulses of light at specific wavelengths. This light energy targets, and is absorbed by, the pigment melanin (targeting freckles, sun-spots, age-spots and uneven pigmentation) and haemoglobin (targeting broken capillaries, thread veins and redness). The intense pulsed light is designed to selectively treat only these pigments so the surrounding skin remains unharmed.
Is it safe and does it hurt?
Medical microdermabrasion is non-invasive and extremely safe and it does not damage or scar the skin in any way. All dead skin cells and used crystals are vacuumed into a separate filtered chamber and then disposed of to prevent the risk of any cross-contamination. Medical microdermabrasion exfoliates deeper than most other systems in order to achieve the desired results and the procedure may sometimes be mildly uncomfortable but it is not painful.
Clinical trials conducted on intense pulsed light have shown its safety and effectiveness and it has been used on millions of people worldwide. During treatment, eye protection will be used and a cooling gel applied to the skin to minimise discomfort.
Intense pulsed light skin rejuvenation is not particularly suitable for very dark skin types (and suntanned people) as their skin will have very high levels of melanin and so may absorb too much energy. Most people find the treatment is a little uncomfortable but does not hurt – it is often described as the sensation of a rubber band being flicked against the skin.
A patch test needs to be conducted at least 48 hours prior to treatment.
Are there any side effects?
If you have an active suntan, including the use of fake tans, you may find too much heat energy is absorbed by the melanin-rich skin and mild burning can occur. For this reason you may not be suitable for treatment until the tan has settled or the fake tan completely removed.
After treatment, the skin will feel much cleaner, fresher and firmer. It is usual to get a slightly reddened complexion immediately after treatment, looking and feeling as if you have just been for a walk in a brisk wind which may last up to a couple of days. Immediately after treatment any pigmented blemishes will appear darker but within several days this will settle and the blemishes should disappear. Very rarely, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, blistering or scarring may occur as a result of IPL. Bruising, infection and even bleeding can occur but these are extremely rare, especially on healthy skin.
What can I expect after treatment?
Treatment takes up to an hour and you should notice the benefits within a few days however a number of treatments 4 weeks apart are likely to give the very best results.
There is little recovery time although you are likely to remain a little red and the skin may feel slightly warm for a few hours to days. The skin may appear to be a little blotchy or there may be patches of darker pigmentation for a number of days following treatment as the epidermis renews and sheds the treated problem areas. The skin should be treated with a good moisturiser and sun-block after treatment and sun-exposure/tanning should be avoided for 4 weeks afterwards.
Aftercare advice Medical Microdermabrasion
Following your microdermabrasion treatment you may experience some redness on the treated areas accompanied by a warm glow. This will last for several hours but should have settled by the following morning.
Make-up should not be applied for at least 4 hours after your treatment.
DO NOT pick, peel, scrape, scratch or wax your skin.
Avoid abrasive sponges for 1 week after treatment.
Avoid other cosmetic procedures without the specific guidance of your practitioner.
Wash with a very mild soap, rinse with warm water and remember to moisturise regularly following the treatment as you may experience some dryness for a few days.
Avoid sun-exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sun-cream of at least SPF30.
Avoid the use of any creams that are in any way irritating.
For the best results we recommend a course of 6 treatments at intervals of 2 weeks.
Remember – cleanse, moisturise & protect!
Aftercare advice Photo-rejuvenation
Possible side-effects of IPL treatments include:
Redness/heat in the treated area (usually resolves within a few hours to days)
Burns or crusting of the treated area (usually resolves within 2 weeks)
Swelling of the treated area
Other side effects include darkening of pigmented areas (this is normal on treated lesions and will disappear along with the lesion after a week or so), itching of the treated area, infection at the treated area, an outbreak of cold sores in susceptible people and failure of the treatment. Very rarely, there may be hypopigmentation (pigment loss), hyperpigmentation (increased pigment), blistering or scarring.
Depending on the condition being treated, skin type, level of pigmentation and response to IPL, several treatments are usually required and sometimes the condition fails to respond at all.
After the treatment it is vital that you follow the following guidelines:
Avoid sun exposure/sun beds/fake tans and ALWAYS wear sun-cream when outdoors (UVA/UVB protection of SPF30 or above) for at least a month.
Avoid perfumed products and do not apply make-up to the treated area for 24hrs.
Do not pick or scratch at the treated area, especially if there is a reaction as this may result in scarring or infection – these will settle if left alone.
Avoid moderate-heavy exercise and alcohol for 24 hours following treatment (can exacerbate any skin discomfort/damage).
Avoid exfoliating or peels for at least 2 weeks, and further IPL treatment for at least 1 month.
Drink plenty of fluid/water during the 48hrs after treatment.
Apply ice, recommended skin care products or Aloe Vera to the treated area if uncomfortable or red until if settles down.
Contact the clinic immediately if you have any concerns.