The Mayo Clinic of South Africa

IPL  Technology

The light that erases skin damage.

Both the pleasures and stresses of life, along with the simple passage of time, tend to cause our skin to appear older.

Photorejuvenation, using IPL, is a non-invasive treatment that treats skin damage without disruption of the skin's surface. Intense Pulsed Light can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, leaving your skin smoother, clearer, brighter and looking younger.

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is a treatment breakthrough that can correct a variety of benign skin conditions and imperfections It offers a safe, non-invasive solution that can be tailored to your individual condition and skin type, providing superior results and outstanding satisfaction, through a new process called photorejuvenation.

How is Photorejuvenation performed?

A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated and you may be given dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to your skin. Pulses of light using the spectrum of intense light appropriate to your particular skin condition, is applied to the skin non-invasively.

The light energy is transformed into heat energy.  You may feel a slight sting, like the snap of a small rubber band. An anaesthetic cream may be applied if necessary, but is seldom required.

The chromophore in the target tissue responds to the heat. The target is fragmented and absorbed without damage to the surrounding tissue. The skin surface is left smooth and rejuvenated.

The procedure requires four to six treatments, usually about three weeks apart. An individual treatment takes about twenty minutes with minimal adverse effects and high satisfaction. You can resume your everyday activities immediately.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?

Depending on the number of conditions being treated, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of four to six treatment sessions may be recommended. By dividing the full programme into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk and no 'down time'.

How does Photorejuvenation compare to other treatments?

While there are lasers that treat broken capillaries, others that treat brown pigments and yet others that are used for resurfacing facial skin, no technology provides the long term improvement of complexion and texture like the IPL skin treatment system - without the slightest disruption to your busy lifestyle.

What conditions can Photorejuvenation treat?
  • Imperfections caused by sun damage
  • Age spots and brown spots
  • Redness caused by broken capillaries
  • 'Ruddy' complexion
  • Photo-aging
  • Mottled pigmentation
  • Freckles

The same treatment can be used effectively on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

Pigment damage - before

After treatment

Brown spots and changes in pigment from sun damage
or aging skin

photo courtesy of Nathan Trookman, M.D.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA


Skin texture before treatment

After treatment

Facial veins before treatment After treatment

Changes in skin texture

Facial veins and redness or flushing from rosacea

photo courtesy of  James Brazil, M.D.
Olympia, Washington, USA
photo courtesy of Jerry Darm, M.D.
Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA


Sun damage to chest After treatment Age spots before treatment After treatment

Sun damage on the neck and chest

Age spots, freckles and mottled pigmentation

photo courtesy of Mark Gray, M.D.
Auckland, New Zealand

photo courtesy of Franklin Johnson, M.D.
Mineola, New York, USA



Back to Global Aesthetics Page


Home | Mayo Day Clinic | Gastro-Intestinal Unit | Life Extension Institute | Global Aesthetic Centre | Doctors & Specialists | Location Map | Contact us | Send your CV