What is IPL photorejuvenation?

Intense pulse light (IPL) photorejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment which treats numerous skin concerns such as pigmentation and vascular lesions.

How does it work?

  • Specialised handpieces that are part of the IPL machine filter wavelengths of light to target specific skin conditions such as blood vessels and pigmented lesions.
  • The pulse of light is directly absorbed by the pigment in the lesion. The light heats the pigment and breaks it up.
  • The pulse of light heats the small capillaries that cause spider veins, rosacea and other vascular lesions. The heat from the pulsed light shrinks the blood vessel.
  • This technique treats skin damage non-invasively and there is no disruption of the skin’s epidermal surface.


Are there different types of IPL machines?

The Rodin Clinic uses the state of the art Palomar Starlux IPL system. The Starlux is a medical grade pulsed light system which is able to deliver a maximum amount of energy safely to the skin.

This IPL system has a superior cooling system built into the handpiece to allow safer, more comfortable treatments.

What will it treat?

  • Sun damage: wide areas of pigmentation on the face, neck, chest and other areas.
  • Sunspots: pigmented lesions, also known as age spots, liver spots or solar lentigines.
  • Rosacea: general inflammation of the cheeks and face.
  • Poikiloderma: combination of redness and pigmentation.
  • Spider veins: individual vessels, which can be red, blue or purple in colour.

Before and after IPL photorejuvenation to decolletage


Before and after IPL photorejuvenation to forehead


Before and after IPL photorejuvenation to cheek

 What does IPL photorejuvenation involve?

Pre treatment consultation

A consultation is provided by one of our trained dermal therapists .  The consultation is free and includes your IPL test patch.  This consultation enables you to express your concerns freely and confidentially. Following an assessment and examination a tailored treatment plan will be provided and the most appropriate treatment for you will be discussed.

Pre IPL skin preparation

  • Avoid sun exposure for 1 month prior to treatment with IPL.
  • Wear wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and or protective clothing depending on treatment area.
  • Avoid the use of topical Tretinoin 1 week prior to IPL.
  • Do not use fake tan 2 weeks prior to IPL.


  • IPL test patches are always performed prior to any treatment with IPL.
  • After the consultation, and if you are happy to proceed, you will need to sign a consent form before treatment can progress.
  • The skin is cleansed to remove sunscreen or make up.
  • A grid pattern is drawn onto the skin with a yellow highlighter.
  • The IPL handpiece then moves over the skin, pulsing as it goes, and a flashing light with a mild flicking sensation is felt on the skin.
  • The grid is removed with a cool damp cloth.
  • Ice or a cooling gel is applied to the skin.
  • Mineral makeup is applied prior to leaving the clinic.
  • The treatment may take anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on the area being treated.


  • Avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Avoid applying oil based make up during the first 24 hours. Mineral make up is fine.
  • Do not expose the area to intense heat (eg solarium or sauna).
  • It is very important to avoid sun exposure.
  • The use of a broad spectrum SPF 30 and the wearing of a hat are essential.
  • Avoid the use of skin care containing active ingredients such as retinol vitamin c, glycolic acid, lactic acid, perfumes and colours for 1 week after your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

  • Generally treatment of pigmentation requires 1-4 treatments, performed 1 month apart.
  • Treatment for rosacea and vascular areas requires 1-8 treatments (depending on severity), performed 7-14 days apart.

Is there any recovery time?

  • Most client’s go straight back to their normal activities after having IPL photorejuvenation.
  • You may experience temporary redness and a mild sunburn like sensation that may last a few hours to a few days.
  • If you have a large amount of sun damage, freckling or pigmentation you may experience significant darkening and crusting of your pigmentation in the days prior to it being shed from the skin.

Are there any possible complications or side effects?

  • There are always potential complications regarding IPL, however at the Rodin Clinic we perform test patches which enable us to accurately evaluate any potential problems.
  • Examples of potential complications include prolonged redness and swelling which can last 1-4 days.
  • Darker or lighter patches of pigment on the skin can also occur. Darker skins are at increased risk of this.

Who will perform my IPL treatment?

  • A dermal therapist  who is thoroughly trained in advanced skin therapies and rejuvenation.
  • At the Rodin Clinic we pride ourselves on education, professionalism and patient satisfaction.
  • Our therapists have several years experience and are constantly updating their techniques in order to provide you with outstanding care and results.
  • Please see our staff profiles for further information.
  • Intense Pulse Light is not currently regulated in Australia so anyone can purchase an IPL system.

What is the cost IPL permanent hair reduction?

Please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with fee’s and to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation.