BIOCARE-LITE – ADVANCED IPL, SHR and SSR

The Perfect Introduction to Effective IPL Therapies

Here at Enhance Your Beauty we offer the latest technology in hair removal and skin rejuvenation systems. Our Biocare-Lite offers Advanced IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), SHR (Super Hair Removal) and SSR (Super Skin Rejuvenation) treatments, reducing treatment times by more than half whilst delivering great superfast results.

SHR ‘ Super Hair Removal’

SHR ‘Super Hair Removal’ delivers repetitive low-energy light pulses that accumulate in the hair to effectively destroy the follicle. Its gentle application makes SHR suitable for light and dark skin types as well as recently tanned skin. With in-motion gliding delivery, SHR reduces treatment times by more than half and is super comfortable. Delivers faster, more effective hair removal for all skin types.

Hair Removal

  • Quickly and comfortably remove unwanted hair from all areas of the face and body.

Light of a specific wavelength spectrum is pulsed at the treatment site and absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle where it is immediately converted into heat. The shaft of the hair acts as a conductor that delivers the thermal energy to the hair root and underlying germ cells. Here, the energy irreversibly damages the hair root so no more hair can grow.

  • How many treatment sessions are required?

Hair grows in cycles that consists of three phases – 

  • The Anagen phase (active growth) 
  • The Catagen phase (dormant growth) 
  • The Telogen phase (fall-out stage)

Hair can only be permanently destroyed during the Anagen phase.

Typically, around 35% of hair in an area will be permanently reduced during a treatment, which over 6 sessions will deliver a 90-95% overall reduction in hair.

  • How long between treatments?

Hair removal treatment sessions should be performed with the appropriate interval time between treatments to accommodate the growth cycle phases of different areas:

Hair Removal (Body): 6-8 weeks               Hair Removal (Face): 4-6 weeks

SSR ‘Super Skin Rejuvenation’

SSR ‘Super Skin Rejuvenation’ is the latest evolution in IPL technology that offers faster, more effective photo rejuvenation of the skin. By emitting a sequence of low-energy light pulses, SSR delivers the optimal level of energy required to stimulate collagen production and correct uneven skin tone. This ensures great anti-ageing results from a quick and painless treatment.

Skin Rejuvenation

  • Naturally stimulate collagen production for firmer, younger looking skin.

Pulsed light targets the deep dermis where collagen and elastin are produced. Here, a photo-bio stimulation effect occurs as the energy from the light pulses activates the formation of new collagen and elastin fibres that visibly smooth the skin for a healthier, younger look. Skin rejuvenation treatments will also reduce the appearance of diffused redness and mild pigmentation to improve the skin’s tone and complexion.

  • How many treatment sessions are required?

The effects of skin rejuvenation treatments and the stimulated increase in collagen production is accumulative, and so requires a course of 4-6 treatment sessions.

  • How long between treatments?

Skin rejuvenation treatment sessions should be performed with the appropriate interval time of 3-4 week’s between treatments to leave enough time between treatments so not to irritate or damage the skin, but also accommodate the accumulative effect of neocollagenesis.

Pigmentation

  • Correct uneven skin tone by naturally breaking down hyperpigmentation.

Light is absorbed by the excessive melanin in benign skin pigmentations and converted to heat. The heat causes the pigment to break down so that it may be drawn to the epidermis and naturally shed away as the skin continues its on-going remodelling process.

  • How many treatment sessions are required?

Generally, 4-6 treatment sessions will be required to remove epidermal pigmentation. However, lighter and more superficial areas of pigmentation will reduce quicker than darker areas. 

  • How long between treatments?

Pigmentation treatment sessions should be performed with the appropriate interval time of 3-4 weeks between treatments to leave enough time between treatments so not to irritate or damage the skin, but also accommodate the process by which the broken down pigment sloths away at the surface as part of the skin’s ongoing natural regeneration. This process also often makes the pigment appear slightly darker as it becomes more superficial, however the reduction in pigmentation is then seen once the pigment sloths away.

Vascular Therapy

  • A reduction in the size of the vascular lesion and a restored even complexion.

Using a specific wavelength spectrum with high absorption by haemoglobin, light pulses target superficial blood vessels that cause vascular lesions such as Rosacea. The converted heat energy coagulates the vessels, which are then broken down and removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system.

  • How many treatment sessions are required?

Generally, 4-6 treatment sessions will be required to reduce the vascular lesion. However, smaller and more superficial vascular lesions will reduce quicker than larger, deeper structures.

  • How long between treatments?

Vascular therapy treatment sessions should be performed with the appropriate interval time of 3-4 weeks between treatments to leave enough time between treatments so not to irritate or damage the skin, but also accommodate the process by which the coagulated vascular structures are broken down and removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. Coagulation of the vascular structures will often make them appear slightly darker initially, however the reduction in their appearance is then seen once the body removes them.

Acne Therapy

  • Target inflammatory acne to reveal healthy clearer skin.

Acne porphyrins absorb near-UV pulsed light, which triggers a chemical release that selectively destroys the propionic bacterium responsible for the acne inflammation. The size of the sebaceous glands is also reduced, limiting the quantity of sebum they are able to produce, and further reducing the appearance of acne.

  • How many treatment sessions are required?

Generally, 4-6 treatment sessions will be required to reduce the appearance of acne. However, milder areas of acne will often see a quicker reduction than larger, more aggressive areas of acne.

  • How long between treatments?

Acne therapy treatment sessions should be performed with the appropriate interval time of 2-3 weeks between treatments to leave enough time between treatments so not to irritate or damage the skin, but also accommodate enough treatment regularity to ensure the acne bacteria is further reduced before being able to return and spread.

Consultation procedure for IPL

At the initial consultation, we will determine your skin type on the Fitzpatrick scale to be able to design a treatment plan specifically for you. We will then perform a patch test near to the area that requires treatment. This is to determine how sensitive your skin is to the treatment and also to establish the right IPL energy settings. We will then book you in for your first treatment 1-4 weeks from the patch test date. 

Pre Treatment Advice

Before Treatment

  • Avoid skin exposure to UV (sun or tanning beds) or self-tan before and/or between treatments.
  • (3-4 weeks for IPL therapies and 1-2 weeks for SHR).
  • Shave any hair in the treatment area 24 hours or less prior to treatment.
  • Do not use bleaching creams or perfumed products for 48 hours before treatment sessions.
  • Avoid exfoliating, microdermabrasion, or peels for at least 1 week before treatment sessions.
  • Keep the intended treatment area dry and clean.
  • Hydrate the body and skin by drinking plenty of water.

Contraindications

As with most treatments, there are some contraindicative conditions that can mean that you are unsuitable for a specific treatment. Some contraindications are permanent, whereas others are temporary.

Permanent Contraindications

Whenever a permanent contraindication is identified or suspected, you should seek advice from a medical professional to determine your suitability for treatment. Evidence of approval for treatment will need to be obtained before proceeding with the treatment.

Although not exhaustive, the following list specifies a range of the more common conditions that are regarded as permanent contraindications:

Skin pigmentary conditions, history of keloid scarring, dermatological conditions or allergies, auto-immune conditions (e.g. HIV or Lupus), liver of kidney disease, cancer of any form at any time, epilepsy, herpes, diabetes, coronary & blood pressure conditions, use of anti-coagulant medication, hair growth related problems (e.g. PCOS), implants / pacemakers, gold salt injections for arthritis, tattoos in treatment area, very dark skin types.

Temporary Contraindications

Whenever a temporary contraindication is identified or suspected, you will need to wait until such point that they are no longer affected by the condition or have obtained approval for treatment from a medical professional and have provided evidence of this.

Although not exhaustive, the following list specifies a range of the more common conditions that are regarded as temporary contraindications:

Pregnant or breast feeding, topical medications (e.g. hydrocortisone), anti-inflammatories, bacterial infections (e.g. impetigo), antibiotics, St. John’s Wort, open cuts or wounds, photosensitising medications, roaccutane or Tretinoin, recently tanned skin (sun, tanning bed, or fake tan), wearing perfumes, deodorants, sun block, or skin oils/lotions, recent waxing, tweezing, plucking or threading, under 18 years old (without parent)

Photosensitising Medications

Some medications cause increased photosensitivity. This means that you are potentially more sensitive to light and could more easily be injured by light-based treatments, even when using parameters that would usually be considered safe. During the consultation process, you must disclose information about all drugs/medications that you are taking, including; prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, or herbal remedies.

The list below comprises of some of the main drugs/medications that have been linked to photosensitivity, and therefore would be contraindicative to Laser or IPL treatment until the appropriate time had been taken off the drug.

  • Drugs administered for systemic Photodynamic Therapy (e.g. Photofrin, Foscan) Wait 6 months before treatment.
  • Drugs administered for local Photodynamic Therapy (e.g. Ameluz, Metvix) Wait 6 weeks before treatment.
  • Oral Retinoids (e.g. isotretinoin (Roaccutane), acitretin (Neotigason), alitretinoin (Toctino)). Wait 6 months before treatment.
  • Topical Retinoids (e.g. tretinoin (Retin-A, Aknemycin Plus), isotretinoin (Isotrexin), adapalene (Differin)). Discontinue 2 weeks before treatment.
  • Oral Steroids (e.g. betamethasone, cortisone, deflazacort, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methyl prednisolone, prednisolone, triamcinolone). Discontinue 4 weeks before treatment.
  • Topical steroids. Discontinue 1 week before treatment.St John’s Wort. Discontinue 4 weeks before treatment.
  • Minocycline (Minocin). Discontinue 4 weeks before treatment.

Post Treatment Advice

During your consultation process, you will be instructed in post-treatment skin care and should be provided with written instructions that recommend how to best care for the area after treatment.

After Treatment

  • A cold compress may be applied to the treatment area if it feels hot or uncomfortable.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel to relieve any sensation of sunburn or itching.
  • Avoid restrictive clothing over the treatment area.
  • Avoid use of creams containing salicylic or glycolic acid.
  • Avoid deodorant and perfumes in the treatment area for 48 hours.
  • Avoid swimming, saunas, hot baths or hot showers for 1 week.
  • Avoid aerobic exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid sun exposure – use a strong sun block (SPF 30+) if sun exposure is unavoidable.
  • Do not exfoliate the skin for one week post-treatment.
  • Do not shave for 48-72 hours after treatment.
  • Do not pick or scratch any crusting of the skin.
  • Do not use self-tanning products for 1 week after treatment.
  • Recognition of Treatment Related Problems

Following treatment, it is not uncommon for, the skin to be temporarily red and feel warm, which usually subsides within a few minutes or hours.

More severe side effects from an adverse reaction are rare and usually transient, however we advise for you to contact the clinic or a medical professional if the treatment area presents symptoms of excessive persistent heat and redness, damage to the natural skin texture (blistering), or excessive swelling or bruising.

PRICES

Face

Upper Lip
Chin
Upper Lip & Chin
Sides of Face
Full Face
Neck
Face & Neck
£25
£20
£35
£30
£60
£40
£80

Upper & Lower Body

Full Arms
Half Arms
Underarms
Full Legs
Half Lower Legs
Half Upper Legs
Bikini
Extended Bikini
Hollywood
Buttocks
Chest & Stomach
Nipples
Full Back
Half Back
Shoulders
Full Back & Shoulders
Upper Back & Shoulders

£100
£50
£40
£175
£75
£100

£40
£50
£60
£70
£100
£30
£100
£70
£50
£140
£100

COMBINATION Packages

Full Body Package - £275

(save £180! – price per session)

Includes:

  • Full Legs
  • Hollywood
  • Full Arms
  • Underarms
  • Full Face & Neck

Half Body Package - £175

(save £95! – price per session)

Includes:

  • Half Legs
  • Half Arms
  • Underarms
  • Face & Neck

Or

  • Full Legs
  • Hollywood
  • Underarms
  • Lips & Chin

£200 (save £110! – price per session)

IPL Skin Treatments

All Treatments 

(Acne, pigmentation, vascular, skin rejuvenation)

  • Face. £60
  • Face & Neck £80
  • Face Neck & Décolleté. £100
Additional for Acne Therapy
  • T-Zone. £40
  • Cheeks £50
  • Upper back £100
  • Face & Upper back. £150

A consultation and patch test are an essential requirement prior to commencing any IPL treatment. This is a bookable appointment that lasts around 15/30 minutes.

Consultation & patch test £20 (redeemable against 1st treatment)