The sun, our age and environmental factors all leave their mark on our skin.

Photorejuvenation removes pigmentation, for example, age and sun spots, freckles, helps to create a more even skin tone and texture, is used for facial flushing (broken capillaries near the surface of the skin. Light therapy can also aid in reducing acne breakout by targeting the propionibacterium (P. Acne).

If you want to

  • Reduce the visual signs of ageing
  • Remove UV damage
  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce acne breakout

Visiting the ATAI educational clinic provides you with clinically proven evidence-based therapies while saving you money.

Because we are a teaching aesthetics practice, you should be aware that treatment times are often longer than a typical clinic treatment. Your treatment may be in front of more than one person. You will be photographed before and after the procedure as per best practices in aesthetics; however, these images will not identify you. All our students are already qualified healthcare professionals and qualified therapists.

Photorejuvenation – Even though many people search for laser treatment, it is in fact, an IPL machine that is predominantly used for skin rejuvenation therapy. IPL provides a safe method for removing common skin blemishes, redness and is also used for acne and rosacea treatment.

Dark spots (age spots) caused by UV damage are one of the most common procedures, normally treated over three sessions. The treatment is highly effective and provides virtually no downtime. You do need to stay out of direct sunlight during the course of treatment and use a broad spectrum SPF 30+ as the skin does become sensitive to light and can cause further hyperpigmentation.

When you come in for a consultation you will talk you through the treatment and inform you of any specific criteria for your treatment. Before the course of treatment, it is advisable to try and avoid tanning in the sun and tanning products.

Depending on the severity of the hyperpigmentation will affect how many sessions will be needed to treat effectively and remove the UV damage. After treatment, some redness is to be expected and over a ten day period the pigmented marks will slowly disappear. It is common for the arms and chest area to take longer than ten days, and is also dependent on the severity of the UV damage.

It’s all fun in the sun until the UV damage sets in

You would expect that living in Ireland means less UV damage, however; that is far from the case. Getting a bit too much sun on our sun holidays is something we are really good at. Sun Spots, which are a form of UV damage appear as brown patches. Freckles appear or multiply, the arms, back, chest and face are common as they spend the most time under the warming rays. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the machine to remove the sun damage and rejuvenate the skin.

How many treatments are required to remove sun spots?

It depends on the individual, but on average three to five sessions is typical. People that fish, play a lot of outdoor sports or visit hot places frequently, may require more sessions.

How does the treatment work?

The IPL device emits a light spectrum that targets the haemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). It passes through the epidermis and absorbed by the melanin or haemoglobin. The machine uses filters and customisable settings to target age spots or facial flushing. Melanin pigment is fractured and breaks down reducing the appearance of the brown spots. It is similar to superficial facial veins or flushing, the light damages the vein wall and is harmlessly absorbed into the body.

How long does it take to see results?

As mentioned, a course is normally needed consisting of 3 to 5 sessions. Each session is typically 4 to 6 weeks apart. You will see an improvement after each session, and individual results will vary. In a nutshell, the more sun damage or broken capillaries you have, the more sessions you will need. When you come in for your consultation, you will be given an estimation of how many sessions you will need.

Will the treatment hurt?

There is a mild discomfort and the first session is normally the worst. You will find as the sessions progress the treatment becomes more comfortable.

How long will each session take?

Depending on the size of the area being treated will gauge the session duration. On average treatment takes 30 to 90 minutes, with the longer treatment time typically being large areas of the back and arms.