IPL Patient Guide


IPL Patient Guide

The aim of the clinic is to provide the highest level of expertise in IPL treatment of vascular lesions (Rosacea, Thread Veins etc), skin rejuvenation, long term hair removal and acne vulgaris using the Excelight Intense Pulsed Light system from Lynton Ltd.  Treatments are offered to all over the age of 18 years old, prices for our treatments can be found published on our website or if preferred an individualised quote for your chosen treatment can be obtained by request at contact@peppermintaesthetics.com.

Prior to treatment commencing, a thorough consultation will take place where the treatment is explained in detail, and a test patch will be given, to assess skin reaction.  Treatment can then take place 7 days later.  At all times clients will be treated with dignity and respect, with attention to detail, dignity and privacy taking a high priority in the treatments we deliver, you can be assured that all your information will be treated as confidential.

Shane Griffiths is the registered manager who has worked as a Registered Nurse in our local community for 3 years and has been practising as an aesthetics specialist for 2 years  after opening his own clinic in the Hengoed area carrying out aesthetic treatments such as hair removal, anti-wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers, chemical peels and has continued his own professional development by completing the necessary training with the Lynton Group to enable him to offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments to his clients for the removal of superfluous hair, thread veins, skin tightening, pigmentation, acne and for skin rejuvenation.

Terms and Conditions:

1. We are required by law to seek your consent for us to send details of your treatment to your GP. During a consultation we will ask for your GP details. If you do not consent for these details to be provided, if the need should arise, we will need to pass details of treatment directly to you for your own reference so you can pass them on to your GP.

2. Initial consultations are free of obligation and free of charge. Payment is due in full at the time treatment. Cash, credit /debit cards or bank transfers are accepted. Value packages are available for those who pay in advance for a course of multiple treatments. All treatments are non-refundable and pre-paid courses are non-transferable. Skin care products purchased from us are also non-refundable.

3. The clinic implements a cancellation policy. Any appointment booked and not attended will carry a charge of 50% of the treatment cost. Peppermint Aesthetics will not charge for cancellations when given 24hours notice but would appreciate the earliest notice if you are unable to attend, however Peppermint Aesthetics reserves the right to waive this charge.

4. Children are not allowed into laser-controlled areas and Peppermint Aesthetics is unable to supervise children left unattended in the waiting room. Please do not bring children under the age of 10 unless a responsible adult is accompanying you.

Hair Removal:

Superfluous hair is a common problem nowadays for both men and women as we live in a society that is becoming increasingly trichophobia and more attention seems to be placed upon personal appearance and grooming.

Shane is currently trained to perform laser hair removal for the permanent removal of unwanted hair with the Lynton Group, Shane has a sound client base in aesthetic treatments with many referrals being made through personal recommendation due to his non-judgmental and confidential approach when delivering chosen treatments.

Shane has recently been fully trained in the use of the Excelight machine for Intense Pulsed Light Therapies which is a safe and effective system for long term hair removal.  This system produces desired results on a wide range of skin and hair types much more quickly and comfortably than electrolysis. The colour pigment in the hair, melanin, absorbs the light when it is flashed across the skin causing the hair follicle to heat up thus restricting the follicles ability to produce another hair.

Vascular Treatments:

Shane has undergone training with the Lynton group to treat vascular lesions, thread/red veins and rosacea with the Excelight Intense Pulsed Light System.

Excelight Laser removes vascular lesions safely, effectively and quickly using the Ellipse handpiece. Common vascular conditions that can be treated include fine thread veins & rosacea.

Rosacea is a common condition of unknown cause affecting facial skin.  It usually appears when people reach 30 - 40 and manifests as a flushing/redness on cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.  If left untreated it can worsen and the redness can increase.  Bumps and pimples and small dilated blood vessels become visible.

Thread veins and telangiectasia can be simply treated with the Excelight.  They tend to occur on the face and legs and generally consist of fine visible veins appearing near the surface of the skin.  They can increase over time.  Leg thread veins are very common, 1 in 5 women find them very embarrassing and distressing. Only fine veins on legs can be successfully treated.

Skin Rejuvenation:

This is becoming more popular as society is increasingly interested in anti-ageing treatments and products.  It is less traumatic or costly than surgery, microdermabrasion and the skin recovery is quick.  Shane has undergone training to carry out treatments to remove ‘sun spots’ and to stimulate skin rejuvenation with the Excelight is a Multifunctional Intense Pulsed Light system.

Shane uses systems purchased from the Lynton group which is made in the Britain and is considered to be the UK’s No 1 IPL manufacturer and is a leading supplier to many company’s including the NHS and has multiple machines installed in clinics worldwide.  The company prides itself on technical excellence and customer support. It is certified to ISO46001 and applies CE mark to all its products.

Acne Treatments:

The Excelight has a developed a program that can greatly help reduce the infection and inflammation associated with acne vulgaris.  Shane has undergone training for this treatment and witnessed great benefits with through this treatment on the distressing skin condition.

Standard Forms of Contract

All treatments will only be carried out after a detailed prior consultation between the patient and the practitioner.  A test patch is carried out prior to a treatment and a time lapse of at least 7 days must precede treatment. Upon signing your consent, you are confirming that you understand the benefits and risks of treatment. In addition, you are also acknowledging that no guarantee can be given with regard to clinical outcome.

Results of the Consultation:

Consultations are carried out prior to any laser/IPL treatment in order to confirm your suitability for treatment. We discuss your expectations and provide a thorough explanation of the treatments provided. Any questions you may have will be addressed and any possible risks or side effects highlighted.

Consultation Procedure:

Prior to any treatment the operator will provide a full consultation with the client. The consultation will identify the expectations of the client and provide a complete explanation of the treatment provided. Any questions the client has will be addressed and a medical history will be taken to identify any possible problems or contraindications. A full explanation of the possible risks and side effects will be discussed and written informed consent will be obtained from the patient. The patient will be able to take away an information leaflet with a contact telephone number for further questions that will outline the treatment and details covered during the consultation.

The consultation will also identify the necessary parameters for treatment on a particular client. Prior to treatment, a test patch will be carried out to confirm that there are no adverse reactions to the light. A comprehensive record of the consultation and any future treatments will be stored electronically, ensuring confidentiality is maintained and safe storage of records held.

Restrictions & Suitability:

Not everyone is suitable for laser treatment/s. We will not be able to laser your skin if you have an active tan, in the form of sunbeds, sun bathing or fake tan. Clients are required to be approx 4 weeks clear but 2 weeks in some instances. Advice will be given at consultation.

Laser Hair Removal is not suitable on people who have white, grey and red hair, due to the lack of melanin in the hair and follicle.

IPL laser treatments are not suitable on skin type 6 (African Caribbean). This skin type carries the highest of risks due to the large amount of melanin found in this skin type and would burn, blister and possibly scare. We are not able to treat this skin type.

IPL lasers are not suitable to treat areas where there are tattoos. The surrounding skin can be treated but not  where there is ink. Although an IPL laser is not able to remove a tattoo it is still able to change colours and distort images, plus burn, blister and possibly scare the skin.

Some illnesses and medication will also stop a client from receiving laser treatment. Advice will be given at consultation.

Should a reaction happen as a result of a test patch a client would not be able to have further laser treatments.

We are not able to treat pregnant women.

Additional Information:

Any information we hold about you is kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act. You may have access to your own records at any reasonable time. Copies can be also be made with 24 hours’ notice and payment of a £10.00 administrative charge.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales - Contact Details:

If you feel you have any concerns surrounding the treatment and care that you have received from the staff at Peppermint Aesthetics you can make a complaint to the Health Inspectorate Wales. Details below:

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

Welsh Government

Rhydycar Business Park

Merthyr Tydfil

CF48 1UZ

Tel: 0300 062 8163

The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales is the independent inspectorate and regulator of healthcare in Wales. The HIW is the organisation that allows Peppermint Aesthetics to carry out the treatments it offers.