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Intense Pulsed Light

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is an FDA approved treatment similar to laser technology.

Introduction to Intense Pulsed Light

An Intense Pulsed Light, is a cosmetic skin treatment that helps reduce the signs of ageing, remove unwanted hair, lighten darker patches of skin and improve the appearance of spider veins and scars. To do this a bright light is aimed at the skin using various filters so that it only targets specific areas of the skin.

Unlike most laser treatments, which typically only match one type of light, Intense Pulsed Light treatments use a broad spectrum that is used with filters in order to be able to use it to combat several different conditions in one treatment, even contributing to reducing pore size.

There is minimal downtime associated with this treatment, and the feeling during treatment is usually compared by patients to a rubber band pinging on the skin.

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Conditions that can be treated include dyschromia (brown or red discolouration of the skin), redness, sun spots, and spider veins or visible blood vessels.


During the treatment, light energy turns to heat, which damages or destroys the unwanted structures. The body then flushes these structures away using natural repair mechanisms to leave you with a more even skin tone. As well as benefits for the evenness and colour of the skin, it can brighten your youthful glow and helps to add small amounts of collagen back into the skin near its surface which improves texture.

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Conditions treated with Intense Pulsed Light

One of the most common problems we treat patients for at PHI Clinic is facial veins. Face veins, or telangiectasia varicose veins, are small clusters of veins that run close to the surface of the skin that have become enlarged.

They are caused when the tiny valves in the circulation system stop working effectively, causing a backlog of blood flow. This backlog leads to the veins swelling and expanding, increasing their visibility over time. Also referred to as thread veins or spider veins, this change in structure is not considered dangerous, but can cause people to be self-conscious or lose confidence as they can be unsightly.



Pigmentation often occur due to the natural ageing process and sun damage. As we age, our skin's ability to regenerate and repair itself diminishes. Exposure to UV radiation accelerates this process, leading to uneven distribution of melanocytes and the formation of irregular melanin deposits in the skin.

These irregular deposits manifest as larger patches of discoloured skin or age spots. Age spots, also referred to as liver spots or solar lentigines, can vary in size from a small freckle to half an inch in diameter. They commonly appear on sun-exposed areas like the shoulders, hands, face, and arms.



Redness is not limited to the face alone; it can also appear on other body areas like the elbows, often as a result of mild scarring from conditions such as acne. Additionally, broken capillaries can emerge on the skin's surface, forming spider veins that may worsen if left untreated.

Since this condition can progress rapidly and have a significant impact on an individual's well-being, it is crucial to seek advice from a clinician regarding treatment as soon as possible. Taking proactive steps can effectively manage the condition and its effects, ultimately restoring your confidence.


At PHI Clinic, these thread veins can be treated using powerful lasers, making insecurities about facial veins a thing of the past for you.

What causes face veins?

Women are more likely to be affected by face veins due to higher oestrogen levels, which are often escalated when on the Pill, undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or simply handling the changes of hormone production through lifestyle changes. This is because these hormones can cause the walls of the veins to relax, reducing the strength of both the veins and their valves, allowing the build-up of blood to quickly increase.


Pregnancy can also make women more susceptible to thread veins, as the increased blood pressure, combined with the change in hormones, often leads to a greater pressure being placed on the veins. For the same reason, obesity can also lead to an increased likelihood of spider veins developing.


Jobs that require standing or sitting for long periods of time are also linked to a higher risk of developing thread veins. This is due to the decreased levels of blood flow caused by remaining in one position for long periods of time.


Environmentally, excessive alcohol consumption can also contribute towards the appearance of spider veins on the face, as this can put an increased amount of pressure on the circulation system. Age is also a major contributor to face veins, as the body naturally loses elasticity over time, and the valves located in the veins are less likely to work to their full capacity.

Safe and effective treatment

Your safe is our priority at PHI Clinic. To ensure maximum standards of patient care, Infini are only ever carried out by our experienced, highly qualified practitioners. 


All our patients have a thorough consultation before having Infini treatment, and treatment is always carried out on a separate day. We believe it is essential for patients to be able to think before deciding whether to go ahead with their bespoke treatment plan

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PHI Clinic
102 Harley Street,
W1G 7JB,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 7883 317963

Opening Hours

Monday & Tuesday - 9:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday - 9:30am to 8:00pm
Friday - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Opening times can change, if your appointment is outside of these times please contact the clinic for confirmation.