The popularity of pigmentation treatment increases each year due to the popularity of sunbeds and tanning.
Skin pigmentation can take the form of freckles, age spots or larger patches of discoloured skin. The most common form is hyperpigmentation, which is the excess production of the skin pigment melanin, appearing as darker patches of skin.
The patches are typically non-raised, as the hyperpigmentation occurs beneath the top layer of skin.
What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation is essentially the colouration in the skin. It’s determined by the amount of melanin (the colour), which the body produces from its melanocyte cells.
The amount of melanin produced depends primarily on skin type and exposure to sunlight. Fairer skin is the result of a lower melanin production, while darker tones are the result of higher production.
Other than colouring the skin (plus hair and eyes), melanin provides protection by absorbing UVB radiation from the sun. A sun tan (Melanogenesis) is the result of higher melanin production; the body’s own defenses against damaging UVB.
Hormonal and environmental factors can also have an impact on melanin production, resulting in pigmentation disorders. Please note that IPL only works on Sun damage and not melasma.
IPL Treatment for Pigmentation
Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL treatment for pigmentation is a great way to target pigmentation, age spots or sunspots found on the face and back of hands.
IPL treatment for pigmentation can help improve the appearance of:
- Darker patches
- Age Spots / Lentigines
- Sun spots
- Some brown birthmarks
- Marks left from scars
Benefits of IPL treatment
The benefits of IPL is that it goes beyond the traditional creams and major surgeries for pigmentation treatment. That’s because of it’s safety and the little to no downtime it offers. Meaning, you can carry on with your life as normal after treatment.
How does pigmentation treatment work?
Pigmentation treatment works by using laser light. This laser light targets and pulses through the skin’s surface, targeting areas of pigment in the underlying tissue and minor surface blood vessels. When this light comes into contact with the skin, it turns into heat. The heat absorbs into the melanin which breaks it down.
As a result, the pigment breaks down into smaller particles, before rising up to the surface to flake away as part of the body’s natural healing process.
How many treatments do I need?
During your consultation, we will offer advice and a recommendation on how many treatments you will need. The number of treatments each person requires will depend on the type and the size of the pigmented lesion/s . On average, 1 to 3 sessions are often required at 4-6week intervals.
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Prior to treatment, you must first undergo a consultation where we will obtain the details about your medical history. This is to confirm suitability for the treatment. Before proceeding, we will ask you to sign a consent form and undergo a patch test 24 hours before treatment.
Treating pigmentation with IPL
With IPL a layer of chilled gel is first applied to the treatment area. The light applicator is then placed on the skin and a short pulsed light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area where we will repeat the process until the entire area has received treatment.
Following on, our clinician will remove the gel and apply aloe vera and SPF to the treated area.
During the treatment, we will provide you with protective eyewear. You shouldn’t need any anesthesia during treating. Most clients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable.
Little to no downtime
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post-treatment. With IPL treatments the lesion will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. This will crust away over 7-10 days and the pigment will appear lighter or gone.
Please note, it’s important to follow any aftercare guidance
- Avoid sun exposure for up to 30 days prior to treatment.
- Please avoid fake tan or gradual tan for 10 days prior to treatment
- Do not use topical retinol products in the treated area 3 days prior to treatment.
How long do the results last?
Pigmentation results are long-lasting. But after treatment, you will need to make sure you’re protecting your skin from further sun and environmental damage to prevent new spots and blemishes appearing. Using a high SPF can help prevent new pigmentation forming.
Additionally, while the laser treatment does have a significant impact on pigmentation, it doesn’t stop the natural ageing process – so new spots or age-related blemishes may still appear over time.
We offer finance at 0% APR to our clients. You can now pay in installments for any treatment in our range providing it has a minimum value of £250 and you pay a 10% deposit upfront. Applicants can choose between either a 6, 9, 10 or 12-month repayment plan making our state of the art treatments more affordable. If you’re interested in applying, please click here.