Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Goes beyond traditional creams and major surgeries to improve sun-damaged skin and other facial concerns safely and effectively with minimal “down time” or interference with an active lifestyle.
The passage of time and the pleasures and stresses of daily life, along with environmental pollution can cause changes to our skin – such as:
- Sun and Smoke Damage
- Enlarged Pores
- Broken Capillaries
- Mild Acne Scars
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Pigmented Freckles and Age Spots
- Dull Complexions
- Uneven Pigmentation
- Liver Spots
What Are Pigmentation Spots?
Benign pigmented spots are coloured spots or patches on the skin caused by increased production of melanin, the dark pigment in the skin (sun spots, age spots, freckles, uneven skin tone). Some lesions are present at birth whilst others develop with exposure to sun or with age. Everybody wants smooth, clear youthful looking skin. Unfortunately sun damage is inevitable.
Uneven skin tone is patchy areas on the skin caused by increased production of melanin, the dark pigment in the skin. These can develop with the use of harsh products, exposure to sun or with age.
Freckles are localized deposits of melanin. Brown, round or oval pigmented areas on the skin, they are often barely visible. Freckles often occur most often in people with fair skin and light or red hair. The tendency to freckle is usually inherited. They become more numerous and darker in the sun, and therefore more noticeable.
If you have benign pigmented spots then the only way to get rid of them is to have laser treatment. This damage is well beneath the top layers of skin and no creams will ever be able to repair the damage.
How Does Pigmentation Spot Removal Work?
The Intense Pulsed Light system produces a light that eliminates flaws without damaging the surrounding skin. A sapphire crystal waveguide conducts the filtered light to the target chromophores in the tissues causing the unwanted skin lesions to heat up and disintegrate/disappear. Discolouration of the skin and hyper-pigmentation can be irradiated.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 4 to 6 sessions are required at 4-6 week intervals.
How Do I Prepare For A Treatment?
Patients should avoid tanning on the treatment area roughly one month ahead of treatment to avoid excessive light absorption in the skin. Immediately after the treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. High factor sun lotions can be used.
What Is The Treatment Like?
The procedure is non-invasive and pain free. Many people describe the procedure as a flick of an elastic band.
Why Do I Need A Test Patch?
This is to check your skin suitability and to ensure there are no adverse reactions to the treatment. A period of 2 – 5 days must be left between this and commencement of treatment. Not all clients will require a test patch and this will be assessed within the consultation.
- No use of depilatory creams or waxing in the few days prior to the treatment.
- No bleaching of the hairs in the few days prior to the treatment.
- No sunbathing for 2 weeks before the treatment.
- Shave the area to be treated a few days before the treatment.
Post Treatment Care
- Use SPF30+ sun screen daily and avoid any sunbathing for 4 weeks after the treatment.
- No massage on the treated area within 4-5 days.
- Must not press and scratch the treated area.
- Use quality mineral make up and if possible avoid makeup for four to five days following treatment. The skin is sensitive during this period.
- Take Vitamin C and Vitamin E to help with healing.
- No eating hot and spicy food because the skin is sensitive during this period.
- For hair removal, shave the hair between treatments if possible.