Our pigmentation removal system utilises the latest Intense Pulsed Light technology (IPL) to safely and effectively provide a long term solution to pigmentation concerns caused by sun damage such as freckles, sun spots and liver spots.
Our intense pulsed light system releases short pulses of filtered light that is readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within freckles, sun spots and liver spots. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes destruction of the melanin-rich cells.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. There is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered and time for a small patch test to be carried out*. Treatment begins with a thin layer of chilled gel being applied to the treatment area. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area cooled. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided. The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 to 30 minutes.
*£20 charge for test patch, redeemable against any IPL treatment
Most people are suitable for treatment, except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. Large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated, however and may need to be checked by a dermatologist. Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body. The pigmented marks that respond best to IPL treatment tend to be superficial lesions caused by sun damage including sun spots and freckles.
Following treatment, pigmented lesions such as freckles and sun spots will eventually fade and ‘flake’ away, leaving a fresher, brighter and more even complexion.
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 6 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a “flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.
The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment and may continue to feel warm for the first few days. Treated lesions will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. A small blister may form or the skin may temporarily become lighter or darker.