Excessive skin pigmentation can be from a number of causes including sun exposure, hormones, and skin trauma. Pigmentation can be treated with lasers, IPL (intense pulse light) skin needling & lightening creams. The mode of treatment used will be dependent on the type of pigmentation, client preference, and client risk tolerance.
Pigmentation can be classified into epidermal (superficial), dermal (deep), and mixed. Different lasers are used for different types of skin pigmentation & skin types. UV protection/sunscreen is paramount in the treatment of pigmentation.
Pigmented lesions such as age spots & freckles can be successfully lightened or removed with IPL. If you suffer from Melasma we recommend booking a consultation with one of our Skin Therapists who can recommend the right treatment for your skin condition.
These treatments are non-invasive, suitable for both the face and body, and will result in a more even skin tone.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO INTENSE PULSED LIGHT AND LASERS WORK?
Intense Pulsed Light systems release short pulses of filtered light that is readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within freckles, sun spots or liver spots. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
With Intense Pulsed Light treatments a layer of chilled gel is 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.
AM I SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT?
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Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required. What should I expect after the treatment? The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. With Intense Pulsed Light treatments the lesions will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
HOW LONG DOES EACH TREATMENT TAKE?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.