Pigmentation

Sun spots, liver spots,freckles and other forms of pigmentation are often associated with skin ageing and the overuse of sun beds and excessive sun exposure. From the age of around 40 the skin is less able to regenerate and sun spots start to appear. Generally these spots pose no health risk but can look unsightly and create a patchy, less youthful appearance. Freckles and age spots are easily lightened or removed with laser or IPL. Other marks such as those caused by hormonal changes or during pregnancy are more difficult to treat, but can be improved by the regular use of Priori Skinceutical AHA and Idebenone products and skin peels. Birthmarks can be treated with a Q -switched laser.

How does Intense Pulsed Light Work?

The Intense Pulse Light System releases 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 eradicates the melanin-rich cells.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, large, raised and dark pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be assessed by a doctor. Dark moles should not be treated nor would we advise IPL for melasma, this would be better suited to fractional laser.

What does treatment feel like?

Prior to treatment a full medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form. Any make up will be removed and a thin layer of chilled gel applied if you are having an IPL treatment. The gel is not required for laser treatment. Treatment is mildly uncomfortable and a warm, tingling sensation not unlike sunburn is experienced afterwards. Cooled air is blown on the skin throughout the procedure to minimise discomfort. Afterwards chilled aloe vera gel and sun block will be applied.

What will I look like after treatment?

The skin may be slightly red and the pigment marks will darken and may appear more obvious before they gradually flake off and fade away.

Are there any side effects?

Most people experience little more than slight reddening and possibly mild swelling which will usually disappear within hours to a couple of days. Very rarely a small blister may form or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin can occur.