Sun spots, liver spots, freckles and other unwanted pigmentation are often associated with
skin ageing and over exposure to the sun or sunbeds. From the age of about 40 the skin is less
able to regenerate from sun exposure and age spots start to appear. Generally, these age spots
pose no health risk, however they can be unsightly and create a patchy, less youthful
appearance. Freckling and age spots are successfully lightened or removed with Laser or
Intense Pulse Light.
IPL or Intense Pulse Light skin rejuvenation and pigment removal treatment is a relatively
quick and easy procedure. Age spots and freckles can be lightened or removed in as little as
one to three treatment sessions. The light targets areas of excess pigment safely breaking
down the excess melanin. The sun spots or freckles darken in the first few days after
treatment and then the excess melanin sheds naturally away leaving a more even skin tone.
Large, raised and dark pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be assessed by our
Medical Advisor. Moles should not be treated nor would we advise IPL for melasma.
A full consultation will be given discussing the procedure, aftercare, cost and likely outcomes
and a simple free patch test will be performed to ensure suitability for the treatment.
A cool gel will be applied to help the handpiece glide, aid absorption of the light and to
increase client comfort. Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a ‘flick of an
elastic band’. No anaesthetic is required, and most clients describe the discomforts as
moderate and tolerable. The individual lesions are then treated, the gel removed and a cooling
balm applied. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
The skin may be slightly red and the pigment marks will darken and may appear more
obvious before they fade away.
Post procedure instructions
Care should be taken to avoid trauma to the treated are for 4-5 days
Avoid strenuous activities, sauna, steam rooms and excessively hot baths
Ice packs or aloe vera can be applied if area feels hot or swollen
Make-up can be reapplied after several hours
Superficial scabbing/flaking is expected, which should be left to fall off naturally
SPF 50 should be applied to any area exposed to sunlight
Can anyone have this treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment except for...
Very dark skinned or tanned individuals
History of keloid scarring
Breast feeding and pregnancy
Severe photosensitive skin
Epilepsy within last 12 months
Skin cancer or other malignant disease
Cancer in the last 2 years
Active inflammatory skin condition such as eczema, herpes simplex in the area
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical
history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to
sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
15 - 30 minutes
Duration of Result
Occasional top ups may be required
1 - 5 days