Pigmentation

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.

Procedure

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.

Treatment summary

Procedure Time

15 - 30 minutes


Duration of Result

Occasional top ups may be required


Recovery Time

1 - 5 days

Back to Work

Same day


Number of Treatments

1 - 4