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IPL Pigment Removal

What is IPL pigment removal?

Age spots, brown spots, sun spots, liver spots and freckles are associated with premature ageing and exposure to ultra violet radiation from the sun. Generally these spots pose no health risk however, they can create a patchy, less youthful appearance.

Pigmentation of the skin occurs when patches of the skin turn darker in colour which is caused by an over production of melanin on the surface of the skin. This is most often caused by sun exposure but can also be a result of hormonal changes or post inflammation. Pigmentation is most often seen on areas of skin that are exposed frequently to UV light such as hands, face and décolleté.

What are the benefits of IPL pigment removal?

  • Minimise or eliminate the appearance of pigmentation, sun spots, age spots and freckles.
  • Solve skin discolouration quickly and effectively
  • Refresh the skin from sun damage
  • Can treat the face, hands and décolletage
  • Provide natural-looking improvement
  • Produces long lasting results.

How does the treatment work?

Light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.

What does the treatment involve?

The treatment works using a light applicator that 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. Most people describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required. The treatment area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. 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. 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.

Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be checked by a dermatologist. Large, dark moles should not be treated. The pigmented marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles.

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Intense Pulsed Light technology varies widely in quality and not all IPL systems are the same. Here at The Ivy Clinic we use the best system available from Lynton Lasers which is considered the industry gold standard and is clinically proven to get fast and effective results.

Prior to any treatment, you will always be offered a free of charge skin consultation that will allow you to discuss your skin condition, treatment goals and expectations with one of our highly trained skin practitioners. Consultations are bespoke to each client and are all held in a private treatment room. If you choose to go ahead with the treatment you will be required to have a skin patch test which can usually be carried out immediately after the consultation.

In order to book a free consultation, either call us on 020 8977 8700, or use our online booking form.

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