Pigmentation is usually caused by either “sun damage” or hormonal influence. Both can be exacerbated by excessive sun exposure. Both can be treated by a combination of IPL and skincare. Pigmentation on darker skins is much more difficult to treat and may be unsuitable for IPL.
IPL can drastically reduce the appearance of “sun spots” on the skin as long as they are not raised. It is important that all spots are examined by your Doctor prior to treatment to rule out any cancerous lesions. Spots can be treated individually or as a whole area.
Pigmentation can occur on the face and neck form many hormonal triggers such as oral contraceptives, pregnancy and menopause. This form of pigmentation is the most difficult to treat. Removing the hormonal influence is the first step and keeping the area away from the sun can reduce the pigmentation. IPL can be used also but, the results can vary from person to person. The number of treatments required can vary but we expect to see improvement with each treatment. The darker the problem the better it tends to respond. Unfortunately we cannot treat this type of pigmentation on olive or dark skins with IPL. It is also important to use fading lotions and skincare products to reduce the problem. Peels and microdermabrasion can sometimes be helpful.
How will it look afterwards?
Initially the pigment treated will be slightly darker , the skin around it may be reddened and slightly inflamed. By the next day the redness should have resolved. The pigment should be even darker again, in some cases changing to almost black and will appear dry. This will slowly come off with your normal skin cell turnover in 10 to 14 days. It important you don’t pick. After 5 to 7 days you may gently exfoliate
Can I wear make up?
You can wear make up after IPL. We recommend mineral make up as it won’t “clog” your pores and has an anti- inflammatory effect.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments depends upon the severity and type of condition, they can vary from 2 – 6. Your consultant will advise you during your assessment.
What areas can be treated?
Any areas on the face and body can be treated. On areas where there is hair present some hair may be lost. The most common areas are neck, face and décolletage.
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