Laser/Intense pulsed light for pigmented spots
Gently smooth away the years. Spots on the hands and face are a tell-tale sign of age. These are often ‘missing’ from Hollywood stars and media celebrities, but how do they do it? Often called ‘liver-spots’, these are usually caused by the skin’s response to sun-exposure over the years, though some are due to genetic influence. Whether you call them freckles, sun-spots, liver-spots or age-spots, there’s no getting away from the fact that they are associated with older skin and can put years on your true age! Now you can take those years off again, at The Brookdale Clinic.
Unwanted pigmented areas, including patches on the neck caused by perfume, can be removed effectively using laser and intense pulsed light.
How does it work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) brown spot removal works through firing short bursts of intense light at the skin, using a tiny hand-piece designed specifically for this purpose. The light is absorbed by the colour in the pigmented cells, causing them to heat up and be destroyed. As the epidermis replenishes itself the melanin rises to the surface of the skin, where it dries to form a micro-crust,which gradually flakes away leaving clear skin. It actually sounds rather unpleasant, but in reality all you might see is a slight darkening of the pigment spot that has been treated, followed by a very fine’dry’ patch, which disappears very quickly. The whole process takes around 7-14 days after treatment.
How long does it take?
The time taken for each treatment will vary, depending on the number of pigment spots being treated. Treatment takes place at monthly intervals for up to 3 months, depending on the depth of pigment colour.
How long does it last?
Once the pigment cells are destroyed they cannot produce more melanin, and so the brown spot will disappear. But when spots have resulted from sun-exposure, the underlying skin damage is still there and further unprotected exposure to the sun may cause the skin to create new pigment cells. We always advise you use a high-protection sun cream to protect your skin from further damage. How many sessions will I need? Up to 3 sessions may be required depending on the depth of colour of the pigment.
Does it hurt?
It can sting a little. Because we’re using IPL to create sufficient heat to destroy the pigment cells, this heat can build up and be felt. It’s been described as like having an elastic band flicked across your skin. The laser flashes incredibly quickly, so it’s a very brief sensation. We apply a cooling gel to the area being treated in advance of the treatment taking place and offer use of a cold air jet to cool the skin as the treatment continues.
Are there any side-effects?
As with all treatments affecting the skin there are of course small risks of side-effects. Following the treatment your skin may feel a little sore, but very mildly. There may be some slight reddening of the area treated. This doesn’t even happen in all cases, it depends on the skin type and area treated. We apply cooling aloe vera gel to all areas treated, which is very effective at reducing any inflammation that results. The redness and sensation of warmth will last only a few hours, or maybe overnight, but soon disappears leaving no ill-effects. Before we commence any treatment we take the time to undertake a detailed consultation with you, making sure that you are comfortable with the process and that you have no pre-existing conditions that could adversely affect it. You will have a ‘patch-test’ undertaken, to be sure that your skin does not react adversely to the IPL. If you experience no adverse reactions to this small test we can proceed with the full treatment.
The age spots on the hand can be successfully treated as can be seen in the above photograph.
What do I do now?
Call The Brookdale Clinic on 01565 651832 and book your initial consultation. You can ask questions, gain reassurance and then start ridding yourself of those annoying signs of age.