Laser/Intense pulsed light for pigmented spots
Gently smooth away the years. Pigmented spots on the back of your hands and on your face are a tell-tale sign of age, yet they’re often ‘missing’ from Hollywood stars and media celebrities – so 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 here 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. Our Laser expert Josna has treated many pigmented spot areas and works hard to ensure that you get the results you want.
How does the treatment for pigmented spots 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 (surface of the skin) replenishes itself the melanin rises to the surface of the skin where it dries to form a micro-crust, gradually flaking away leaving clear skin. Whilst it might sound a little unpleasant, 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 will disappear very quickly. The whole process takes around 7-14 days after treatment.
These pictures showing treatment to a sun spot on the side of the face demonstrate just how effective just laser treatment can be at reducing pigmented spots!
How long does it take?
The time taken for each treatment will vary depending on the number of pigment spots being treated. Treatment can take place at monthly intervals for up to 3 months, depending on the depth of pigment colour.
Before we start treatment we take the time undertaking a detailed consultation with you, ensuring you are comfortable with the process and that you’ve no pre-existing conditions that could adversely affect it. A ‘patch-test’ will be undertaken to ensure 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.
How long does it last?
Once the pigment cells are destroyed they cannot produce more melanin, so the brown spot will disappear. However, when pigmented 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 SPF 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. See our current prices here.
Does it hurt?
The treatment can sting a little because we’re using IPL to create heat to destroy the pigment cells and as this builds up it may be felt. It’s been described as like having an elastic band flicked across your skin. The laser flashes incredibly quickly, so it is only a very brief sensation. A cooling gel is applied to the area being treated before the treatment takes place and we offer the 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. Immediately after treatment your skin may feel a little sore, but likely will be very mild. There may be some slight reddening of the area treated, although this doesn’t happen in all cases – it depends on the skin type and area treated. We apply a cooling aloe vera gel to all areas treated, which is very effective at reducing any inflammation that results. Any redness and sensation of warmth will last only a few hours, or maybe overnight, but soon disappears leaving no ill-effects.
Age spots on the hands can be successfully treated with a series of IPL treaments as can be seen in this photograph.
What do I do now?
Call us at The Brookdale Clinic on 01565 651832 and book your initial consultation with Josna. You can ask questions, gain reassurance and then start ridding yourself of those annoying signs of age.