Pigmentation of the skin occurs when patches of skin turn darker in colour. It is caused by an overproduction of melanin on the surface of the skin. It is a common skin condition which can be treated with a number of methods.
Preparation before a treatment: You do not need to do anything in order to prepare for treatments. However, in the weeks leading to your appointment, it is important that you should avoid axposure to the sun, as your skin must be kept as pale as possible. This is to prevent too much light from being absorbed by a darker complexion.
Post treatment . Although there may be some redness on your skin after the treatment, people do not normally need any post treatment care. However, some people with more sensitive skin may ease any discomfort by applying ice or aloe vera to the area immediately after the treatment. In the case of sundamaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may become darker, but they will eventually disappear.
FAQ – IPL Acne and Pigmentation
What is the IPL pigmentation procedure?
Following an initial discussion with our IPL practitioner to clearly establish your expectations, we will check your medical history with you to ensure there are no reasons for you not to have the treatment. We will ask you to sign a consent form to confirm that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with this treatment. With your wellbeing in mind, we will always perform a patch test (an IPL treatment on a very small area of skin) prior to a full treatment, to rule out any sensitivities or adverse effects you may have in response to the treatment. Following this, we can then book a convenient time for you to return for your next and full session, normally within 48 hours.
Will it hurt?
As no anaesthetic is required and individuals vary in their thresholds of pain, it is difficult to predict how much, if any, pain a particular client will feel when he or she receives the treatment. To date, patients have describe a wide variety of sensations from a slight pinch to how skin feels after too much sun exposure.
What will my skin look like after the treatment?
Your skin may look slightly flushed. This mild ‘glow’ will usually disappear after 24 hours. In some rare cases some swelling or superficial bruising or crusting may occur whilst the skin is rejuvenating to reveal a brighter and fresher new you!
Can I have a treatment while my skin is tanned?
No. We prefer to treat the skin when it is closest to its natural colour. Any sun exposure should be avoided eight weeks prior to the treatments, and fake tanning should be avoided four weeks prior to treatment.
How many treatments are required?
This really depends on your skin condition. Improvement can be seen with every treatment, although a course of five treatments about four weeks apart generally gives the best results.
How do I take care of my skin following the treatments?
Most patients will not require post treatment care. You should, however, completely avoid sun exposure for up to a week and then use a sunscreen with a minimum spf of 50 on the areas treated, as your skin will be extra sensitive for a few weeks following the treatment.
We provide our clients with Pre and Post IPL skin rejuvenation sheets for a comprehensive guide to the dos and don’ts of the treatment.
Pigmentation Therapy (IPL)
Half Face (Single Session)
Half Face (3 Sessions)
Half Face (6 Sessions)
Full Face (Single Session)
Full Face (3 Sessions)
Full Face (6 Sessions)
Hands (Single Session)
Hands (3 Sessions)
Hands (6 Sessions)