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Skin Pigmentation can be treated with IPL as the melanin (skin colour) attracts the light and therefore heats up. The skin that contained the pigment slowly lifts to the surface of the skin and falls off.
Images is able to offer a treatment to reduce the colour of pigmented lesions caused by sun damage, using Intense Pulsed Light technology.
A doctor’s letter confirming that no skin cancers are present is required before commencing treatment.
It may be difficult to assess the degree of results before treatment commences, but one initial treatment will give an indication as to whether the pigment is likely to reduce, and then further treatments can be done if needed.
One treatment is often enough to see stunning results, but 2 or 3 may be needed for optimal results. Treatments are performed at 4 to 6 weekly intervals.
Results will vary. Not all pigmentation will fade. Usually sun damage typically seen on backs of hands, forearms, décolletage and face will respond well. Hormonal pigmentation and other pigmentation with a medical cause may not respond, or will have minimal results.
This treatment is not permanent as we do not destroy the cell that produces the pigment Melanin.
Melanin is produced by specialised cells called melanocytes found deep in the skin. It is a non – coloured cell, therefore IPL can not destroy it. Melanin moves from a melanocyte into adjacent skin cells as a clear substance. When skin is exposed to sunlight (UVA or UVB) the melanin substance changes from clear to brown thus changing the colour of the skin cell to brown.
IPL only treats melanin that has changed from clear to brown. We will explain this during your consultation. IPL will cause the melanin to coagulate inside the pigmented skin and this skin sloughs off.
However, if this area of skin is exposed to sunlight in the future, it will tan again. Using sunblock and anti-pigmentation skin care can help to slow or “block” the return of this “tan/colour”. We can discuss the use of Pigment Inhibitors.