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Pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and liver spots can be successfully lightened or removed using Laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Birthmarks and other larger, deeper areas of pigmentation can also be treated. All of our treatments, which are non-evasive, are suitable for both the face and body and will result in a more flawless, youthful and glowing complexion.
How does the treatment work?
The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems release short pulses of filtered light that is then absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within the pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin which in turn eradicates the melanin-rich cells.
How is the treatment carried out?
With IPL treatment a layer of chilled gel is applied to the treatment area. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area has been treated. The chilled gel is then removed and the area cooled. No gel is required for the Q-Switch Laser treatments, however, due to the power of the Laser energy delivered into the skin, a small amount of pin point bleeding may occur during the treatment, and a dressing may be applied after the treatment to protect the skin while it heals. During treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, lesions covering a large part of the body, pigmentation which is raised (such as moles), mottled or that is dark cannot be treated and may need to be assessed by a dermatologist.
The pigmented marks that have the most successful response are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required.
What should I expect after the treatment?
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. With IPL treatments, the lesions will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. With Laser treatment an initial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following weeks. .
Are there any side effects?
The skin surrounding the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form and the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does each treatment take?
The treatment time will depend on the type and size of the lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 – 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 - 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.
Prices from £45
Courtesy of Lunton Lasers
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