If you ask most people what they would most like to improve about their skin, the answer will usually involve making the skin tone more even, clearing the complexion of flaws and imperfections. The ideal look for naturally healthy skin is a clear radiant even skin tone. When the skin is clear of blemishes it projects a natural healthy radiance.
Skin pigmentation can take the form of freckles, age spots or larger patches of discoloured skin. The most common form is hyperpigmentation, which is the excess production of the skin pigment melanin, appearing as localised patches, which are darker than the surrounding skin. The patches are typically non-raised, as the hyperpigmentation occurs beneath the top layer of skin.
Pigmentation can be caused by excess sun exposure, injury, post-inflammation/acne or hormonal changes. Laser and IPL treatment can help to reduce the appearance of many forms of pigmentation.
Laser and IPL can improve the appearance of:
- Darker patches
- Age Spots / Lentigines
- Sun spots
- Some brown birthmarks
- Marks left from scars
Before and After Images
Laser Pigmentation Treatment FAQs
How Does It Work?
A laser is a high-energy beam of light that can precisely transfer this energy into certain tissues within the skin. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength or colour at a time, and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target.
Lasers used on a variety of pigmented (discoloured) skin problems can direct their heat towards a desired target in the skin which results in “damage” to particular tissues that are precisely heated and destroyed by the laser without harming surrounding areas.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light systems differ from lasers in that they can deliver hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in each burst of light. Certain filters are used that target these flashes of light so that they work in a similar way to lasers causing heat damage to the particular skin problem.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The area may swell slightly and feel hot (like a sunburn) for a while after laser treatment, and it might be red and swollen for the rest of the day. Occasionally scabs may form on the treated area, which will fall off in time. Brown spots can become darker within a day, they will fade over about 12 to 18 days.
What Can I Expect In Treatment?
Skin is thoroughly cleansed and then either the Laser or IPL hand-piece is passed over the skin, working through a section at a time. You may feel some slight discomfort while the treatment is being carried out Skin is cooled throughout the treatment either through an attached cooling pipe with Laser treatment or ice packs and rollers with IPL treatment.
What Results Can I Expect To See?
Everyone heals at various rates depending on the depth of treatment, the particular areas treated and your own health and condition. Noticeable results are typically seen in a few weeks and darker or pigmented patches will be noticeably lighter or completely removed.
How Many Treatments Would I Need?
Depending on the severity and type of pigmentation a single session may yield the desired results, however it can take up to 6 sessions.
I'm much more confident going makeup free now I've had treatment. I'm determined to wear sun protection now to maintain the results. The clinic was in a great location and the staff were really friendly, would recommend.Claire
Laser Pigmentation Treatment Prices
|Treatment||Single Treatment||Course of 3||Course of 6||Course of 8|
|Small Area||from £75|
|Medium Area||from £100|
|Large Area||from £150|