What is IPL Pigmentation Treatment?
Pigmentation, age spots and freckles are typically caused by sun exposure or the natural ageing process. They can vary considerably in size, shape and depth, and be raised or flat. Pigmentation is extremely common on the face, neck, décolletage, and back of the hands.
IPL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light, is an effective skin pigmentation treatment. The light emitted is attracted to the pigmented target, the heat reaction caused, breaks down into tiny particles and darkens the pigmentation beneath the skin. This pigment then lifts to the surface and can form a slight crust/flaking to the skin, which will naturally slough away within 7-10 days. However it’s worth noting that we recommend waiting 4 weeks before the clinical end point. It is a safe, precise and very effective way to eliminate pigmentation and unwanted freckles.
Our state-of-the-art IPL pigmentation machines can treat skin types 1-3 on the Fitzpatrick classification. Skin type 1 is extremely fair skin that usually burns.
Stimulates collagen production
Creates a youthful appearance
Ideal for sensitive skin
Initial Pigmentation Consultation
At your initial consultation at our Kensington or Wimbledon clinic, one of our skincare experts will examine your skin to understand what you are looking to treat. This way, they can look at your areas of pigmentation and decide the best treatment plan.
We will then discuss the suitable treatment options with you and carry out an IPL treatment skin patch test. This patch test is for your well-being and safety, and we cannot treat you without it, even if you have had previous IPL pigmentation treatments elsewhere.
It is important to avoid the sun during your IPL treatment for pigmentation and for 30 days afterwards. If you are going on holiday, please let us know at your initial consultation so that we can plan around it with plenty of time.
If you are using Retin-A, retinol, topical exfoliators or acids, we recommend you stop using them 7 days before your IPL pigmentation appointment to prevent any extra sensitivity. We also recommend you do not have IPL treatment for pigmentation if you have a tan, even if it is fake. This is because a tan may interfere with the targeting of the brown pigment, also known as melanin.
At Eden Skin Clinic, we offer professional IPL treatment for pigmentation at both our Wimbledon and Kensington clinics. Our friendly team are experts within the skincare industry and can help you achieve the skin you have always dreamt of. Get in touch with us today to find out more or book in for a consultation, skin assessment and patch test, with one of our IPL specialists.
Your IPL Pigmentation Appointment
IPL treatments for pigmentation usually take around 20-45 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. This includes preparing the skin pre-treatment and any aftercare procedures. First, we gently cleanse the skin to remove any makeup or dirt. We then apply a room temperature ultra-sound gel to the skin. You will also be asked to wear protective eye goggles for your safety.
Most clients describe IPL as uncomfortable rather than painful, comparing the treatment to a rubber band snapping against the skin for a brief second combined with a feeling of warmth. Feel confident knowing that your IPL treatment for pigmentation at our Kensington or Wimbledon Central London clinics is relatively pain free.
Immediately after your treatment, it is normal for the skin to be a little red. Our IPL pigmentation specialist will apply a soothing room temperature aloe vera gel. We will then apply a high SPF sunscreen. It is important that you avoid sun exposure before, during and after IPL treatment for pigmentation, so sunscreen is essential. If you do have to spend a prolonged time outside, we recommend that you seek shade and wear a hat.
After Your IPL Pigmentation Treatment
A little redness, like sunburn, is common after the IPL treatment for pigmentation, and occasionally clients experience slight swelling, which usually goes down after 24-48 hours.
The heat breaks this pigment down into tiny particles, which rise to the skin’s surface, causing the pigmentation to darken initially. After this, scabs, crusts and possible flaking will form. This will naturally slough away within 7-10 days.
To successfully treat pigmentation with IPL, we usually recommend 3-6 appointments, one month apart. Our IPL specialists will assess how many treatments are needed when you visit our Kensington or Wimbledon clinics.
After treatment, the pigmentation will appear light, if not gone. That said, you will need to protect your skin from further sun damage to prevent new pigmentation issues from forming. Any new pigmentation, age spots or freckles that develop can also be treated with IPL.
We Also Offer…
At Eden Skin Clinic, we offer a range of replenishing and rejuvenating treatments to help nourish your skin. Book a consultation at our Kensington or Wimbledon clinic today to find out more.
IPL Rosacea Treatments
Treat the symptoms of rosacea with our specialist IPL treatments. This can be ideal for treating cases of redness and uneven skin tone in as little as one session. While rosacea cannot be cured, IPL laser treatment can help to alleviate the symptoms.
Laser & IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Target the signs of ageing and remove sun damage with our laser and IPL skin rejuvenation treatments. This can help by making your skin plump and smooth after treatment, giving it a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
IPL Red Thread Vein Treatments
Red thread veins are very common, often appearing on the face and chest. While they are considered harmless, clients can choose to treat them for cosmetic reasons. IPL treatment can help target thread veins with minimal effect on the surrounding skin.
IPL Skin Pigmentation Treatment Costs
If you are interested in our IPL treatments for pigmentation, please get in touch with our team of skincare specialists. We would be happy to assess your skin and provide you with more information on how you may benefit from our IPL treatments.
If you are ready to be booked in for our IPL pigmentation treatments, please fill out our online consultation form. We will get back to you shortly with the next steps!
You may also call either of our Wimbledon or Kensington clinics in Central London and speak to a member of our team. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What else can be treated with IPL?
Why do I need a patch test?
A patch test is necessary to establish skin sensitivity and to ensure no adverse reactions. All patients require one.
How many sessions will I need?
As all skin is different, there is no set number of sessions that we advise. Your therapist will be able to let you know how many sessions we think you may need at your consultation.
Is IPL painful?
IPL treatment for pigmentation is not painful. While it may be mildly uncomfortable, none of our IPL pigmentation clients have experienced any serious discomfort during or after treatment. IPL treatment for pigmentation has been described to feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. The discomfort only lasts for a few short seconds. After treatment, your skin may burn slightly, however we always make sure to apply a soothing gel.
Does IPL really work for pigmentation?
IPL treatment is an effective method for targeting hyperpigmentation. The intense pulsed light waves are absorbed by the melanin in the skin that causes the pigmentation. This causes it to fragment, and your body later breaks it down in a natural process. Your skin tone will be evened out, and any hyperpigmentation, freckles or age spots will be removed.
Can IPL damage your skin?
IPL treatment for pigmentation is incredibly safe, and there are minimal risks. It is unusual that IPL will damage your skin, however it is important that it is carried out by a skincare professional with experience using an IPL machine. If you are considering IPL treatment for pigmentation, get in touch with us today. We are fully trained and accredited.