PIGMENTED LESIONS WITH IPL AND LASER
Sun Damage, Age Spots and Solar Keratoses
Almost everyone has a pigmented lesion of some type. These areas of the skin contain especially high concentrations of melanin and are typically caused by an excess of pigment commonly due to sun exposure, ageing or congenital factors.
Pigmented lesions vary widely in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in such conspicuous places as the face, neck or arms.
This treatment is for you if you wish to achieve the following:
Removal and reduction of freckles
Removal and reduction of sun damage
Removal and reduction of solar keratosis
Reduction of seborrhoeic keratosis
Poikiloderma of civatte (visible combination of atrophy, telangiectasia and pigmentary changes)
How does the treatment work?
Superficial dark lesions such as those found on the face, back of the hands and the chest/décolleté respond very effectively to IPL light treatment, these are known as Solar Lentigines. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area, the light guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. This is repeated to all lesions in the area, cooling is carried out throughout. Age spots known as Solar Keratoses respond more effectively to the laser application known as the Nd:YAG 532FD. As with all laser and IPL treatments an in depth consultation and test patch is required before a full treatment can be carried out.
What can be achieved?
Often felt to be disfiguring and hard to conceal, the success level of reducing or removing these annoying blemishes is close to the 100% mark. The method used depends on the type, colour and size of the lesion. Seborrhoeic Keratoses often found in proliferation on the back and torso, respond extremely well to a combination of both the IPL and laser treatment.
What to Expect After Treatment
Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required. The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. The lesions will darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. Lesions that have been lasered often appear purple/red underneath for 5 or more days after treatment.
Is there any down time?
The skin that surrounds 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 or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
Am I suitable For Treatment?
The treatment is non-invasive and suitable for both the face and body. Typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 8 week intervals.
Most people with skin types I-IV are suitable for treatment.
The pigmentation marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles and those resulting from ageing.