IPL & Laser Pigmentation Removal

IPL & Laser Pigmentation Removal

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Laser removal is most effective solution to dark skin patches caused by excessive pigmentation, giving your skin a flawless and youthful look.

IPL & Laser pigmentation treatments can substantially reduce the appearance of birthmarks, sunspots, age spots, melasma and freckles.

We use a variety of high-energy light therapies, including IPL, Active Q-Switch Laser and Fractional Laser for our pigmentation treatments. This allows us to create personalised treatments adapted to the type of pigmented lesions your skin may have.

Ready for a more even and radiant skin? Book a consultation with one of our dermatology experts and discover the best treatment option for you.

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IPL & Laser Pigmentation Removal FAQ's

How does the treatment work?

Both IPL and Laser therapies use light energy to penetrate your skin in areas with high concentration of melanin (natural pigment that gives colour to the skin). As the light is absorbed, it heats the melanin, causing the destruction of over pigmented skin cells.

What is the difference between IPL and laser?

Laser and IPL use light to increase the temperature of melanin-rich cellules, but the type of light is different. The alternative types of light used make IPL and laser pigmentation treatments better suited for certain types of hyperpigmentation and not for others.

What results can I expect?

After and IPL or laser pigmentation removal treatment, you can expect to get a more even, flawless and youthful appearance.

Darker skin patches should become much lighter, to the point that they become practically indistinguishable from their surrounding areas. However, it is possible that a small amount of stubborn melanin-rich cells remain on the skin.

As with any aesthetic procedure, experience, results and length of treatment may vary from person to person. This will also depend on the size and type of pigmented lesion.

Does the treatment eliminate all types of hyperpigmentation?

Unfortunately, large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation should not be treated with high-energy light therapies. In these cases, our expert dermatologists will be able to examine your case and offer an alternative solution.

IPL and laser therapies are particularly successful at improving superficial pigmented lesions, including:

• Freckles
• Sunspots
• Age spots
• Birthmarks
• Melasma

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the size and type of your pigmented lesion.

Freckles, sunspots and age spots can be drastically reduced in approximately three treatments, using Active Q-Switch Laser or IPL.

Pigmented birthmarks, such as café au lait spots or moles, usually respond well to Active Q-Switch Laser. However, they may require additional treatments depending on the size and type the lesion.

IPL delivers outstanding results in the removal of vascular birthmarks, like port wine stains. The size of the area, the thickness of the lesion and how long you have had it for will determine the duration of your treatment plan.

Fractional Laser often works well against melasma. Compared to other high-energy light therapies like IPL, there are less chances of further darkening of the skin. However, choice and length of treatment will vary depending on your case.

Treatment sessions are usually spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, but your dermatologist will determine what the best frequency is depending on your case.

How long does each treatment take?

The length of each treatment will depend on the pigmented lesion’s type and size, but a typical session normally takes 10 to 30 minutes.

The treated area will be cooled down following each session, and in some cases, a light dressing will be applied on the skin, which can take a few minutes.

Does it hurt?

IPL and laser treatments are mildly uncomfortable, but no anaesthetic is required. Most people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.

With Q-Switch Laser a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur during the treatment. In these cases, we will apply a dressing to protect the skin as it heals.

Although we will cool down your skin immediately after treatment, the area is likely to feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment.

Is it any recovery time needed?

The treatment requires minimal downtime, but you should avoid unprotected sun exposure for at least 30 days. You should also wait about 48 hours before using makeup, taking a hot shower or physical exercise.

Can IPL or laser cause side effects?

Immediately after treatment it is normal for your skin to become red and sensitive for at least 48 hours.

Most people experience no other side effects, but although rare, small blisters may form. In some cases, the lesions may darken before they fade and ‘flake’ away after a few days. Sometimes the skin may become lighter, but it usually recovers its normal colour very quickly.

Is the treatment safe?

IPL and laser treatments are considered safe. However, some minor side effects such as blisters or temporary colour changes in the treated area can occur.

As exposure to IPL and laser light can damage your eyes during the treatment, we will always provide protective eyewear to avoid any risk.

Am I suitable for treatment?

IPL and laser therapies are ideal for fair-skinned people, with superficial pigmented lesions (freckles, sunspots, birthmarks, etc.).

The treatment is not recommended if your skin is dark or tanned, in which case microneedling is a much better option.

High-energy light therapies are also not suitable for people with large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation. However, these can be successfully eliminated with advanced electrolysis.

If you are unsure what treatment you need, book a consultation with one of our dermatologists to explore the best solution for your case.

Initial consultation and test patch

During your initial consultation, one of our dermatologists will assess your medical history to confirm suitability. Your clinician will also do a test patch to ensure it reacts positively to the treatment.

This will also be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions or share any concerns you may have.

Before proceeding, you will also be asked to sign a consent form.

IPL & Laser Pigmentation Removal Prices

Cheeks £100
Cheeks & Nose £150
Half Face £180
Full Face £200
Full Face & Neck £250
Full Face, Neck & Décolleté £300
Décolleté £180
Hands £180

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Call: 0151 630 8121