What To Expect of the Pigmentation Treatment
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IPL treatments are performed to reduce melanin, the dark pigment in your skin.
Results Laser Clinic uses Intense Pulse Light to destroy Pigmentation – a new and effective light based therapeutic treatment called Photo Rejuvenation. With the treatment taking no longer than 25 minutes, clients can schedule appointments in their lunch break. Our therapists at Results Laser Clinic determine an IPL treatment plan based on the individual, taking into account the number and severity of the skin condition being treated, as well as skin type. On average 3 to 5 treatments are recommended at intervals of 3 to 4 weeks. IPL treatments provide gradual, natural improvements with excellent long term results.
Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses multiple wavelengths of light to emit the precise energy level to treat the melanin within the pigmentation. The IPL Palomar light pulse is directly absorbed by the pigment in the lesion. The light heats the pigment and breaks it up. The lesion darkens and crusts after treatment and is naturally shed from the skin after approximately ten days after treatment. Our highly trained specialists are able to treat this skin condition with pinpoint accuracy using the IPL computer-controlled system which allows the skin and healthy surrounding tissue to cool down, avoiding thermal damage. Over time and with the right course of treatment, skin pigmentation and freckles become visibly reduced resulting in a more rejuvenated, younger look.
Before the treatment, the client is evaluated to ensure the lesions are benign. A biopsy of the area may also be recommended. Protective eyewear has to be worn by the patient and specialist due to the brightness of the Intense Pulse Light (IPL). During the treatment, our specialist apply a smooth, glass surface of the IPL handpiece to the skin, light is then delivered to the skin surface in precise pulses that are typically pain free. Once treatment is completed clients may feel a little heat on the surface of the treated area and some redness, which can last for 1 to 2 hours. In most cases the entire face is treated but that depends on the individual. Results from a full series of treatments last approximately upwards of a year, however, maintenance treatment sessions scheduled at half-yearly intervals will help to prolong results.
Causes of Skin Pigmentation and Sun Spots
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Signs and Symptoms of pigmentation and sun spots
Pigmentation can vary in size and colour however they are usually darker than the skin although they can be pink in colour. Fair skinned individuals are more likely to be affected by moles and freckles which can also be attributed to hereditary factors. Almost everyone has at least some kind of pigmentation whether it be freckles, sun spots, moles or birth marks. There are no real symptoms that cause pigmentation and they may even appear overnight, however in some cases what may appear like normal pigmentation may also be cancerous. Therefore it is imperative that excessive exposure to the sun is approached in a safe manner using a highly protective sunscreen with an SPF of 50+, whilst those with a history of cancer in the family can be put at greater risk.
Causes of Pigmentation and Sun Spots
Pigmentation is caused by an excessive amount of melanin found in certain skin cells. These skin cells generally carry higher levels of melanocytes which produce the melanin causing the skin to appear pigmented in certain areas.
Pigmentation can be attributed to environmental factors such as:
- Excessive exposure to the sun
- The contraceptive pill
- Hereditary factors