Skin pigmentation and discolouration issues are caused by a range of factors including sun damage and natural ageing. There are a variety of treatment options for treating sun spots, age spots and skin discolouration, but IPL treatments can be the most effective option for permanent removal. But what is IPL and how can this be used for skin pigmentation issues.
What is IPL treatment?
IPL treatment is the use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to target specific skin cells and remove these permanently. IPL is a more gentle option than laser treatment, and can be used for a wide range of purposes, including removing unwanted hair, removing sun spots, age spots and pigmentation, and treating rosacea.
How can IPL treatment be used effectively for pigmentation?
As a natural part of the ageing process, age spots and unwanted pigmentation changes can become a common issue. Increased sun exposure can also play a key role in the development of these skin issues, as well as freckles. Pigmentation, age spots and freckles can vary considerably in size, shape and depth, and be raised or flat.
Using an IPL treatment can be a good solution for pigmentation issues as this involves using intense pulsed light, directed at areas of the face and pigmentation area. When the light is absorbed by the skin the energy is transformed into heat energy which can damage and remove particular target skin cells. This allows the age spots and skin pigmentation to be specifically targeted, reducing the appearance of these and ultimately removing them permanently.
After an IPL treatment for skin pigmentation, the pigmentation will be split up and broken into smaller pieces as a side effect of the heat. These tiny particles will then rise to the skin’s surface, and this means that the pigmentation will darken initially. After this, scabs, crusts and possible flaking will form. This will naturally fall away within 7-10 days.
What are the advantages of using IPL treatment for skin pigmentation?
Using an IPL treatment for skin pigmentation can bring a wide range of advantages and benefits. These include:
Targeting individual areas – unlike topical treatments IPL treatment targets specific skin cells within the skin, and doesn’t involve treating the whole skin surface. This means that the treatment can be fairly fast, and other than wearing sun cream and protecting from further sun damage, there is no downtime required.
Potential for permanent removal – after just 3 to 6 IPL treatment sessions the unwanted skin pigmentation can be removed completely and permanently. This is because the skin cells have been destroyed from the inside, and will not reform. However you will need to practice good skin care and sun safety to ensure that the skin doesn’t become damaged again.
Safe and effective – IPL treatments are fully safe and effective especially when you opt for professional treatment by a team you can trust, like us here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.
For more information or advice about how IPL treatment could be beneficial for your individual skin type and issues, why not get in touch today? Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic we are Prestons leading aesthetic practitioners and qualified, registered nurses, so you know you’re in good hands.