Pigment Removal

Hands with liver spots before and after treatment
Hands with liver spots before and after treatment

Pigmented lesions such as age spots or freckles can be successfully lightened or removed with Intense Pulsed Light.

All of these treatments are non-invasive and are suitable for the face and body resulting in a more even skin tone.

How does the treatment work?

Intense Pulsed Light systems release a short pulse of filtered light that is readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within freckles, sun spots or liver spots. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.

How is the treatment carried out?

A layer of chilled gel is applied to the treatment area and the light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The process is then repeated onto the next area. The gel is the removed and the area chilled. Protective treatment will provided during the treatment.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment apart from those people with very dark skin or suntan. However very large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated.

How does the treatment feel?

Most clients describe the treatment as mild discomfort and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required.

What should I expect after a treatment?

The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. The pigmented areas will darken before they fade and flake away.

Are there any side effects?

The skin surrounding the area may become red immediately after treatment, and usually disappears within a few hours to a few days.

How long does each treatment take?

The length of each treatment varies depending on the size and number of lesions present, but typically a session lasts between 10 to 30 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments depends of the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment it is necessary to have a medical history, consent form and patch test performed.