Many people in their thirties and older suffer from sun-damaged skin, which can present itself in mottled skin tone and areas of abnormal pigmentation. Age or sun spots and freckles are frequently seen types of ‘superficial’ pigmentation, and although benign, they can become an issue of cosmetic concern.

IPL systems operate on the principle of selective photo-thermolysis in which target chromophores are selectively damaged with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The pulses of light are absorbed by the excess melanin and the area appears refreshed and renewed after around 10-14 days.


The light pulses also stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastine fibres in the skin, which improves firmness and overall texture, helping to overcome the effects of sub damage.

How is the treatment carried out?
The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, which targets many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. For IPL treatment a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to help guide the light.

How does the treatment feel?
Treatment sensation varies from person to person but is often described as “a flick of an elastic band”. Typically no anaesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable.

What will I see after the treatment?
The lesion will turn darker a few hours following the treatment and may be more obvious. Intensiveness of this pigmented change vary from person to person. This will be followed by “micro-crusting” of the lesion, after which it should flake away.

Are there any side effects?
The skin may be red immediately after treatment. There may be swelling and tingling sensation but this usually subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. Normally people have no changes to their skin and do not feel any discomfort as a soon as treatment finished.

How many treatments are necessary?
Normally you will need a course of 3-5 treatments. Treatment is conducted every 4-6 weeks, depending on the area treated and the skin sensitivity.

How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 min to an hour, depending on the size of the treated area.

If you were diagnosed with Melasma you may consider having a course of 20-35% Glycolic Peels or Ultrasonic Deep Skin Cleansing followed by Professional Skin Care Products.

IPL treatments are not recommended for people suffering with Melasma. It may improve the appearance of pigmentation for a little while but it will come back and might be even darker and more difficult to treat with appropriate for this condition treatments. We recommend following procedures to improve appearance of Melasma: Ultrasonic Deep Skin Cleansingclick here; Glycolic Peels click here

You will not be hustled or pushed into buying anything at your first consultation. It is designed and designated to provide necessary knowledge and understanding of the treatment and the technology used to assist you in making your own decision. Children from 16 years of age can be treated at Laserina Clinic if it is recommended by their GP.


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