JH Skincare Clinic

IPL Laser, Electrolysis, Medik8® Peel, lightfusion™, Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, Skin Tags, and Red Veins in London

137 Kirkdale, Sydenham, London SE26 4QJ

T: 020 8699 1998
E: info@jhskincareclinic.co.uk

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Pigmentation

Pigmented lesions such as age spots, (lentigoes) or freckles can be successfully lightened or removed with our EXCELIGHT (IPL). All of these treatments are non-invasive, suitable for both the face and body and will result in a more even skin tone.

IPL or Intense Pulse Light skin rejuvenation and pigment removal treatment is a relatively quick and easy procedure.  Age spots and freckles can be lightened or removed in as little as one to three treatment sessions. 

Before and After Images

Courtesy of Lynton Lasers Ltd 

Common Questions 

How does the treatment work?

Light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions.  The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.

How is the treatment carried out?

The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released.  The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire are is treated. With Q-Switch Laser treatments due to the power of the Laser energy delivered into the skin, a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur during the treatment, and a dressing may be applied after the treatment to protect the skin while it heals.  During the treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals.  However, large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be checked by a dermatologist.  Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body.  The pigmented marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots), age spots on the backs of hands and freckles.

How does the treatment feel?

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

What should I expect after the treatment?

The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment.  The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and “flake” away.  Sometimes an initial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following few weeks.

Are there any side effects?

The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment.  Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days.  Very rarely, a small blister may form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

How long does each treatment take?

The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 15 – 30 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1-3 sessions are required at 4-6 week intervals.

Consultation Procedure and Patch Test

Prior to treatment, you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding, you will be asked to complete a consultation form, sign a consent form and undergo a Patch Test one week before commencing treatment. To book your Patch Test, simply click here:

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Initial Consultation

All clients new to IPL Laser treatments at the clinic must have a one-off Initial Consultation with Patch Test before treatment can commence. This applies to all clients, regardless of them having had IPL treatments at a previous practice.

Introductory Offer

Book a course of treatments and your Initial Consultation with Patch Test is FREE.

To plan your Initial Consultation with Patch Test, simply click through to our online booking system here:

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