IPL Skin Rejuvenation For Pigmentation: What You Need To Know
Skin pigmentation is an incredibly common problem for women across different ages and ethnicities and can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for many. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces far more melanin than it should, and this is the same pigment that gives skin its colors. The extra melanin can make certain patches of skin seem darker than others and this is further exacerbated by sunlight, diet, and other factors. Hyperpigmentation is stubborn, unfortunately, and there are many different reasons for it including acne scarring (especially for those who cannot resist picking at their skin), melasma, sun spots etc. These can appear anywhere on the body, regardless of age.
How do I reduce hyperpigmentation?
While there are lots of creams, lotions, and potions out there, the simple truth is, they are not as effective. It can take a lot of trial and error to find creams that can make a difference, but the effect is fractional and ends up being expensive in the long-run. However, some cosmetic procedures tend to have much better (and faster) results, which is why they are increasing in popularity. For example, procedures such as IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation can help lighten the areas of skin to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and tends to see great results across demographics.
How does IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation work?
Non-invasive and relatively fast, IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation is one of the most effective methods for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and it basically uses the power of light in quick and powerful flashes to penetrate below the skin's surface. This targets the melanin itself and the heat breaks down the pigment into smaller particles. Your body then naturally takes care of the melanin by raising them to the skin's surface as small scabs that can be sloughed away or carried off by the lymphatic system. It's not really painful and there is zero recovery time needed, making it super efficient and super effective.
How many treatments will I need? What can I expect after?
This one is hard to answer because it is very much dependent on the severity of your skin's needs. But as a rough guide, the general recommendation is to do 6-8 treatments and then evaluate your progress. Some find that is all they need while some more stubborn areas of hyperpigmentation may require more.
As a general practice, we recommend doing a "test patch" first to ensure that you are suitable for treatment and whether you can expect positive results. Treatments are generally spaced out every two weeks and we recommend not using fragranced products at least 3 days before treatment. And of course, the biggest recommendation is to avoid the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30+ to avoid further damage.
After the treatment, there is no recovery time as such so you can continue as normal. You may see a light redness right after the treatment, this is normal and fades away after a few hours.
As we mentioned earlier, you might see grazed appearance after the treatment - this is also normal. This means the pigmentation is moving up to the surface of the skin and can last up to two weeks. During this time, do not pick at this skin or exfoliate.
Do I have a suitable skin type?
IPL skin rejuvenation technology works with a broad spectrum light attracted to pigment. If your skin is darker, the light can be attracted to the skin itself rather than the pigmentation. Because of this, IPL skin rejuvenation technology usually works better with fairer skin. If you are naturally tanned or dark skin, we recommend consulting with an experienced dermatologist to evaluate whether IPL will work for you or if there are better-suited alternative treatments.
Are there any other benefits?IPL skin rejuvenation technology is not just for hyperpigmentation but has a lot of additional benefits as well that make it such a great option. For example, it can:
- Stimulate collagen & elastin
- Slow the aging process
- Decrease skin inflammation
- Minimal downtime
It can also treat other skin conditions besides hyperpigmentation if that is a concern. It is a preferred targeted treatment for issues such as acne, rosacea, broken capillaries, sun damage, unwanted hair, redness, and age spots -- just to name a few. IPL skin rejuvenation technology can be a major benefit across different conditions so it is definitely worth looking into to see how it can best target what you want and deliver great results to make you feel great in your own skin.
Book your pigmentation removal today or initial consultation. Our highly trained skin therapists are happy to discuss IPL Skin Rejuvenation and the best course of action for your individual skin type and condition, so contact us today.