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Pigmentation/Age Spots

Pigmentation, the medical term for darker-coloured patches of skin that can appear on the face, hands, decolletage, neck and shoulders as well as other areas, can really give your age away. Also known as age spots and sun spots, pigmentation is caused by UVA rays that penetrate deep within the skin, stimulating melanin production. Pigmentation often occurs 10-20 years after the initial damage, and so sun spots showing on your skin now may well have been caused when you were in your teens or when you were a child. Some data also suggests that pigmentation in younger women might be triggered by hormonal changes from the contraceptive pill or that can occur during pregnancy.

Treatment

There are a range of treatment options available for pigmentation and age spots, including a number of topical creams, but here at Hilton Skin Clinics we use IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment to lighten blemishes and in many cases, to eliminate them completely. Before treatment, skin will be cleansed and a cooling gel applied to minimise discomfort. The practitioner will then pass the device over the surface of skin, delivering targeted pulses of light to the pigmented areas. The melanin in the pigmented areas of skin absorbs the light, stimulating cell renewal from deep within the skin. The heat from the light destroys the pigmented cells on the outer epidermis, and in most cases, skin from the treated area will flake off within 14 days, yielding lighter, brighter skin underneath. The IPL treatment also helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, improving the overall appearance of skin and helping to counteract future damage. Following treatment, the cooling gel will be removed, the skin cleaned and a moisturiser applied.

When Will I See Results?

Skin cells start to renew fairly quickly following an IPL treatment and will patients will usually see results within a few weeks, but generally, the most noticeable results will be seen after a month. Some patients will see a noticeable change in the appearance of their pigmentation after just one session, although 2-4 treatments might be necessary in order to fade the pigmentation completely. However, with each treatment, pigmentation should fade.

Contact Hilton Skin Clinics today for more information about IPL for pigmentation and to learn if you’re a suitable candidate for treatment.

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