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Is the words we hear so often now as more and more individuals are suffering the long-term effects of over-exposure to the sun. They are being left with “Hyperpigmentation”, more commonly known as uneven skin tone, which is usually the result of an overproduction of melanin (the skin’s brown pigmentation which produces a tan).

It manifests as mottled brown patches, sun spots, liver spots and large freckles on the face (mainly the cheeks, forehead and above the upper lip). It can also affect the chest and hands too.

Whilst the condition is very common and usually harmless, many women dislike the ‘dirty’ appearance it can give to their face, even after the application of maximum cover foundation and make-up.

At Serenity we see a large proportion of Caucasian women aged 25 and over who have started to notice the development of brown patches on their skin. Since most claim to use face creams with a high factor sunscreen on a daily basis, they can’t understand why they may be falling victim to these unsightly patches.

In fact, UVA damage can take around 20 to 30 years to develop, indicating that they probably weren’t using adequate UVA protection in their formative years.

The team at Serenity recommend IPL treatment in way of resolving the problem.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light):

Also known as photo-rejuvenation, IPL can be very effective at erasing mild sun damage such as irregular pigmentation, light brown spots and freckles. It’s a non-invasive treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of skin. The light energy penetrates below the skin’s surface to target the unwanted brown pigment, whilst the heat breaks down this pigment into tiny particles. These rise to the skin’s surface as scabs or get carried away in the body’s lymphatic drainage system.

Does the treatment hurt:

IPL is gently applied to the skin via a hand piece and is usually pain-free but an anaesthetic cream can be used if the light pulses become uncomfortable. Treatments usually last about 20 minutes and some compare the sensation to a light pinch or snap of a rubber band.

The good news is, there is no down-time required after IPL and results can be seen in three to five sessions.

Any precautions before treatment:

It’s important that an individual avoids tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress to the face immediately after treatment.

What can expert after?

You may notice that the skin looks a little ‘dirty’ for a few days following the treatment. After that you find that your skin looks smoother and fresher. You might choose to have 1-2 annual maintenance treatments in order to keep your new fabulous look.

Cost:

On average you are likely to spend around £200. But every case is different so a consultation and then a patch test which costs £15 is advised.

Before and after images are available on request and so is further information and guidance from any of the Serenity team.

The Ellipse IPL treatment can also be used on: Acne, Thread Veins and Hair Removal. Again, to learn more about the full uses of this technology please ask any member of the Serenity team.