Beauty Therapy in Cheshire

IPL Pigmentation Reduction

IPL with radio frequency is an effective treatment for various kinds of pigmentation issues. It is sometimes called photorejuvenation, or when performed on the face, a photofacial.


Pigmentation treatment after three sessions (image credit and © SkinFirst)

  • sunspots
  • age spots
  • liver spots
  • freckles

The Treatment

IPL consists of sophisticated flash gun that is flashed into the treatment area, heating the brown coloured melanin in the pigment causing it to break down. You may notice that the pigment darkens.

This process is repeated over the entire treatment area. Over the next few weeks, the pigmented area may darken further, and produce a rough texture called micro-crusting. In due course, just like a scab, it slowly comes off by itself, until one day, it may just fall off leaving lighter skin below.

An average of 3-6 treatments are usually required about a month apart, but a few people are lucky in that one treatment is sufficient. Lighter skin types respond better, and dark skin may not be suitable for treatment.

How does it work?

  1. The treatment area is made ready
  2. The IPL flashes with some RF energy
  3. Heat is absorbed by the melanin
  4. The melanin breaks down
  5. The area may appear worse, and micro-crusting may take place

What do I get?

  1. A patch test and consultation, covering medical history, expectations, pre- and post-treatment advice
  2. Typically 30 mins per treatments
  3. Course of treatments, typically 3-6
  4. Treatments typically every 4-6 weeks