When treating age spots or pigmentation cause by sun damaged, IPL is the most effective. IPL is used for sun or age spots because it attacks the darker pigment in the skin and gradually lightens the target areas. Sun and age spots are extremely common and luckily can be treated quite easily. The light emitted from the IPL handpiece that coordinates with the specific treatment will target those pigmented areas and break it down, which lightens their appearance over time. Before beginning treatment, the designated technician will ask a series of questions to confirm that you are able to be treated that day. Once the technician is ready to begin treatment they will prep the area by applying a liberal amount of cooled gel to keep the surface of the skin cool during the treatment. Most IPL treatments are extremely tolerable and should have minimal discomfort. Once the treatment is complete the technician will wipe away any excess gel and apply a post-treatment topical to help calm the skin. In the time between treatments be sure to stay out of direct sun exposure and if you must be outside for longer than 30 minutes stay protected with an SPF 30 or greater. You will notice some of the spots will begin to scab or flake off. Don’t pick at the areas, just let them heal naturally as to avoid scars. After about 4-6 weeks you will be ready for another treatment.

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Length of Appt.: 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on area

Sessions Needed: Varies

Check Up Appt.: N/A

Medical Clearance Needed: Yes

Results: Noticeable after 1st session

Painful: None-Mild Discomfort

Recovery: None

Lasts: Permanent

Purpose: Diminish the appearance of age spots or sun damaged skin

Indications: Pigmentation due to aging or sun damage

Contraindications: Vitiligo, uncontrolled diabetes, skin type VI, keloid scarring, herpes, lupus

Other Notes: IPL is used for this treatment