Sunspots, and dark pigmentation caused by the over-production of melanin in the skin can be successfully treated with Intense Pulsed Light, producing a more even skin tone. The IPL targets the melanin, not surrounding areas of the skin. After treatment the spots may darken temporarily before they fade away. Results can be impressive after only one treatment, but, in some cases, more than one session may be necessary, depending on size and number of brown spots to be treated.
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Rosacea is a skin ailment involving dilated blood vessels, which leave people looking permanently flushed. Sufferers may also get pimples and blotches on the nose and cheeks. Intense Pulsed Light can successfully treat the dilated blood vessels and the red areas without any risk of injury to surrounding areas of healthy skin.
A series of treatments will greatly reduce episodes of flushing, and thread veins can be eradicated. Depending on the extent of the problem good clearance can usually be achieved with 3-4 treatments.
It’s estimated that 60% of the population suffer from unsightly red veins. Spider veins - small superficial purple or red veins - tend to appear on the thighs as a result of sun damage, or simply as we get older. In the past, treatment of these veins was invasive, requiring needles. Since the advent of lasers and pulsed light treatments, however, there is now a non-invasive way of effectively dealing with spider veins.
An IPL treatment targets precise pulses of light energy at the haemoglobin in the vein – thus destroying the tiny superficial spidery vein, or network of capillaries – without damaging surrounding skin. You will simply feel a sensation like an elastic band being flicked against the skin. The process is brief and non-invasive.
Depending on the extent of the problem, a treatment program may entail 3-6 sessions, preformed at three-week intervals to clear small spider veins.
The cause of thread veins is unknown except that in many cases they seem to run in families, occur more frequently in women. There is no proven method of prevention.
At the Aesthetic Skin centre we offer Sclerotherapy for the treatment of unsightly thread veins on the lower body. These are treated by an injection of a solution that causes them to disappear or at least become smaller. Sclerotherapy works by irritating the lining of the vessel causing it to swell and stick together. Some vessels will fade from view - eventually becoming barely or not at all visible. Some vessels require a second treatment and would be offered at 4-6 week intervals.