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Pigmentation Treatments

Pigmentation affects so many people for a variety of reasons. If the cause can be established and eliminated e.g. Pregnancy, the pill or dehydrating alcohol based cosmetic products stopped, then one has a chance of removing the problem. Skins prone to pigmentation must be extremely careful when considering certain treatments such as laser or certain deep peels. These can exacerbate an already distressing problem. A well trained therapist who has an extensive knowledge of the Histology of the Skin and the Fitzpatrick Skin types and the process of Melanogenesis will be equipped to identify the pigmentation with skin examination tools and best advise on a plan of action to treat the pigmentation problems.

Skin Rejuvenation - IPL
Most people would like to keep a young and fresh look forever, however this is not easy as our skin ages due to excessive sun exposure and the decreased production of collagen. Photo Rejuvenation treatment with Ellipse helps you keep a younger and fresher look.

The safe, visible light emitted from the Ellipse flash lamp removes age spots and visible blood vessels, stimulating collagen and improving the texture of the skin. An excellent treatment for diffuse redness and uneven pigmentation.

This option is best suited to skin types I & II.

How the Ellipse Treatment works:
The flash-lamp in the Ellipse system produces light that is filtered in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct wavelenghts are emitted. Age spots contain melanin and blood vessels contain haemoglobin. When cells containing a lot of melanin or haemoglobin are hit with the right type of light, they heat up and are destroyed within a few thousandths of one second.

Pre-pigmentation Treatments:
Your therapist may advise using a pre-treatment to prevent the Melanin Stimulating Hormone from signalling the production of further melanin (pigmentation) prior to treatment. Anti-oxidants and tyrosinase inhibitors are vital for excellent results.

IPL Pigmentation Removal:
Sun-exposed areas on the skin have a very different appearance to areas that are often covered or protected. Sun exposed areas have blotchy pigmented areas and the texture of the skin has aged due to the breakdown of collagen fibres. The IPL treatment emits visible light that is converted to heat targeted at the melanin chromophore. The pigmentation in the epidermal layers of the skin lifts and flakes gently within about 5 days. The IPL also stimulates the fibroblasts in the dermis to produce new collagen fibres and this contributes towards a healthier, fresher look within just one treatment. Maintenance treatments for hands, face, neck and décolleté areas are recommended every 6-8 months.

The safety and effectiveness of the treatment:
Clinical trials carried out by leading doctors have been documented and published in medical journals and treatment setting has been based on these clinical trails. Scientific papers can be viewed on the Ellipse website at www.ellipse.org.

Certain skin types (IV to VI) cannot benefit from pigmentation treatments with the IPL and a variety of skin peels are available to improve the problem, however it is imperative that an excellent broad based sun protection be used as pigmentation can reoccur as there will always be a weakness in those areas and the skin has created the pigmentation as a protective mechanism to protect the skin from DNA damage. Ask your therapist to advise a good sun block/ sunscreen with excellent UVA & UVB Filters.

Pigmentation Facts
  • Epidermal pigmentation is treatable.
  • Dermal pigmentation is untreatable.
  • Prevention is better than cure.
  • Sunblock, Sunblock, Sunblock!!!
  • We recommend a good broad spectrum SPF 30 with excellent UVA & UVB filters.