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Pigment spots

Pigment spots or pigment disorders are conditions in which there are local deviations in the normal pigmentation pattern in the skin. A conspicuous pigment spot on the face or on the hands can be cosmetically disturbing. SkinsClinique Skin therapists specialize in the treatment of all types of pigment disorders on the body and face. The treatment of pigment spots is carried out with an IPL (light flash device); the SparkPro.

Indications for laser treatment for pigment spots

  • Café-au-lait stains

  • Liver spots (age spots, sun spots)

  • Melasma

  • Becker nevus

  • Nevus of Ota

  • Poikyloderma of Civatte

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentations

  • Freckles

IPL - The treatment

The IPL treatment works on the principle of 'selective photothermolysis': highly concentrated light is absorbed by the pigment in the skin in a fraction of a second and converted into heat. This heat heats the skin pigment causing it to coagulate (clump together) without harming the surrounding tissue.

The treatment

During the treatment, both you and the skin therapist wear protective glasses. If necessary, the area to be treated is marked out. During the treatment you may experience the feeling of warm pinpricks. The skin is cooled with cooling elements for five to ten minutes. Depending on the skin reaction and weather conditions, the therapist may apply a sunscreen or restorative cream.

For the best result, the treatment should be repeated on average 1 to 3 times with an interval of 3 weeks. With deeper pigment, the skin therapist can choose to use an interval of 6 to 8 weeks.

Skin reactions

Immediately after treatment, (temporary) skin reactions may occur such as:

  • Redness, this disappears after one to three days;

  • Purpura (punctiform hemorrhages);

  • Edema formation, which disappears after a few hours to two days;

  • Crust formation, this disappears within seven days.

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Skins Advice

  • Do not wash the skin with aggressive cleaning products

  • Do not use a greasy oil-based cream

  • Avoid sunlight and tanning beds for up to six weeks after laser treatment

  • Use a sunscreen SPF50 until the next laser treatment

  • Do not use products with alcohol on the skin (perfume, aftershave, cleansing tonic, etc.)

  • Do not use scrubs or peels between laser treatments

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