Laser and IPL treatments for age spots, pigmentation and sun damaged skin on hands, face and décolletage.
Call us on 01227 472288 for further information or use the online booking system under Contact to book an appointment.
Pigmented lesions are brown marks on the skin, e.g. age spots or liver spots on hands and face. Although they are not harmful, many people wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
Skin tone alone can make you look older, by as much as twenty years according to a 2006 study by Procter & Gamble Beauty. That’s why we offer simple and effective laser and IPL treatments to combat it and get your confidence back.
Both laser and IPL treatments provide visible results after just one treatment, and offer an alternative to the likes of microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Sun damage and pigmentation that can be treated include:
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Liver spots
Treatments usually take between 15 and 30 minutes and can be described as feeling like a warm elastic band snapping against the skin.
Liver spots, age spots, benign lentigos and freckles can usually be treated and removed in just one laser session, and if you opt for IPL treatment, it may be repeated every 4 weeks for a course of 2-4 sessions.
The appropriate treatment for you will be assessed at the initial consultation by one of our fully-qualified doctors to ensure you get the appropriate treatment for you.
There are many different types of laser, IPL systems available on the market. In general, most of these systems can reduce the appearance of some pigmented lesions and small thread veins on the face. Claims for improvement in the appearance of actual wrinkles, any tightening of the skin, or reduction in the appearance of acne scars should be carefully questioned. The term “Photorejuvenation” used to market these light based treatments can be misleading and confusing. Laser resurfacing for fine lines and acne scars however, involves a completely different laser used to smooth out the skin surface.
What are lasers and IPLs and how do they work?
A laser is a high energy beam of light that can precisely transfer this energy into certain tissues within the skin. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength at a time, and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light systems differ from lasers in that they can deliver hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in each burst of light. Certain filters are used to filter out the unwanted wavelengths, so that they work in a similar way to lasers causing heat damage to the particular skin problem.
The process of directing a laser or IPL source to a target area in the skin is technically known as “selective photothermolysis”.
The appropriate use of either lasers or IPL will be assessed at the consultation.
Can a pigmented lesion be removed in one treatment session?
There are certain lesions that can be treated in just one session, and these include the so-called liver or age spots, benign lentigo and freckles. However, for lesions with deeper lying pigment, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary e.g. pigmented birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots.
How often are treatments carried out?
Laser treatments are usually scheduled at 6 week intervals, but often just one session is sufficient, depending on your individual response. IPL treatments may be repeated every 3-4 weeks for a course of 4 sessions.
What is the treatment like?
You may experience a warm, stinging sensation in the area treated during the procedure. The treatment usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes.
Are there any side effects of the treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the treated area becomes darker, crusts and peels off over 1 to 2 weeks, leaving a pinkish area of new skin lasting several more weeks. Significant fading can continue for up to 6 months after treatment in some cases.
Maintaining the results
We recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30, and to apply an antioxidant such as the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin serums as the most effective way to protect the skin from future sun damage (photodamage). SkinCeuticals provides effective skincare solutions through dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medi-spas, and other skincare professionals. It provides a complete range of products scientifically proven to benefit your skin. The full range of skin care products is available at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic.
Information on laser removal of pigmentation and birthmarks is on the linked page highlighted.
How much does it cost?
With Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock, Consultant Dermatologist- £220
With Dr Alice Hudson-Peacock, Specialty Doctor in Dermatology, or Nurse Karen, Aesthetic nurse practitioner, including patch test if indicated- £150
Treatment price guide for Laser: hands or face- from £150 per session
hands & face, or hands & forearms- from £250 per session
For IPL: face for example £250- £300 per session
Why Choose The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent is led by a Consultant Dermatologist and Laser Specialist. It is the winner of the Gold Award for Cosmetic Clinic of the Year at The Kent Health & Beauty Awards 2016. The Clinic is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission. All the doctors, nurse and therapists are highly trained and have many years experience in the treatments offered. Further information on the team, please see Meet The Team page.
Get in touch
You can call us on 01227 472288 or Book appointment online using the online booking system, we look forward to hearing from you.
The Canterbury Skin & Laser Clinic can provide treatments for clients from Ashford, Dover, Deal, Faversham, Folkestone, Margate, Whitstable, Tunbridge, Sittingbourne and all areas in Kent.