What is IPL for Pigmentation?

IPL (Intense Pulse Light) for pigmentation correction effectively fades and removes age spots, sun spots and discolouration to greatly improve overall skin tone, texture and radiance. IPL Skin Pigmentation treatments work by transmitting heat from the IPL light through to the pigmented skin areas. The IPL technology is attracted to dark pigmentation, effectively drawing the discolouration to the surface of the skin, allowing the dermis to begin the healing process of correcting the blemishes.


What does the treatment involve?

Before we can start your package of IPL for Pigmentation we must first perform a test patch on an area of your skin to help our technicians to determine the best settings for your individual treatment. An IPL patch test is performed in clinic in the days leading up to your first IPL pigmentation treatment. We perform a small number of test shots in the treatment area with slightly different machine settings in order to see how your pigmentation responds. This is to ensure that you get the best results possible on the day of treatment and more importantly to ensure your safety on the day. Generally only one test patch appointment is required however some clients will require additional test patching if their pigmentation does not respond easily. Once we have determined the best settings for your skin type we will get you back into clinic for your first IPL Pigmentation treatment.

During IPL Pigmentation treatment a cool gel is applied to the skin and you will be given dark glasses to protect your eyes. A hand piece is placed on your skin and pulses of light are emitted to treat the skins imperfections. The firing of the IPL feels like the flicking of an elastic band, and does not require local anaesthetic cream or analgesics beforehand. Treatments can take as little as 5-10 minutes, or up to 45minutes, depending on the area treated. Immediately after treatment the area reddens and may feel like sunburn for 2-12 hours and some swelling of the spots will be seen. If large areas or many spots are being treated, significant swelling can occur.

By day two, the pigment starts to darken, and over the next few days crusts over and then literally washes off. This will take 5 - 7 days on the face and 10 - 20 days on the body.


How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on the severity of your pigmentation. Some clients may require a single treatment, while others will require ongoing treatments to achieve the best possible results. Your clinician will discuss the expected number of treatments, along with expected results during your consultation.

As a guide, we generally recommend 2-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. We currently offer packages of IPL Pigmentation at a discounted rate.


How long will the results last?

For most clients the results are permanent following an IPL for pigmentation program. To ensure optimal skin health and clarity for the long run, a maintenance treatment can be performed if necessary. Use of a broad-spectrum SPF50 sunscreen is essential to minimize the risk of re-pigmentation.


What does the treatment cost?

Package discount = Buy 3 get 1 free

Compulsory test patch (to be performed within the week prior to having treatment) $50, redeemable on first treatment

Spot treatment $60 (then $10 per spot thereafter)

Full Face $199

Neck $149

Décolletage $199

Face, Neck & Décolletage $399

Shoulders $199

Upper or Lower Back $249

Full Back $399

Lower Arms incl. Hands $149

Full Arms incl. Hands $249

Hands $99

Who can have this treatment?

IPL Pigmentation is not suitable for dark skin types or for treatment of hormonal pigmentation. This treatment is also not suitable to have during pregnancy (fine while breastfeeding). IPL is not suitable for those who have been on Roaccutane in the last 6 months, have open wounds, infections, rosacea, psoriasis or dermatitis in the area to be treated. This treatment is also not suitable for any clients currently taking photo sensitising medications, please check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure. 

Pre and Post Care Information

All clients must be using a Tyrosinase Inhibitor for a minimum of 14 days pre-treatment and for the duration of the treatment. This is for the safety and effectiveness of treatment. We recommend ‘Medik8 White Balance Brightening Serum $124’.

A compulsory test patch must be performed within the week prior to having this treatment.

Avoid unprotected sun exposure for 4 weeks prior to any IPL treatment.

The skin must be free from spray tan or tanning creams.

If treating an area covered in hair, the hair must be shaved 12-24hrs prior to coming for your treatment.

Apply ‘Skinstitut Laser aid’ every 4 hours after your treatment of IPL, this is available to purchase at the time of your treatment.

Use of a broad-spectrum SPF50 sunscreen is essential to minimize the risk of re-pigmentation.

During the weeks following treatment your pigmentation will crust and flake away, please do not prematurely pick or remove this pigment as you may cause scarring or post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.