Pigmentation, age spots, sun damage and freckles
Even out your skin tone and achieve the beautiful skin you deserve with the latest technology and luxury beauty treatments available at our skin clinic in Oxfordshire.
If you have pigmentation spots or patches on your skin, you’re far from alone. This type of discolouration is very common, especially in more mature skin, although pigmentation can be present at birth and develop at any time.
Dark patches, spots, and other types of skin pigmentation happen when your skin produces extra melanin, the dark pigment in the skin (also responsible for freckles). Because they are often caused by exposure to the sun’s rays, most of us will have one or two dark patches as we get older, and this type of minor sun damage is extremely common. Age spots (sometimes called liver spots) are a similar type of pigmentation, also caused by excess melanin, and these tend to develop with age.
Skin pigmentation and age spots won’t go away on their own, and they can be aggravated by things like using harsh products on your skin, hormonal fluctuations and imbalances (from pregnancy or the contraceptive pill) and from using some types of medication. In some cases, there’s a medical reason for them such as a Vitamin B12 deficiency or inflammation from an injury or very bad acne. Smoking and sunbeds are the worst thing possible for them.
The good news is that we can help treat your pigmentation using the very latest technology at our West Hagbourne Clinic, South Oxfordshire. We use Photo Facial RF Skin Treatments which are suitable for use on your face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
The treatment is gentle, almost pain-free, non-invasive and safe, and you won’t need to take any time off work afterwards – in fact you can fit a session into a lunch break! We’ll talk to you about your particular skin concerns, assess your skin type and work out a treatment plan for you – you’ll be patch-free in no time.
Talk to us about a treatment plan for your pigmentation – we’ll even out your skin tone and restore your skin’s natural beauty.
What are freckles and can they be treated?
Freckles are localised deposits of melanin. Brown, round or oval pigmented areas on the skin, they are often barely visible. Freckles often occur most often in people with fair skin and light or red hair. The tendency to freckle is usually inherited. They become more numerous and darker in the sun, and therefore more noticeable.Sun/age spots are usually darker and larger than freckles; and with the ageing process they often appear in noticeable locations such as hands, face and chest becoming visibly larger and serving as a giveaway to advancing years! These are often tell-tale signs of age that people forget to pay attention to when adopting an anti-ageing regime including skin care and skin tightening; yet this evidence can be potentially disguised with our highly effective treatments for age/liver spots.
How is pigmentation treated at Bare Essentials?
Non-invasive and safe, a course of IPL® combined with radio frequency, can dramatically reduce pigmentation on the face, neck and hands, and is suitable for both men and women. The light energy from the advanced IPL® system is absorbed by the melanin in freckles, sun spots or liver spots.
The pigmented area absorbs the light and is heated, the pigment it then fragmented and is removed by skin renewal and absorbed into the body. Following treatment, the pigmented area turns darker and may crust. Over the following days or weeks the pigmented area will gradually flake away from the skin leaving little or no trace of the original mark.After the first treatment, the pigmented (vascular/speckled) area may feel prickly. The pigment will turn quite dark and then will flake off within days or sometimes up to 3 or 4 weeks. In subsequent treatments any further melanin will be dispelled in 10 days on average and metabolized underneath the skin.
Are there any secondary effects?
The treatment is non-invasive so there is NO recovery period after treatment. Normal activities may resume immediately after the treatment. In certain cases there may be redness in the treated area, although this will usually disappear within a few hours at the most; and as mentioned the area could feel itchy for a period. In the majority of cases there are no visible secondary effects. If treating the face we will always offer a high quality mineral make-up so that you leave the clinic feeling as confident as you did when you first came in. Sometimes the treated lesions appear darker after treatment and more obvious at first but gradually the marks will fade away. We can offer Youngblood mineral make up to safely camouflage these transient effects
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the size of the areas of pigmentation and how long it has been present for. Treatments can be spaced every 4 – 6 weeks. Improvements can be seen with every treatment, but a course of 1-3 treatment is recommended every 4 weeks for maximum results for someone with a significant area requiring clearance.
A consultation will be needed first to discuss the cost.
Prices start at £15
We use the latest Zeolight technology to treat pigmentation, age spots, and freckles. At our aesthetic beauty salon in Oxfordshire, we use multiple wavelengths of light to treat a number of problems with our IPL Machine.
Treatment is gentle, completely non-invasive and non-surgical, so there is NO recovery time afterwards and normal activities can resume immediately after treatment