IPL and skin pigmentation

Photorejuvenation with  the Sciton™BBL


Sun damage can be treated with BBL or IPL.This process is called photo rejuvenation.


As a registered Nurse, specializing in appearance medicine and skin cancer surveillance it became practically a requirement of the job to avoid the sun and preach the gospel of SPF to everyone you meet.


It hasn’t always been that way though, at least not for me.  Prior to getting into this industry I would spend hours and hours in the sun, living the typical kiwi lifestyle.  So even though I didn’t have any regrets about my sun filled lifestyle, because I do struggle to avoid the beach come summer time, I would end up with more than I bargained for! That’s right, sun damage.

encore-facial-rejuventation with IPL


It didn’t take long for the evidence of my sun exposure to show up on my cheeks and not the cute kind either, more like the blotchy and irregular kind with some areas darker than the others, and some larger than the others.


Skin pigmentation is very difficult to treat topically.  And I have tried various different things.  IPL photo rejuvenation however, known to Encorė Cosmetic Clinic clients as “Forever Young BBL” can be fantastic for erasing mild sun damage, freckles, irregular pigmentation and light brown spots all over the body, not just the face. See  https://encorehealth.co.nz/ipl-botox/


In a nutshell, IPL treats the skin with quick powerful flashes of light.  The light energy penetrates below the skin’s surface where the unwanted brown pigment, known as melanin, lives.  The energy then breaks the pigment down into tiny particles, which either rise to the skins surface and naturally slough away within a week or so, or gets carried away by the body’s lymphatic system.


I’m sure you are wondering what the downtime is…. there really isn’t any!  You may experience some minor redness and possible swelling, but as the IPL isn’t breaking the skins surface you can carry on as you usually would applying make up as per normal.


Generally speaking, 3 treatments are required and then top up treatments are required every 6-12 months as the spots do eventually come back if it isn’t maintained.  And of course it is very important to continue to protect your skin from the sun by staying in the shade and using a good sunscreen!

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Holly, Cosmetic Nurse


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