Skin Est’s treatment for unwanted sunspots, age spots, freckles, uneven skin tone & broken capillaries on the face is the Nova Light CPL Photo-rejuvenation System, more commonly know as IPL or Intense Pulse Light and recommended by the European Society for Laser Aesthetic Surgery ESLAS.

IPL Nova Light TGA approved technology is the ideal treatment for removing brown patches, sunspots and age spots for all skin types. Unlike other IPL machines, Nova Light has a unique Cooling System that provides consistent epidermal skin cooling, resulting in the ultimate comfort and safety for all our clients.

How it works

IPL/CPL works by emitting wavelengths of light to target a range of different skin concerns. Unwanted pigmentation or imperfections in your skin attract these various wavelengths, the IPL/CPL  light stimulate the skin cell renewal process and push these imperfections to the surface of the skin, before flaking off over a few weeks after the treatment.

Heat is generated in broken blood vessels which cause Capillaries to shrink.

During these processes the light emitted by the IPL/CPL will also stimulate collagen synthesis in various layers of the skin, therefore plumping fine lines and wrinkles whilst having a slight tightening effect on the skin.

What to Expect

The IPL/CPL emits a very bright light so clients will be lying down and wearing small dark goggles to protect their eyes. Each shot of the IPL/CPL on the skin feels like a rubber band flick. It is not painful and most clients tolerate it very well without any numbing cream necessary.

After the treatment clients usually experience a slight darkening of the pigmentation treated, or a purplish color of capillaries, which is accompanied by a reddening or minimal local swelling of the surrounding skin. After 1 to 2 weeks the darkened lesions will fade and/or flake off. Uneven complexions fade and become clearer and the skin feels softer, more hydrated and looks rejuvenated. Skin usually becomes instantly plumped and refined with little down time needed for these low invasive yet superior effective treatments.

How Many Treatments are Necessary

The result will be permanent reduction to permanent removal of pigment lesions and skin imperfections with improved skin texture in 1 to 10 sessions with 1 to 4 week intervals. Sessions can take from 5 minutes up to 1 hour depending on the size of the area and number of areas being treated.

Pigmentation Explained

Pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation develops when excess melanin is produced on the skins surface from overexposure to the sun. Skin pigmentation can be identified as patches or spots that are darker than the surrounding skin. Some of us are more prone to pigmentation than others and the causes of this can be hereditary, hormonal, lifestyle or our everyday skin care routine. Trauma to the skin can also cause pockets of melanin to form on the skin as a protective mechanism and appear as unsightly pigment spots.

Types Of Pigmentation Include

Melasma – Presents as brown patches across forehead, upper lip and sides of face and nose and usually effects women who are on the pill or have an IUD fitted, the condition usually worsens during the hotter summer months.

Chloasma – Otherwise known as the pregnancy mask pigment that can present itself across the upper cheeks, forhead and upper lip in the shape of a mask. This type of pigmentation usually subsides after pregnancy but can linger in some cases.

Freckles – Or Ephelides are usually hereditary but can also be caused by sun exposure. They can worsen or join to form larger spots with age.
Solar Lengtigines – Also known as liver spots or sun spots usually develop with age after prolonged years of sun exposure. They usually develop on the most commonly exposed areas such as face, chest and hands but can appear anywhere on the body.

Post Inflammatory Pigmentation – PIH is caused by a trauma to the skin such as squeezing pimples or picking at the skin. Inappropriate laser treatments can also cause post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

Most Pigmentation can be successfully treat with laser or IPL however Melasma and certain skin types are best treated with a chemical peel such as the Cosmelan depigmentation peel which gently sloughs away pockets of melanin whilst inhibiting the production of new pigmentation. It is always a good idea to follow any of these treatments with a course of LED Light Therapy to promote healthy new skin cell production.

Hypo-Pigmentation – Or white sun spots are also a result of sun damage or trauma to the skin and can be very difficult to treat. These areas of skin that are lighter than the surrounding skin have little or no melanocytes. Collagen Induction Therapy is the only treatment so far shown to help bring new melanin to these pockets of skin lacking pigment.