IPL Laser technology to target pigmentation reducing dark spots associated with ageing


Uneven skin pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation, is a common skin condition in which dark spots and dark patches of skin appear on the face, hands and other parts of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun. 

Our skin naturally produces melanin when exposed to ultraviolet light to protect it but overactive pigment cells cause pigmentation spots, known as age spots. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.

From the age of about 40 the skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure and as the skin gets thinner exposing deeper pigmentation from historical sun damage, this becomes more visible on your skin. 


Generally age spots pose no health risk, however they can be unsightly and create a patchy, less youthful appearance.


IPL pigment removal is a relatively quick and easy procedure where the age spots and freckles can be lightened or removed in as little as 1-3 easy IPL sessions.


Treatment is suitable for you if:

  • You want a more even skin tone

  • You want to reduce areas of excess freckling

  • You want to target a specific age spot 

  • Can treat the face, hands and décolletage

  • Provide natural-looking improvement

  • Produces long lasting results.

Intense Pulsed Light offers a very effective treatment for pigmented marks such as age/liver spots and freckles that appear on the face and hands.

Laser treatment can remove deeper, larger areas of pigmentation such as birthmarks. Both treatments are non-invasive and result in a more even skin tone.

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No Chemicals

Non Invasive

Duration of Results

Permanent depending on future sun exposure

Number of treatments

1-3 spaced

4-6 weeks apart


From £39

Down Time 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the term used to describe areas of darker patches or spots on the skin. People with dark skin are normally more affected by hyperpigmentation marks than those with a lighter skin tone, because skin pigmentation is stronger in dark skin.

Different types of Hyperpigmentation

Pigment spots such as age spots: Pigmentation spots such as age spots, which are also known as sun spots, are caused by exposure to the sun. For this reason, they appear mainly on body parts that are frequently exposed, such as the face, neck, décolleté, hands and arms. They tend to be small, darkened patches of skin. Melasma: Melasma is a condition where larger patches of hyperpigmentation develop mainly on the face. Although it can affect both men and women, melasma is most common in women and is thought to be triggered by changes in hormone levels. Melasma occurs in 50% of pregnant women in the UK and in 10-25% of women taking oral contraceptives and so it is sometimes referred to as “the mask of pregnancy”. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: This occurs when a skin injury or trauma heals and leaves a flat area of discolouration behind. It’s commonly found among acne sufferers. There are other factors that can cause patches of skin to become darker, such as scarring, birthmarks, solar, or actinic, keratoses and skin cancers, but these aren’t considered to be forms of hyperpigmentation. Consult your dermatologist or pharmacist if you’re concerned about any of your dark spots, or if they start to bleed, itch, or change in size or colour.

How does IPL Laser for Pigmentation work?

Intense Pulsed Light systems release precisely controlled very short pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the melanin in freckles, sun spots or liver spots. The pigmented area absorbs the light and is heated, and is removed by skin renewal. Following treatment, the pigmented area turns darker and may crust. Over the following weeks, the pigmented area will gradually flake away from the skin leaving little trace of the original mark.

What will happen during my treatment?

You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. In Intense Pulsed Light treatments, a layer of gel is applied to the area to guide light into the skin. The applicator has a cooling action to increase comfort during treatment. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The gel is removed and the area cooled.

Can everyone have the treatment?

Unfortunately not all treatments are for everyone. Please check our contraindications list to make sure you avoid disappointment. Conditions that would mean you were not able to have this treatments:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) an auto-immune disease often referred to simply as “Lupus”
  • Any other disease or condition affecting the immune system eg removal of Spleen
  • Skin cancer in the area to be treated
  • Pregnant (or still breast feeding)
  • Bleeding abnormalities
  • Blood thinning medication (except low dose Aspirin of 75mg or less per day)
  • Suffer with hypertrophic scarring or keliod formation
  • Vitiligo
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis “Gold” or Methotrexate Therapy
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Biomedical implants or any other metal implants
  • Type 1 Diabetes & type 2 when on medication
  • Psoriasis or eczema (on treatment area)
  • Long term Photosensitive Medications
  • Very dark skin (Fitzpatrick skin type 6)
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Severe reactions to histamines
  • Allergic to ultrasound Gel
Conditions that need a doctors letter to confirm the treatment is suitable before treatments can begin:
  • Epilepsy
  • Transplant Anti-Rejection Drugs
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure treated with medication)
  • Cancer - after 12 months
The list below is of things that require a waiting period until you can start treatments:
  • Photosensiting Remedies and short term medication, including but not limited to Retin A, Roaccutane, St.Johns Wort, antibiotics, cortisone - wait 6 months after completion
  • Active Herpes simplex (Cold Sores) - wait 2 weeks until its healed and use antiviral medication a few days before and continue a week after treatment
  • Acute fungal infections - Wait until the condition has cleared until having your treatment
  • UV exposure from sunbathing or sunbeds - wait 4 weeks before your starting your treatment and please note you can not sunbath or go on a sunbed during your course of treatment
  • Self tanners - Stop using tanners and wait 4 weeks before starting treatments and do not use in the treatment area during your treatment course.
  • Chemical Peel, Microdermabrasion or Radio Frequency - wait 4 weeks before starting treatments and do not have in the area during your treatment course.
  • Medical Chemical Peels, Dermabrasion, Laser Skin Resurfacing or Face Lift at site of treatment - wait 6 moths before starting treatments and do not have in the area during your treatment course.
  • Area being treated with Botox® - wait 3 months
  • Area being treated with dermal fillers - wait 2 weeks
  • Depilatory creams - wait 2 weeks
  • Open lesions -wait until completely healed
  • Infection - wait until the infection has completely healed
  • Inflammation - wait until the area has completely calmed down
  • Tattoos in the treatment area - the area has to be avoided
  • Moles (if you have a mole, you can still undergo laser based treatments as the beams used aren’t on the UV spectrum, however it is always important to keep an eye on any visual mole alterations that may occur (if you do see anything suspicious, make sure you inform your doctor of the treatment and have it checked as soon as possible)

What will happen after my treatment, are there any side effects?

You may experience redness which can be quite obvious immediately afterwards. This usually reduces quickly in a few hours and disappears within a few days. The skin of some clients can become darker where the pigment was treated but this usually flakes off after a few days but can take up to a week. It is important that any crusts are not picked abd the skin is allowed to heal naturally. Sometimes the skin becomes lighter and sometimes small blisters may form in the treated area.The area will be tender for several days after treatment. Provided you do not have dark skin or tanned skin, patients experience very few side effects.

Which therapists at Beauty Holistic Avenue provide this treatment?

Vicki Hexter Viktoria Zem Find out more about each therapist at Meet the Team

How long will the treatment take and how many will you need?

The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 15 to 30 minutes. The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented mark present, but typically 1 – 3 treatments will be needed. Treatments should take place approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.

How much does it cost?

CONSULTATION & PATCH TEST: Free SMALL AREA (under 10mm): £39.00 per area MEDIUM AREA (under 20mm): £69.00 per area LARGE AREA (over 20mm): £99.00 per area

Pre & Post Care Advice

Pre-Treatment Care

  • In the lead up to your treatment ensure:
  • No fake tan 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
  • No sun exposure 4 weeks prior to your treatment (use SPF 30+ daily).
  • Take anti-viral medication if you have had recent herpes close to the area.
  • No alcohol 48 hours before your treatment
Post-Treatment Care
  • Cold compresses (not ice) and recommended skin care products such as Aloe Vera may be useful if there is any swelling and erythema or general discomfort. Erythema may last for several hours.
  • You may take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream may decrease any itching or skin irritation. Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) may be used if skin is broken (very rare) to prevent infection.
  • Your skin will be fragile for 2 to 3 days. Use gentle cleansers, but do not rub the skin vigorously and avoid cleaning with very hot water during this time. Skin moisturisers may be used and make-up can be applied if the skin is not broken. Aloe Vera gel can help aid recovery
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning creams during the entire course of treatments. Use SPF 30 or greater on the treatment area at all times.
  • The treatment area may be left open and uncovered. Do not scrub the area. Do not use any products on the treated area without first consulting your Aesthetic Therapist.
  • Avoid soaking for 24 to 48 hours. No hot tubs, whirlpools or baths, but showers are allowed if tepid water is used.
  • Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous working out.
  • Keep areas well moisturised and allow any scabs (rare) to fall off on their own. An antibiotic ointment may be used. (This is more likely to occur after treatment of pigmented lesions).
  • Avoid irritants such as Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams and exfoliants for one week.
  • Refrain from alcohol for 3-7 days (This is particularly recommended after treatment for Thread Veins as alcohol may dilate blood vessels in the treatment area)
  • Keep well hydrated
  • It is best to avoid smoking for a period of several weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking constricts the capillaries and taxes the immune system, thereby slowing healing and results
  • Avoid photosensitivity inducing foods (notably Celery & Leek)
  • Plucking residual hair is acceptable after hair removal treatment (but not before!)
  • Makeup can be applied after 2 hours
  • On occasion, clients experience blistering that causes crusting. This usually does not occur until the following day. If it does occur, the patient can apply warm compresses and a topical antiseptic ointment. This occurrence should be relayed to your Aesthetic Practitioner as future treatments will require that the settings be adjusted.