Pigmented lesions (dark spots on the skin caused by a higher concentration of melanin) such as sun spots, freckles, melasma and more, are incredibly common among the entire population. While some pigmented lesions are present at birth, sun damage and aging are often at fault. In fact, many clinical studies have shown that the presence of pigmented lesions on the face can cause patients to look significantly older than their chronological age. However, these benign spots on the face, neck, chest, and hands are easily and safely treatable with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). At Elysium Aesthetics and VeinCare, we use the Harmony XL platform by Alma lasers.

Your appointment begins with a consultation to discuss your concerns. Your skin type will be assessed as well as the spots that cause you concern. Only spots that are determined to be benign will be treated. Depending on how long you have had the pigmented lesion as well as its size and depth determine how many sessions you will need. Most patients require anywhere between 1 and 6 treatments. Each session lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. During the treatment, one of two methods will be used depending on the size of the area being treated. For single, focal lesions, a template will be used to protect the surrounding tissue to ensure that only the pigmented lesion is targeted. For larger areas such as the chest or back, or even to address several freckles on the face, the wand is moved slowly over the entire area to be treated.

Immediately after the treatment, the spots may appear to be darker than prior to the treatment and the skin may be slightly red for a few hours and feel like a mild sunburn. This is normal. Many often describe the appearance as looking like a “coffee grind.” Over the course of the next several weeks, the spot(s) will begin to fade, flake off and appear lighter.