Pigment removal with SkinFirst Systems

SkinFirst Maxi PlusPigmented spots are coloured spots or patches on the skin caused by increased production of melanin, the dark pigment in the skin (sun spots, age spots, freckles, uneven skin tone). Some lesions are present at birth whilst others develop with exposure to sun or with age. Although most people want smooth, clear, youthful looking skin, sun damage is inevitable.

SkinFirst MPL ® technology is ideal for targeting benign pigmented lesions, with a view to partial or complete removal. The differentiating element present within the SkinFirst system that is not in traditional IPL machines, is the inclusion of radio frequency, which enables us to deliver a stronger energy source, whilst retaining comfort and safety.

How does the treatment work?

The MPL® energy is directed onto the skin through optical gel which is applied before treatment. The light is drawn to the melanin (the colour) of the pigmentation patch; the radio frequency follows the light down to the pigment adding extra heat to the target to break the pigment up. The pigment will flake off the skin, fully or partially over a period of a couple of weeks.

SkinFirst machine in useWho can have pigmentation removal?

We can treat Fitzpatrick’s skin types 1-3. Your skin clinician will discuss this in detail with you.

How does the treatment feel?

You should feel what seems like an elastic band flicking against the surface of the skin. Due to the SkinFirst advanced technology the treatment is much more comfortable than traditional IPL or Laser machines. The skin can also feel tingly and warm after treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

This varies, and will be discussed in depth during a consultation. On average we recommend three to six treatments. The reasons for being unable to predict accurately how many treatments are required include the fact that pigmented lesions vary in colour, depth, cause, and how long they have been present. Darker brown lesions can often be easier to treat than lighter patches; but other factors do come into play, which will be discussed at consultation.

Pigment Removal after 3 treatments

Before Pigment removal - before After Pigment removal - after

How long do I have to wait in between treatments?

Treatments are spaced every 4 weeks.

What will happen after the treatment?

After the treatment you will have generalised redness around the pigmented area, the pigmented lesion will look darker. Between 3 to 10 days after the treatment the darker pigment will come to the surface and flake off with the natural skin renewal. Any flakes must not be picked as this can lead to scarring. Once the pigment has flaked off fully (which sometimes may take a few sessions) it should leave the area clear with little trace of the patch.

What do I need to do in between treatments?

You must not use sunbeds or gain an active tan throughout the course of treatments. If you do so you can only be treated 4 weeks before your holiday and 4 weeks after or until the tan has subsided. You should wear SPF 30+ with UVA and UVB every day during the course of treatments. Avoid using fake tan on the area 10 days prior to treatments; you can use it 24 hours after the treatment though.

Once the pigmented lesions have been removed, you should ensure that you protect the skin from tanning and burning rays subsequently, in order to avoid a recurrence on the condition, and further treatments. If this is not practical, then maintenance sessions may be required at a future date.