Vascular and Pigmented Lesions
Skin blemishes due to abnormal blood vessels located directly under your skin’s surface that give the skin red color are called vascular lesion. Pigmented lesions are caused by a proliferation of melanocytes in the skin. Melanocytes contain the cells that manufacture melanin, which is the dark pigment in the skin.
How do IPL treatments work?
IPL treatments are performed with a non-invasive medical system that uses intense pulsed light therapy to reduce melanin, the dark pigment in your skin. The lights energy gently delivered to your skins impulses, through a delicate, computer-controlled hand piece. After your IPL treatment, the treated vascular lesion or hair will gradually fade and slowly disappear.
What conditions can IPL treat?
Sun spots (lentigos)
Also known as ‘age spots’, ‘liver spots’, ‘brown spots’ and ‘freckles’, are multiple, flat spots on the skin caused by uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment). They typically appear on sun exposed areas of the skin like the face, neck, arms and shoulders.
The melanin pigment in our skin absorbs sunlight and helps to protect our skin from UV rays. However as we age, our skin’s natural ability to fend off UV rays gradually deteriorates, and we see the development of age spots and more and more other sun damage.
Other quick facts about sun spots and freckles:
Freckles may start to appear at a very young age. After age 40, our skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure and the sun spots become more prominent.
Freckles most commonly occur in light-skinned people who have less melanin pigment that can protect the skin from sun exposure. Abnormal melanin such as in the freckles and brown spots are also commonly seen in those who have a genetic tendency to develop freckles.
Most sun spots are benign, but if you notice any with abnormal changes in color or shape, you should see a dermatologist to determine if they are cancerous or not.
Excessive exposure of UVA and UVB light from tanning beds may also lead to brown spots