IPL Hyperpigmentation Therapy | Deansgate, Manchester | Harley Street, London

Treatment Summary Card

DISCLAIMER: Everyone is unique. This does mean that sensitivity periods, treatment plans, treatment results and their longevity will vary from client to client. The information on this page is based on the average treatment experience. For more accurate information, you should make a consultation with one of our experts.

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Sensitivity Period:

0 – 48 HOURS
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How does it work

Like laser, IPL works on a similar principal where light energy is absorbed into certain targeted cells with chromophore (colour) in the skin. The light is then converted to heat, which damages the target cells, rendering it incapable of performing its regular duty (perhaps producing hair or colour). This action is limited to the target site only and the surrounding skin is unaffected.


Who is suitable for IPL?

Most people may be treated with IPL, if you have a health concern however, your doctor should determine if your health is suitable for IPL treatments. People with darker skin types are also suitable to utilise IPL at our clinic, however, you should be aware that people with darker skin types often take longer to achieve desired results.

All patients wanting to undertake a course of IPL will need to come in for a consultation, there we will conduct a thorough consultation, taking into consideration past medical history, along with current treatments you may also be having to determine your suitability for treatment and if any preparation may be required PRIOR to treatment commencement.

Does IPL Hurt?

Many patients report that they feel a slight pinch, such as that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin but for most people and most treatments, no pain medication is required. In many cases as treatment continues, the level of discomfort reduces, due to there being fewer target sites (such as hair, pigmentation or vessels) to treat each time.

Are there any side effects from having this treatment?

Generally, no. However, you may experience some short lived effects from the treatment.
These may include:

  • Slight erythema (redness) of the skin in the area treated
  • Slight odema (swelling) of the skin in the area treated

Both these are only short term effects and should resolve within a few hours.

Is there any “down time” or restrictions to my activities after IPL?

Short answer? Yes. Whilst most people can return to work after their treatment, there are some things you need to remember:

  • No hot steamy showers for the next 24 hours
  • No gym sessions for the next 24 hours
  • No strenuous activities (eg: anything that works up a sweat) for the next 24 hours
  • No pools, spas, saunas for the next 24 hours
  • No sunscreen on the treated area(s) for the next 24 hours

Other than that, its relatively simple and easy.


Whilst you cannot use sunscreen for the first 24 hours after the treatment (as the barrier function of the skin is compromised) it is IMPERATIVE that throughout your treatment course that the areas treated are kept protected from the sun. SPF50 or above SUNSCREEN IS MANDATORY.