uses a series of gentle light pulses that target the
pigment present in sun spots, as well as other color
irregularities. As the light travels through the layers
of skin, heat from the light causes damage to the
abnormally pigmented areas. This will kick-start the
body’s natural healing process. The spot will either
become darker and flake off, or it will be naturally
absorbed by the body. IPL photofacials also stimulate
collagen growth to reduce fine lines.
For the average client, three-to-five IPL photofacial
treatments are required for best results, and most
clients can be treated as frequently as every three
weeks. Throughout the course of the treatment
process, clients can expect to see improved skin
texture and a smoother, more even complexion.
Fractional laser. For a more aggressive treatment
for sun damage, there are fractional laser procedures. A
fractional laser treats sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines
with the use of a laser beam that is split (fractionated)
into thousands of microscopic beams of light energy.
The pixilated light penetrates the dermis and generates
enough heat to stimulate natural collagen production
and new cell growth. In addition to reducing the
appearance of sun damage, fractional lasers can also
help treat acne scars, stretch marks and melasma.
When skin is treated using a fractionalized
approach, the surrounding skin is left intact, which
helps speed up the healing process. Most clients will see
results after one treatment, but they will need a series
of three-to-five treatments for optimal results.
Radiofrequency. Services that harness the power
of radiofrequency waves are also very effective for
helping remove sun spots, reduce wrinkles and
tighten skin. A radiofrequency procedure works by
sending heat energy into the dermal layer of the skin
to stimulate the production of collagen. Unlike lasers,
radiofrequency treatments rely on the absorption of
radio waves and not light, which makes these services
safe for all skin tones.
Hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a topical treatment
used to lighten skin. It works by inhibiting the
production of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that
helps to produce melanin. Depending on whether it
is sold over the counter or prescribed by a medical
professional, hydroquinone can range between
1–10% concentrations. Anything above 2% requires a
When used alone, hydroquinone treatments may
not show visible results for several weeks. To give your