Freckle Removal

What are Freckles?

Freckles are small patches of colour on the skin that can be brown, tan, red, black, or even yellow. They often become more pronounced with exposure to sun, and in some cases could be genetic. They can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen on the face and arms. They are not a health threat to anyone, and are very common. They are seen more in the summer than in the winter, and often are seen on those with light complexions, blonde hair and red hair, but can be ultimately seen on anyone.

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Freckle Removal Treatment

Many are not happy with how freckles will make them look. They may become self conscious if they have large patches of them covering the skin. There are ways to remove freckles from the skin. One such method is Laser/IPL, which is the single most effective way to remove freckles. IPL stands for intense pulse light. This treatment is suitable for those that are wanting to remove freckles or reduce excessive freckling of the skin, want an even skin tone or would like to target a specific age spot. This is a quick procedure that is very easy for a skin specialist to perform. Often times it will take between 30 to 90 minutes to perform, based on where the treatment is being done at. Many times a single freckle removal treatment will be needed to remove the freckles, however, it is not uncommon to have a few more sessions after the initial one for the best possible results. If multiple freckle removal treatments are used, three to six weeks will be needed between each treatment. The intense pulse light will target the areas on the skin that have excess pigment, breaking down the excess melanin. Eye pads or glasses will be used to protect the eyes, and a cooling gel can be placed on the skin. Short bursts of light that has been filtered will be absorbed by the high concentration of melanin that is found in the freckles. The melanin will then be heated by this process, which in turn will eradicate the melanin rich cells. After the freckle removal treatment, the cooling gel will be wiped off, and a moisturiser with sunscreen will be applied. Anywhere between a few days and up until 2 weeks after treatment, the freckles will darken, but then will fade away as the excessive melanin is shed. This treatment is not recommended for persons with very dark or tanned skin complexions, nor for those that are pregnant.

How does IPL work for Freckle Removal

Upon receiving IPL, there will be a light tingling sensation that feels warm. It can be an uncomfortable process, with the skin being red after the procedure is finished. Some skin specialists will use topical anesthetics. However, not everyone that has this treatment done finds pain associated with it There could be mild swelling after the treatment, which should subside within a few hours to a few days.  Small blisters could form, but this is very rare.

Benefits to using IPL for Freckle Removal

There are many benefits to having IPL done on the skin. First off, it is non-invasive. This means there will be no surgery involved, and patients can often return to their normal daily activities as soon as the procedure is done. Secondly, it is quick on the skin. Often times, after one treatment, skin tone will be noticeable more even.

Freckle Removal Cost

A single full face treatment will run between $400 to $600, while a neck, face and chest treatment is between $900 to $2000. This will all depend on who is doing the freckle removal treatment, it also depends on the area of treatment. Only allow a certified skin specialist or doctor to perform the freckle removal treatment on your skin. They should have experience with laser treatments, and be willing to answer any question that you may have about the procedure. To speak to one of our skin specialist about the freckle removal treatment you can call us on 1300 or request a call back.

6 replies
  1. the IPL
    the IPL says:

    I have had IPL done before. I only needed one treatment. It was fast…I had it done in my local dermatologist office in under 45 minutes. He did not give me anything for the pain and quite honestly it was not so bad. Yes it did sting a bit and got somewhat warm but after a while, I just went with the flow and kept imagining myself without all these darn freckles. That worked on me. I now have less freckles then I did how many years ago and I am very happy with how I look. My skin tone is much more even. I love it.

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  2. Haile
    Haile says:

    Freckles have been a part of me since as long as I can remember. While they are not a health issue, I do not find that I am very confident with them. Some have referred to me as being cute. I am 27 years old…now is not the time to be cute. So I am going to take a next step and discuss with my dermatologist if this method is right for me. I have been saving for a rainy day and this might be something that could totally transform my look. I am looking forward to having skin that is even and way less freckled!

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  3. Sassy Sindy
    Sassy Sindy says:

    I have tons of freckles on my face. I used to think that when I was in my teens that by the time I was in my 30s, they would all be gone. I guess that was wishful thinking. I am not very impressed lately with my freckles. You know if I only had a few, it would be a different story. But here I sit with a face full of them. Yes I know that they are genetic. My mother had a few freckles, but my father was a red head with tons of them. I have a fair complexion, with strawberry blonde hair so I am sort of doomed to have them forever. I never even knew that one could get rid of them with treatments like this. I had heard of over the counter things to try before, but am impressed that a dermatologist could do this for me. I am going to make an appointment with my dermatologist and see if IPL is right for me. It could not hurt anything! Even if I would only manage to get rid of half of what I have now, it would be a huge improvement.

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  4. Family freckles
    Family freckles says:

    Freckles are really something that run in my family. I have them as do both of my parents and all my siblings. I am very interested in getting some of them removed. My face has tons of them. Sure they were cute when I was younger but not so much anymore. A slight smattering on my face would be enough for me, but they are so close together that it just looks like one huge conglomeration. So I am really interested in using IPL. I had never heard of it til now, reading about it. It does sound like a very safe process. I am going to ask my dermatologist about it and see if it is right for me. I am not pregnant and do not have dark skin, so I should be fair game! Looking forward to the day when I can have an even skin tone with no freckles. Does anyone know…does IPL make all freckles go completely away and will this procedure last a lifetime as long as I take my precautions in the sun, such as wearing a good SPF and staying out of the sun in the peak hours?

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  5. Kassie
    Kassie says:

    Freckels on my face for the past 3 years. Ive used many over the counter creams but they don’t seem to work.. so i want to discuss IPL, will my freckels be removed completely?

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