Whether born with them or acquired over the course of a lifetime Pigmentation can be caused by a number of different factors, the most common factor is a result of to much sun. virtually everyone has one or more sun spots, dark spots, birthmarks, freckles or skin discolouration they’d love to get rid of.
Our Skin specialists can recommend a combination of affordable treatments such as IPL pigmentation correction and chemical peels to reduce the discolouration and even out skin tone, delivering fantastic results.
Depending on the amount of hyperpigmentation you have, you may need to repeat your IPL in a month. If you have a lot of sun damage, it can take 3-5 treatments. We recommend that our patients see our aestheticians for skin care in between their therapy sessions.
What causes skin pigmentation?
Melanin gives our skin its colour, whether dark or light complexioned, we all have varying amounts of melanin in our skin. Pigmented lesions are dark in colour simply because the melanin has become abnormally localized and concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin arise from several causes. Some types are present at birth, but most pigmentation occurs as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays, ageing, hormonal change (Chloasma) arising from several causes including some oral contraceptives, or pregnancy (Melasma). We are now very aware of the adverse effects of over exposure to the sun and modern sun screens and other skin care products are directed at preventing, or at least minimising, damage to our skin arising from normal exposure and from “sun-bathing”. While protection from the sun remains the best prevention from sun spots and related sun-damage skin disorders, there are treatments available for those already suffering from “photo-aging”, although most brown spots are easily ignored, many are quite conspicuous and can detract from your skin’s natural beauty and your feelings of well-being and esteem. Pigmentation removal depends on the type, location, and cause of the pigmentation.
Solar lentigos, As the name indicates, this is a direct result of sun exposure — the skin is reacting to the UV (Ultra Violet) rays from the Sun. Many of us have endured sunburns; the acute form of Sun damage to the skin, the reality is that the effects of sun-damaged skin increase with age. Over time, we note the gradual changes (chronic) in our skin caused by the accumulation of sun exposure.
Chloasma occurs quite commonly in women taking oral contraceptive tablets. The skin pigmentations usually develop slowly but may be noticed shortly after starting oral contraception or changing the brand or dosage strength, but may also occur after many months of use. You should consult your General Medical Practitioner and discuss alternative contraceptives.
Melasma is triggered by sunlight and the incidence increase with age. Another important contributing factor is hormonal changes. Melasma is also called “mask of pregnancy” because it appears during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth. Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy are known to aggravate pre-existing Melasma.
This can occur from skin trauma, infection, or inflammation as well as: acne, burns, inappropriate use of skin peels, other skin products, and micro-dermabrasion. Some chemical and mechanical treatments intended to improve the appearance of your skin can have an adverse effect over time or when incorrectly applied. Here are some examples of Dermal and Epidermal conditions which we often treat at Beauty & Laser Clinic:
- Solar lentigos
- Cafe-au-Lait Macules
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and
Treatment for Pigmentation Removal
Correct analysis is important to ensure that you receive the best most appropriate therapeutic treatment. The pigment can be near the surface – which is easier to remove or deeper in the skin – which is harder to remove.
How many treatments of an area do I need?
Typically, only 2 treatments are required. The results from 1 treatment are excellent, but often there are missed areas, and a second treatment is required to pick these up. It is like a second coat of paint. It just looks more polished. Sometimes, freckles on the back and chest will require up to 3 treatments, as they can be quite stubborn. Even though 2 treatments are mostly effective, best results can be achieved with 3.
Is fractional laser good for Freckle Pigment Removal?
Fractional laser is not the gold standard for Freckle Pigment Removal treatment. With a fractional laser, it only covers approximately 10% of the skin surface area per treatment, so the results can only reflect this. we have done several cases where we have treated half the freckled body with one treatment of fractional ablative laser and the other side with one treatment of IPL/BBL. The Freckle Pigment Removal results on the BBL/IPL side were vastly better than the fractional laser side. we wouldn’t consider it the efficient and cost effective choice, for freckle removal.
Are there any Precautions to take during treatment?
As with all laser treatment, you must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before treatment, during treatment and for some weeks following treatment. At Beauty and laser Clinic, our experienced qualified therapists will advise you based on your skin type and the nature of the treatments that you are receiving. SPF 30+ must be worn daily.
Treatment area size 2×2 cm for $110