What is Pigmentation?
Skin pigmentation covers a range of skin irregularities resulting from increased melanin production. It is known technically as hyperpigmentation (this should not be mixed up with hypopigmentation and such things as vitiligo).
Skin pigmentation is a far-reaching term, some are temporary, while others are chronic; many have no attached health risks, while others can lead to skin cancer (if you do have any concerns, then get any pigmentations checked out by a medical doctor).
The following are the most common variations of skin pigmentations:
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Liver spots
- Actinic keratosis
- Actinic purpura
What Causes Pigmentation?
Within the skin, there are special cells called melanocytes which generate colour using melanin. When exposed to the sun they react, and this is what gives us a tan.
If the skin is exposed to excessive quantities of sun, it can damage the melanocyte cells, causing uneven melanin production. This doesn’t give a uniform tan but rather an uneven tone with skin pigmentations. Each body reacts differently, and so there are a range of effects caused by this, cute freckles, excess freckles, liver spots and so on.
There are other factors which can damage these melanocyte cells and cause pigmentation such as hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, genetics, certain medication, infections or scarring.
How We Can Help:
We offer both laser treatment and IPL as non-surgical methods for addressing unwanted skin pigmentation. They are non-invasive and can improve the appearance of the skin in just a few treatments.
The PicoWay Resolve laser treats skin pigmentation by firing ultrashort (picosecond – one trillionth of a second) pulses into the pigmented areas. These pulses shatter the melanin, contained in these pigmentations into very minute particles. The body then eliminates these particles using its natural processes.
IPL fires out a broad spectrum of light that is precisely calibrated to hit the areas of higher concentration of melanin. It damages the tissue with a higher melanin content, and the body’s natural processes will work to carry away these damaged cells and replace them with fresh healthier skin.
We’re pleased to be able to offer both methods of treating skin pigmentation. At your initial consultation, the technician will discuss with you, which treatment plan is best, and answer any questions you have.
Your Next Step:
The first thing you should do is book yourself in for a free consultation. There are no set-ups or preparation needed before your consultation.
During the consultation you can show the affected areas to our technician who will be able to recommend to you the best course of treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
Following that you will have a free patch test. This is the use of the laser or IPL equipment on a small affected area to see how your skin reacts.
Once you have shown no adverse reactions to the laser or IPL equipment you can get booked in for a full course of treatments.