Skin Pigmentation Removal
Once an attractive, bronzed skin colour – now more than likely an accumulation of skin blemishes & lesions that most of us would prefer to cover. Chronic sun damage results in a cosmetic change in the skin’s appearance called “photo-aging”. Photo-aging gives the appearance of brown spots and other unsightly marks. There can also be changes that are of medical and health concern such as skin cancers and pre-cancerous lesions.
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
- hormonal changes (can include changes in oral contraceptives, or pregnancy)
We are now very aware of the adverse effects of over exposure to the sun. This awareness has led to modern sun screens and other skin care products being directed at preventing/minimizing damage to our skin arising from normal exposure and “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, 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.
Hormonal Pigmentation (Chloasma)
Chloasma occurs quite commonly in women taking oral contraceptive tablets. The skin pigmentation usually develop slowly but may be noticed shortly after starting oral contraception or changing the brand or dosage strength. 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 City 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.
At City Laser Clinic we understand the distress and embarrassment that skin pigmentation can cause, particularly the darker blemishes and especially when covering larger parts of the visible skin. City Laser Clinic laser therapists have found that the MedLite Q-Switch Laser is the most effective resource for Treatment of Deep Skin (dermal) and Superficial (epidermal) pigmented blemishes and lesions.
City Laser Clinic laser therapists have the equipment, experience, training and qualifications to provide safe an effective treatment of most types of pigmented blemishes and lesions. City Laser Clinic has chosen the MedLite Q-Switch Laser for its proven effectiveness arising from the combination of high power and nanosecond pulses that deliver peak energy throughout the layers of the epidermis faster than the normal relaxation time of the tissue.
The result is a safe, effective way to control the laser energy and safely achieve desired results. Laser has been engineered to remove. The MedLite has two wavelengths in one laser, these are 532nm and 1064nm Nd: YAG. These wavelengths add flexibility to the treatment options for the skin blemishes and lesions that the Q-Switch laser, As with all Laser therapy treatments, the frequency and number of laser treatments will depend on your skin type, the area affected and the size of that area. Contact City Laser Clinic to arrange a free laser consultation to discuss a laser treatment plan that suits your needs.
The City Laser Clinic laser therapists do sometimes need to refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided.
Are there any Precautions to take during laser treatment?
As with all laser treatment, you must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before treatment, during treatment and for some weeks following laser treatment. At City Laser Clinic, our experienced qualified laser therapists will advise you based on your skin type and the nature of the laser treatments that you are receiving. SPF 30+ must be worn daily.
Some Images of Pigmentation Removal Results
In most clients, the Pigmentation is found to be at different levels within their skin and requires more laser treatment. Generally, the longer the pigment has been present the more difficult it is to remove, but satisfactory reduction can usually be achieved for most people. At City Laser Clinic, the treatment for Skin Pigmentation is by the MedLite Q-Switch Laser or the Candela GentleLase depending on the type of pigmentation. Contact City Laser Clinic to arrange a free laser consultation to discuss a laser treatment plan that suits your needs. As with all Laser therapy treatments, the frequency and number of laser treatments will depend on your skin type, the area affected and the size of that area.