Pigmentation, many people suffer from it and don’t even know that they are.
What is it?
Pigmentation is a common skin condition, where some areas or patches of skin turn darker in colour. It’s usually a harmless condition and is caused when there is too much of the pigment or melanin, on the surface of the skin.
This condition can affect people of all skin types and colours and can be seen in the following forms –
Freckles are the most common and usually hereditary form of pigmentation. Some people are born with freckles while others develop them as they age and have been exposed to the sun. Though freckles are often thought of as attractive and cute there are people who wish to have them removed or reduced.
Age spots also known as ‘liver spots’, are another popular form of pigmentation. They usually occur as a result of damage to the skin caused by UV rays. Presented as small, dark spots they are generally found on the hands and face, but any area exposed to the sun, can be affected.
Melasma are brown patches that appear as an adult on the sides of the face and usually both sides are affected.. The most common areas are the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, and upper lip. Melasma usually occurs in women, with only 10% of men being affected. Often women who use contraception develop this type of pigmentation. It can become more prominent if the skin is exposed to sunlight and can worsen during the summer months.
A semi common side effect in pregnant women, chloasma can appear when some pregnant women overproduce melanin and develop this condition which is also known as the “mask of pregnancy”. It appears on the face and can also appear on the abdomen and again this may worsen after sun exposure.
Now that you know what pigmentation actually is, you’ve probably realized that you have some form of it on your face or body, whether it be freckles on your cheeks and nose or age spots on your hands.
How can the Australian Laser and Skin Clinic help?
We offer a fantastic treatment called Photo Rejuvenation that helps remove or reduce all the forms of pigmentation mentioned above.
Photo Rejuvenation is performed with our Medical Grade Intense Pulsed Light Laser or IPL. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses light to absorb melanin (the dark pigment in your hair and skin) and haemoglobin (the red colour in your blood vessels). This light converts to heat, which damages the target cells without disrupting the skins surface.
As well as treating pigmentation Photo Rejuvenation can also treat spider veins, red spots, broken capillaries and can drastically reduce redness and rosacea.
After treatment of pigmented areas they will go darker sometimes almost black, then will fall off within 7 to 28 days (depending on the area of the body) or it will just gradually fade.
Because there may be potential complications with IPL treatments The Australian Laser and Skin Clinic offer a complimentary consultation and test patch to allow an accurate evaluation of the skins response and to see if you are suitable for Photo Rejuvenation.
For more information on Pigmentation Treatment Call 1300786166 to book in for your complimentary consult and test patch.