Why Skin Pigmentation?
An increase in melanin causes pigmentation, and this can be a direct result of sun damage, or certain conditions such as Addison's disease and pregnancy.
Pigmentation can cause several imperfections such as dark spots, age spots, sunspots, reduced elasticity of the skin.
Pigmented lesions such as sun spots and freckles can be successfully removed creating a more flawless, youthful and glowing appearance.
What are the benefits?
- Minimise the appearance of skin pigmentation
- Treats body and face areas
- Helps lighten brown spots and even out skin tone
- Stimulates collagen production
- Increases radiance
- Youthful and glowing appearance.
Light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.
Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be checked by a dermatologist. Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body. The pigmented marks that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sun spots) and freckles.
Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required.
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post-treatment. The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. Sometimes an initial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following few weeks.
The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 to 30 minutes.
The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. With Q-Switched Laser treatments due to the power of the Laser energy delivered into the skin, a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur during the treatment, and a dressing may be applied after the treatment to protect the skin while it heals. During treatment, protective eyewear will be provided.
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion, but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4 to 6 weeks intervals.
You must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
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