Pigmentation removal includes an array of options from pigmentation cream, chemical peels, lasers & IPL. Skin pigmentation treatment depends on what is causing the excess pigment. There are an array of conditions that result in dark spots on the skin, from hormones to sun damage, skin trauma & birthmarks. Sun damage causes freckles, age spots, liver spots and melasma. Skin trauma results in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Laser pigmentation removal is useful for many but not all of these types of skin concerns.
Skin pigmentation treatment depends on the cause (diagnosis ) of the pigmentation and to a lesser extent where on the body it occurs. Most excess skin pigment in Brisbane is from sun damage, either directly or indirectly. Melasma is caused by a combination of hormones and sun exposure. Sun damage responds well to laser pigmentation removal, whereas melasma and post-inflammatory condition require pigmentation creams and sometimes peels to settle the excess skin discolouration.
Skin Pigmentation Treatment with Sun Damage
A tan does not mean healthy skin. The dark discolouration of skin as a result of the sun is a sign of skin damage. This is most recognisable as age spots, liver spots or freckles and is permanent alterations to the skin’s appearance. Laser pigmentation removal is useful for skin types 1 to 4. Laser and IPL are sometimes put under the same umbrella, as skin pigmentation treatment.
IPL or a photo facial is useful for skin discolouration in across red and brown hues. Therefore it can treat a spectrum of skin changes. Laser pigmentation removal can include specific pigment lasers that act superficially to remove the brown marks or a deeper laser such as CO2 laser resurfacing. If sun damage is extensive and skin discolouration is combined with fine lines and wrinkles CO2 laser provides a better treatment option.
Alternatives to Laser Pigmentation Removal
Apart from laser pigmentation removal, medical grade peels and skin lightening creams can be used in combination or alone for pigmentation removal. These treatments will all help to various degrees with textural concerns as well.
Other Causes Of Pigmentation Changes
Other leading causes of changes to skin colour is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma. Melasma is caused by a combination of hormones and sun. It can occur in women when they go on the pill when they become pregnant and can happen in men though this is rarer. Treatment of melasma focuses on hydroquinone cream and peels. Though laser and IPL can be considered for resistant melasma.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation arises in people with darker skin types (Fitzpatrick 4, 5, 6) or particular ethnic background such as Asian. The hyperpigmentation is an inflammatory reaction to some form of trauma.
The injury can be physical, chemical, solar (excessive sun ) or burns from light and laser treatment, or after infections (such as acne). Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation presents as an increase in pigment which can have brown to purplish red hues.
Post-Inflammatory Pigmentation Treatment
A lot of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will settle on its own. The resolution can take several months, so many people elect to intervene with prescription treatments including hydroquinone cream. The most important factor is to prevent further inflammation while resolution occurs. Avoid sun exposure, by wearing sunscreen. Do not treat this type of pigment with laser pigmentation treatment or IPL. Avoid skin care ingredients that cause inflammation. Pigmentation From
Pigmentation Removal with Melasma
Melasma is another type of skin discolouration occurring commonly in women. Melasma treatment information includes combinations of prescription skin care and peels. Fraction laser is also a useful treatment for melasma. However, rebound pigmentation can occur with all laser melasma treatment.
Facial Pigmentation Treatment
The most common forms of pigmentation in Brisbane on the face are from sun damage or solar lentigines or freckles. Treatment of facial pigmentation from sun exposure include lasers, IPL treatment and peels. Benign facial pigmentation must be excluded from cancer, and our Doctors will be able to assist if there is a concern. There is a charge to see the Doctor for Medical skin checks. Freckle removal is essentially the same.
What Are Age Spots?
Age spots appear as small brown spots on the skin, they vary in size. They commonly occur on sun-exposed areas the face, hands shoulder and arms. The medical name for age spots is solar lentigines. In Brisbane, they are common in people over 50 but can occur earlier because of the amount of UV exposure we have.
Age Spot Removal?
Age spots are harmless but must be differentiated from skin cancer. Treatment is designed to improve the cosmetic appearance with IPL, laser, skin care for pigmentation removal or peels
What Are Liver Spots?
Liver spots are also solar lentigines. Liver spots are merely another common name for age spots, except liver spots more commonly refer to brown spots appearing on the back of hands.
How To Treat Liver Spots
Treatment of liver spots on hands follows the same principle as for solar lentigines that occur elsewhere. However, they can be harder to treat because of differences in the skin on the back of your hands.
Free Assessment For Skin Pigmentation Treatment
We offer an obligation free consultation with Therapist for you to discuss which treatments will help with your pigmentation treatment. If you require skin lightening creams, or examination by a Doctor to exclude cancerous lesions or for diagnosis, there will be a charge for this. Call us on 3350 5447 for a free assessment with our team.