PIGMENTATION

Freckles, age spots, sun spots, liver spots or simply pigmentation. Whatever name you may have for it, irregular skin discolouration is a common and sometimes distressing problem caused by various factors. It can appear from a very young age, or later on, generally triggered by hormonal changes, acne, overexposure to UV radiation, some inflammatory skin disorders and other environmental factors.

Pigmentation refers to changes in the melanin (pigment) of your skin, it's important to note there are different types and they do not all respond to the same treatments. Because of this, receiving the correct diagnosis for the type of pigmentation you’re experiencing is essential if you are going to benefit from treatment.

COMMON TYPES OF PIGMENTATION

FRECKLES
The most common type of pigmentation is ephelides, or freckles. These develop after repeated exposure to sunlight, particularly if you have a fair complexion. They appear darker during the sunny months and fade in the winter. Heredity factors also influences freckling.

SOLAR LENTIGINES
Also referred to as liver spots or sun spots, these are pigmented spots with a clearly defined edge. They may occur anywhere on the body and vary in colour from light brown to black. These spots are caused by UV sun exposure and the degree depends on how much UV light these melanin pigments are exposed to. These must be monitored as there is a chance they may develop into skin cancer and melanoma. Annual checks with your skin specialist are essential.

POST-INFLAMMATORY HYPER PIGMENTATION
This is a response to injury of the skin and can be the result of acne, burns, friction or aggressive clinical treatments such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser and IPL. This condition often resolves with time and generally responds to topical products, although it can recur. 

MELASMA
Melasma or chloasma is pigmentation that is deeper in the skin’s dermis. It appears on the face as larger brown patches with a non-distinct border. This type of pigmentation is more common in women. Though causes are unknown, it is often stimulated by hormonal increases. The condition is made worse with UV exposure, some medications, pregnancy and stress.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Depending on the type of pigmentation that is concerning you, there will be a treatment or combination of treatments that will achieve the most effective results.

The pigmentation treatments we offer include:
- Plasmage
- Mesotherapy Micro Needling
- IPL Photo Rejuvenation
- Meline® Peel
- Cosmelan® Peel

It's important to note that some common laser treatments may cause hyper or hypo pigmentation if the pigmentation type has not been assessed and diagnosed correctly. That's why we always recommend a comprehensive complimentary facial assessment. 

IPL Photorejuvenation

Photorejuvenation is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses intense pulsed light (IPL).

Most people know that pulsed light treatment is used for hair removal, but this minimally invasive procedure can also be used to treat a number of skin concerns, including:
- Pigmentation and ‘age spots’
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone
- Rosacea or skin redness
- Broken capillaries / thread veins on the face

What are the benefits of Photorejuventation?
Reduce hyperpigmentation and skin redness to create a more even complexion
- Make your skin appear more radiant and skin tone more even
- Stimulate the production of collagen and elastin
- Assist in the healing and reduction of acne breakouts
- Increase blood circulation to the treatment area and reduce any inflammation

How long until I see the results of a treatment?

We often recommend that photorejuvenation treatments be performed in a series of 3 treatments, scheduled 4 weeks apart, however, photorejuvenation will provide visible improvements even after just one treatment. You may notice results 10-14 days post treatment.

This client has had photorejuvenation on her hands to help with the appearance of those brown marks known as ‘age spots’. 

After treatment you can expect to look as though the area has been splattered with milo – in fact, this is known as the ‘milo-ing effect’.

The darkened pigment will eventually rise to the skin surface and flake off to reveal much healthier looking skin!

Watch this space for final results!

Cosmelan® Peel

Cosmelan® is the World’s number one skin lightening treatment for good reason - it differs from other skin lightening treatments or chemical peels because the ingredients are designed to treat the specific symptoms of Melasma.

A common skin pigmentation condition that can occur in both men and women, Melasma will often appear in dark patches, often with distinct edges on the cheekbones, forehead, nose and upper lip but can also develop in other areas of the face.

There are a number of factors that can trigger Melasma and it has long been one of the toughest skin conditions to treat because discoloration lies so deep within the skin's layers so is hard for medications to target.

COSMELAN® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Are there any side effects?
A. Post-treatment you can expect to experience some peeling and redness and your skin will have a prolonged sensitivity to the sun. Most peeling will occur in the first week after treatment but dryness, tightness and slight soreness may continue for up to 4 weeks. 

Q: How many treatments would I need?
A. A single in-clinic treatment followed two check-up appointments to review progress and results. You should expect to use a Cosmelan 2 maintenance cream for 7 months after the initial peel treatment to ensure the Melasma doesn’t return. The initial package cost includes your initial treatment, two check-up appointments and the 7 month supply of maintenance products.

Q. What results can I expect to see?
A. You should start to see substantial improvement after just two weeks. Blemishes, pigmented patches will start to diminish and skin will start to look brighter. More significant results can be seen at the end of the second week post treatment and in 99% of cases involving blemishes or abnormal hyperpigmentation of epidermal origin, the blemish elimination process achieved a 95% efficacy rate.

PRICING

Each course of treatment can vary greatly for every person and so too will the cost, but to give some indication for various options, you can expect:

  • Topical treatments to start at $195; and
  • Micro needling packages (which include product) will generally range from $290 to $1050.

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