SKIN & PIGMENTATION

Skin 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 skin pigmentation, freckles 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 (Liver or Sun Spots): These are pigmented spots with a clearly defined edge, may occur occur anywhere on the body and vary in colour. 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 annually, as there is a chance they may develop into skin cancer and melanoma.

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 skin pigmentation that is deeper in the skin’s dermis. It appears on the face as larger brown patches with a non-distinct border. Though causes are unknown, it is often stimulated by hormonal increases and 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

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!

MeLine Peel

The first and only range of specialised treatments for every different kind of skin pigmentation, whether melanic or melano-hematic, based on phototype, pigmentation type, or body region. Our treatments are easy to apply, providing fast and effective results, proven through “in vitro” and “in vivo” clinical trials! 

This peel includes 3 in-clinic treatments and take home treatment products.

For more information, download our treatment information sheet.

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. The amount of treatments required vary depending on which pigmentation treatment you get; however our experienced team will advise you of this at your consultation.  

Q. What results can I expect to see?
A. You should start to see substantial improvement after just two weeks; blemishes and 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.

PRICING

Depending on area and the number of sessions required to achieve the best results, Pigmentation treatments start from: 

IPL Photorejuvenation$120 - $750
MeLine Peel$1400


Please remember this is guide pricing only. The best way to find out how much your treatment will cost is to book a free facial assessment so you will know what the exact cost will be before we start treatment.

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