What Causes Skin Pigmentation?
Dark spots on the skin can be caused by various factors, ranging from hormones to sun damage, skin trauma, and birthmarks. For example, freckles, age spots, liver spots, and melasma are caused by sun damage. In contrast, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (P.I.H.) occurs as a result of skin trauma.
Laser Pigmentation Removal
The treatment of skin pigmentation is dependent on the cause (diagnosis) of the pigmentation and, to a lesser extent, the location on the body where the pigmentation occurs. The majority of excess skin pigment in Brisbane is caused by sun damage, either direct or indirect. Melasma is a skin condition caused by a combination of hormones and ultraviolet light exposure. Laser pigmentation removal is effective in the treatment of sun damage. Melasma and post-inflammatory conditions, on the other hand, necessitate the use of pigmentation creams in addition to Picosecond lasers.
Face Pigmentation Treatment for Sun Damage
A tan does not necessarily imply healthy skin. On the contrary, dark skin discolouration from sun exposure is a sign of skin ageing. This is most easily recognised as age spots, liver spots, or freckles, which are permanent changes to the appearance of the skin’s surface.
- Those with skin types 1 to 4 can benefit from laser pigmentation removal.
- Skin pigmentation treatment and laser and I.P.L. or BBL treatment are sometimes lumped together under the same umbrella as laser pigmentation removal.
- When it comes to skin discolouration with red and brown hues, I.P.L. or a photo facial can be used to treat a wide range of skin conditions.
- Laser pigmentation removal can be accomplished with specific pigment lasers that remove brown marks on the skin’s surface or with a deeper laser, such as pico lasers.
- CO2 laser resurfacing is a better treatment option if sun damage has been extensive and skin discolouration has been combined with fine lines and wrinkles.
- Picosecond lasers, which are the most recent generation of pigmentation lasers, are a good option in this case as well. The Picosure was the first of these devices to be introduced, and it was designed for laser tattoo removal and pigmentation removal on all skin types.
Laser Pigmentation Removal Alternatives
Aside from laser pigmentation removal, medical-grade peels and skin lightening creams can be used alone or in conjunction with laser pigmentation removal. All of these treatments will help with textural issues to varying degrees.
Other Factors Contributing to Skin Pigmentation
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma are two other significant causes of skin colour changes. Melasma is caused by a combination of hormones and exposure to sunlight. It can happen to women when they start taking the pill when they become pregnant, and it can happen to men as well, though it is rarer. Melasma treatment focuses on hydroquinone cream and peels. Laser treatments, on the other hand, can be considered for resistant melasma.
Hyperpigmentation after an inflammatory response
People with darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick 4, 5, 6) or specific ethnic backgrounds, such as Asians, are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is an inflammatory response to trauma. Physical, chemical, solar (excessive sun), light and laser treatment burns, or infections (such as acne) can result in injury. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is characterised by an increase in pigment with brown to purplish-red hues.
Treatment for Post-Inflammatory Pigmentation
A significant amount of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will resolve on its own. Because resolution can take several months, many people will use prescription treatments, such as hydroquinone cream. The most important thing is to keep the inflammation at bay while it heals. Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. This type of pigment should not be treated with laser pigmentation, or I.P.L. Inflammatory skincare ingredients should be avoided.
Face Pigmentation Treatment for Melasma
Melasma is another type of facial pigmentation that commonly affects women. Melasma treatment includes prescription skincare and peels combinations. Melasma can also be treated with a fractional laser. Rebound face pigmentation, on the other hand, is possible with all laser treatments. So all face pigmentation treatment must be undertaken with care.
Face Pigmentation Treatment
Sun damage or solar lentigines, or freckles, are the most common causes of facial pigmentation in Brisbane. Lasers, I.P.L. treatment, and chemical peels are used to treat sun-induced facial pigmentation. Benign facial pigmentation must be distinguished from cancer, and our Doctors will assist if this is the case. There is a fee for visiting the doctor for medical skin checks. The procedure for removing freckles is essentially the same.
Free Assessment For Skin and Face Pigmentation Treatment
We offer an obligation-free consultation with our therapists for you to discuss which treatments will help with your pigmentation removal. If you require skin lightening creams or a doctor’s examination to exclude cancerous lesions or for diagnosis, there will be a charge for this. Call us on 07 33 505447 for a free consultation or book online.