What is Freckles Pigmentation
Pigmentation is a common skin concern, particularly after a certain age. Also known as sun or age spots, pigmentation refers to the dark patches that can show up on your face and hands. It occurs when there is a spike in melanin, which are the cells responsible for giving your skin its colour.
This process is triggered by external factors though, including:
- Exposure to UV rays without skin protection.
- An increase in oestrogen or progesterone.
- Acne, cuts, burns and psoriasis.
- Certain medications.
- Medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases and metabolic disorders.
Some cases of pigmentation are mild, while in other cases, it can affect your self-confidence. At Skin Confidence Clinic, we offer a selection of proven treatments that can help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
Types of Pigmentation
There are a few different types of pigmentation.
- Age or Sun Spots. This type of pigmentation is caused by sun exposure and usually occurs on the face, neck and hands. Continuing to expose the pigmentation to the sun can make it darker.
- Freckles. Usually the result of genetics, sun exposure or both, freckles occur when melanin pigment production increases.
- Melasma. This type of pigmentation is the result of hormonal fluctuations. It’s for this reason that it’s more common amongst pregnant and menopausal women.
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. A flat area of discolouration can occur when the skin is injured.
Pigmentation Treatment Options
During your consultation at Skin Confidence Clinic, we will assist you with a personalised treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. We will include treatments that will address pigmentation and help you better care for your skin at home.
It’s also essential that you protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, particularly in the Australian climate. A high-quality sunscreen with a high SPF should be used on a daily basis for maximum protection.
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At Skin Confidence we offer a selection
of proven treatments that can help
reduce the appearance of pigmentation
Here are the treatments that we offer to those struggling with pigmentation:
Fotona SP Dynamis Pro
Fotona treatments use a combination of Nd:YAG and Er:YAG wavelengths to treat freckles and pigmentation from the inside out. Once your skin has been prepped with a topical anaesthetic cream, the laser will be passed over the skin to destroy damaged, pigmented skin cells. This works to activate the skin’s natural healing response, with enhanced collagen production replacing the pigmented skin with clearer, healthier skin.
Fotona laser treatments are highly customisable and take around one hour to complete. With no downtime, you are free to resume all regular activities immediately afterwards. For best results, we usually suggest around four treatments.
Chemical peels work in a similar way to microdermabrasion and it is considered as one of the best treatment options for freckles. Once the peel is applied, it gently removes the damaged skin cells. Patients will feel a warm, tingling sensation as the peel gradually takes effect. The entire treatment doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes.
Once the damaged and pigmented cells have been removed, you will be left with a fresh layer of skin. Chemical peels are available in different strengths. We will ensure you’re always using the right peel for your specific concerns.
Following your peel, it’s important to follow our specific aftercare instructions, which includes a tailored at-home skincare regime.
Your skin will appear slightly red after your treatment but you are free to return to work after your appointment.
It’s essential that you protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, particularly in the Australian climate
The Picosure laser system uses ultra-short pulses to rejuvenate the skin at a cellular level and increase collagen levels.
On the day of treatment, the laser will be adjusted according to your specific concerns. You will also need protective eyewear during your treatment. The laser energy is absorbed by the damaged skin cells, which destroys them. The body then naturally eliminates the damaged cells, leaving you with clearer, brighter skin.
The average Picosure session lasts about 20 minutes but more than one treatment will be required to achieve the best outcome. Treatments are spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart to give the skin time to heal.
LaseMD uses non-ablative laser technology to create micro-channels within the skin for rejuvenation and resurfacing purposes.
Once a topical numbing agent is applied, the LaseMD device will be set up according to your needs. Level I is generally used to treat pigmentation by lightly exfoliating the skin. Patients can expect a warm, tingling sensation as the device moves over the skin.
Several treatments will be necessary to get rid of pigmentation – three treatments are usually the norm. Each treatment takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes to complete and it is possible to return to work afterwards.
There will be some redness after your LaseMD session but this can be covered up with makeup.