Wrinkles are not the only indicators of skin ageing. Pigmentation, which is variation in skin colour, is also a result of the wear and tear over the years, though there are many other reasons for pigmentation appearing on our skin.
The most frequently treated pigmentation conditions are freckles, age or liver spots, melasma and vitiligo. The cause of skin pigmentation varies and the skin pigmentation treatment depends on the nature of the pigmentation. At ENRICH Clinic in Melbourne, we have an extensive range of options to suit the many differing varieties of skin pigmentation and patient lifestyle requirements.
Face pigmentation treatment may require laser pigmentation removal, which is an effective treatment for facial skin pigmentation. Facial skin pigmentation may come in the form of freckles, sun spots or other darker patches. Facial skin pigmentation treatments vary depending on your skin type and sensitivity, since each skin type has its own variations that make face pigmentation treatments more or less effective.
Facial pigmentation treatments at our Melbourne clinic will be carried out by our specialist pigmentation practitioners using one of our state-of-the-art lasers or light/energy-based machines. Laser pigmentation removal is very effective, with facial skin pigmentation treatments comfortable, safe, and useful on many skin types.
: Skin pigmentation – Treatment Information Sheet– Melbourne clinic
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The Diode is an LED therapy that offers gentle rejuvenation without skin injury, which means no downtime. LED light therapy can be used as a treatment on its own for skin pigmentation, or with chemical peels. Sometimes we use this after laser treatment to aid in recovery.
The Diode skin pigmentation treatments are straightforward, and involve the face being cleaned thoroughly, then with your eyes covered, the light is turned on for a specific therapeutic period.
The RevLite laser is a Q-switch ND:YAG laser that works on multiple wavelengths, and can treat many skin conditions effectively. RevLite uses a high-speed shutter to emit a pulse.
Vitiligo treatments aim to even out skin tone to make non-pigmented skin less obvious.
Melasma can be difficult to treat, requiring dermatological care over a long period of time. Treatments sometimes worsen the pigmentation, so utmost care must be taken when treating melasma. We use multiple strategies to treat melasma, working with you for best results.
Lentigines may be flat or slightly raised spots on the skin that looks pretty much like a freckle or sunspot. They don’t fade during winter.
Lentigines are different to freckles in a fundamental way – a freckle has an increase in melanin, whereas a lentigines has an increase in the number of melanin-producing cells, melanocytes.
Fair-skinned adults are more likely to have sun-induced lentigo, though some lentigo can be present at birth. Anyone using indoor tanning, sun baking, or getting sunburnt is a likely candidate for development of lentigos. Sun stimulates the development of melanocytes, as well as the secretion of melanin into the skin from melanocytes. There are a few different forms of lentigines, so speak to your dermatologist about yours.
There are several types of birthmark, with some being pigmentation and others being vascular in nature. This means our treatment strategies will vary considerably depending on the nature of the birthmark.
Café au lait spots are areas of more intense skin pigmentation – a light or dark brown, similar to coffee with milk, which is what café au lait means in French. Café au lait spots tend to appear with a genetic disorder (neurofibromatosis, NF1), and can appear in babies or children. Ninety-five per cent of café au lait spots are caused by NF1, but there are some other reasons for these spots to appear.
A lentigines is a small brown spot on the skin, similar (so they thought when they named it) to lentils. Lentigines are not associated with any other skin condition. A café au lait spot may actually be a lentigines.
A hemangioma is where tiny blood vessels collect together and come up above the skin. These marks can disappear on their own as the child grows.
A light, red, flat birthmark is a type of vascular birthmark caused by developing blood vessels. Some appear on the forehead and eyelids (and disappear in childhood), while ‘stork bites’ appear on the back of the neck and may continue to be visible well into adulthood.
A port-wine stain is actually vascular in nature, a flat, coloured mark (red, pink, purple) on the head, abdomen or limbs. Port-wine stains can appear almost anywhere, however, and can be treated everywhere, though complete success is not always possible. Laser treatment is our preferred removal method, since we can destroy the blood vessel tangles and spare unstained skin.
We use a range of treatments to treat any kind of birthmark.
Sometimes we can’t solve skin problems right away and you may want to invest in some disguising methods. Sometimes scarring will be with us for life, and while we can reduce its appearance, it can’t always be made to disappear.
You can use colour correction, theatrical make-up, or second skins to cover up your pigmentation issues.
Every colour has its opposite colour on the colour wheel, which cancels it out to the human eye. The same principle applies to the paintbrush as the face using make-up, so if you have any skills or interest in this department, you are well set-up to do colour corrections on yourself.
Skin comes in so many hues. You may have an orange, pink, red, or deep versions of any of those.
Darker pigments will allow more grey under the concealer, so the lighter the pigment, the easier to correct. Your skin tone will make the difference in which colour you choose. Whatever the colour, find it on the colour wheel and figure out which colour will correct it.
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*Results may vary from person to person
Age and liver spots are larger brown splotches which are less likely to respond well to topical removal, instead are better treated with liquid nitrogen or lasers.
We use various lasers to remove skin pigmentation caused by age and liver spots, with a few favourites: the RevLite, Ruby, Fractional Ruby, Excel, Alexandrite or Apogee usually indicated.
A pigmented birthmark tends to be flat and smooth, and can be white, tan, or even blue. There are Mongolian spots or café au lait spots, for example. Mongolian spots are blue, looking like a bruise, appearing on the lower back or buttocks, whereas café au lait spots are light brown. Another pigmentation birthmark is a mole (nevi).