What is Pigmentation?
Skin Pigmentation or uneven skin tone is a skin problem which affects many of us. Pigmentation can spoil the complexion, making the skin look darker and older. Pigmentation mostly affects face, but can also affect back and hands especially on excess sun exposure; this can occur in small patches or cover much larger areas of the body.
What are the different types of pigmentation?
Freckles, Birth Marks, Sun Damage, Age Spots, Dark Patches, Skin Hyper-pigmentation, Sun Spots and Melasma, sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy” which is marked by brown to gray-brown patches on the face that occur as a result of hormonal changes associated with pregnancy or run in family.
Why is pigmentation caused?
Pigmentation is caused by an excess production of melanin, it can be a result of hormones, sun damage, injuries, your skin type, medications or acne.
How to treat pigmentation?
Pigmentation is treated based on its cause. The first thing you need to do is consult a dermatologist to determine the cause of hyperpigmentation. The dermatologist will examine your skin, take a thorough medical history and suggest a treatment strategy based on the findings.
How is it treated?
Pigmentation treatment is often called as skin lightening treatment. At Science Of Skin Clinics we offer a variety of techniques to give the best solution to your skin. Our dermatologist will advise specific treatment for you individually after a through consultation, which may include topical medication, specialized skin peels and laser treatment.
How does the skin lightening peel work?
The procedure involves the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin to produce the careful removal of its outer layers which contain old dull skin cells and pigmentation. This allow the skin to reproduce new younger cells and collagen in a more organized pattern, and leave you with clear skin. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of this product and how long it is left on the skin.
At Science Of Skin Clinics, the dermatologist will advise you post your consultation which peel is suitable for your hyperpigmentation problem.
How does skin lightening laser treatment work?
The laser pigmentation technologies are non-invasive treatments that use wavelength light energy by targeting the melanin pigmentation in the skin that causes discoloration. Our laser treatment breaks down these particles, shattering and lifting the pigment. As a result, the spots reduce over time, leaving you with clear even skin.
Is there a downtime for the laser treatment?
The treatment offers an immediate return to routine activities. In fact, clients often schedule appointments during their lunch break and have no trouble return to work afterwards. Some clients experience an immediate reduction in the appearance of pigmentation however best results are seen over time, as hyperpigmentation gradually fades.
When can we start seeing the results of skin lightening treatment?
This really depends on your skin type and skin issues, the type of pigmentation and how deeply it is located in the skin. Significant improvement can be experienced after a single session, however we advice a course of the treatment. Laser pigmentation removal works by getting rid of pigment in the surface of the skin. The pigmentation is broken up by the laser and then gradually leaves the body over the next 4-6 weeks through the body’s lymphatic system. Results are noticeable within 4-6 weeks.
How many sessions of skin lightening treatment are required?
Our Dermatologist will help you determine how many sessions you require to achieve the results you desire.
Are there any side effects of skin lightening treatment?
Slight reddening may occur along with slight flaking as the pigmented skin is eliminated. Immediately post treatment you may experience slight redness, soreness or inflammation, which will subside in a couple of hours.
Is skin lightening treatment permanent?
Pigmentation removed post the treatment will not return. However, a variety of factors can trigger and stimulate new hyperpigmentation. These include changes in hormone levels, aging or UV exposure. Also laser pigmentation removal treatments do not prevent new hyperpigmentation from forming.
What post care to be followed after skin lightening treatment?
You should always protect your skin from the sun by avoiding the sun when it is at its fiercest during the day, always wear a high factor SPF of 30 or above and to cover up with hats and long clothing.
What is the cost of the skin lightening treatment?
Post consultation with the Dermatologist, based on assessment and diagnosis of your skin condition the cost can be decided. They will also advise on how many sessions are recommended in order to achieve the best result and provide an honest appraisal of what to expect. Accordingly treatment prices are quoted individually, based on the nature of your pigmentation problem, the size of area to be treated and the number of treatment sessions.