Freckle & Pigmentation

Symptoms Treated

Freckle & Pigmentation

Pigmentation is a common occurrence and while some people are born with a form of skin pigmentation such as freckles, others develop irregular or abnormal pigmentation later on in life.

There are a number of reasons why you may begin to see darker spots on your face and body but UV rays are one of the leading causes of skin pigmentation in both men and women. Skin that is damaged by the sun tends to develop hyperpigmentation or melanin pigmentation over time, with some spots only appearing a decade or two later. Pigmentation that has been caused by the sun is also referred to as sun or age spots.

Hormonal changes are another common cause of skin pigmentation. Women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills are more susceptible to a type of skin pigmentation called Melasma. Melasma is also common after menopause, which is when women tend to develop more age spots, particularly on their hands.

Pigmentation can also be genetic. Certain people, particularly those with fair skin, are born with freckles and usually have mole-prone skin too. This type of skin is very susceptible to sunburn, which is why UV protection is even more important.

Finally, injury and certain medications can lead to post-inflammatory pigmentation, which is when the skin is chronically inflamed and produces dark marks during the healing process. Certain medications and antibiotics can also cause inflammation so be sure to discuss this with your doctor if you are prone to pigmentation.

Laser treatments are a highly effective way to break down pigmentation and reduce the appearance of freckles, sun and age spots.

Clear + Brilliant, Cendela GentleLASE and the Cutera Limilight laser are some of the treatments that can be used to treat skin pigmentation on the face and body. Laser treatment can also be paired with chemical peels for the most effective results.

The lasers used at Clinica Lase are all medical-grade, which makes them safe and highly effective.

What to Expect

Prior to your treatment, your clinician will discuss your medical history and past treatments with you. Your skin will also be analysed before proceeding with the treatment.

During your treatment, the beams of light from the laser will gently break down the pigmented cells, which your body will then dispose of naturally. The laser will also lightly exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen production to reveal a smoother surface and brighter complexion.

Patients may experience some mild discomfort but a topical numbing cream can be used beforehand to alleviate this. A serum will be applied to the face after the treatment to accelerate healing and enhance results. The average laser pigmentation treatment lasts about 30 minutes and most patients will require more than one session before the desired result is achieved.

Your clinician will tell you how best to care for your skin after your treatment and what products you can use to prevent pigmentation and skin damage in the future.

Pre-Treatment

Prior to your pigmentation treatment, it’s important to avoid any UV exposure for at least two weeks. This includes the use of fake tanning solutions and solariums. You must notify your clinician if you have had any exposure to avoid risks of complications.

Exfoliation products should also be avoided for at least one week before your treatment, particularly products that contain vitamin A, lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid.

Since the treated area needs to be clean before treatment, no makeup, creams or serums should be applied on the day of your appointment. We understand that there may be times that this is unavoidable so please let your clinician know and they will remove the product for you.

Medications can also affect your results so it’s important to advise your clinician of any medications that you’re taking to avoid complications.

Recovery

After your treatment at Clinica Lase, you can expect some mild redness and swelling that is similar to sunburn, but this will only last for several hours. Your skin may also feel slightly tight and itchy the day after your treatment but this is completely normal and a part of the healing process. Most patients can resume their usual routine the very next day, including the application of makeup.

Peace of Mind

At Clinica Lase we use state of the art medical grade laser machines for non-hormonal pigmentation removal and all our clinicians hold government approved laser safety qualifications. We pride ourselves on both our knowledge and experience but also on our thorough consultations that ensure we have all the necessary information to minimise the risk of complications. With a new client we will often start by administering a small test patch so that we can assess the skins reaction and the patient’s comfort levels before proceeding to full treatment. At Clinica Lase, you can be sure that your safety is our first priority.