Skin Pigmentation Treatment
Specialist skin pigmentation clinic (Perth)
AKA Hyper pigmentation, freckles, sun spots, age spots, liver spots, melasma, chloasma, hormonal pigmentation, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Great For All forms of pigmentation
Areas Treated Face, neck, chest (décolletage), shoulders, back, arms, forearms, hands, legs
Down Time 0 - 10 days, depending on the treatment
Results Duration Results are long lasting, and can be permanent. Sunscreen and sun avoidance are essential. Hormonal pigmentation can often recur.
What is skin pigmentation?
Pigmentation can refer to sun spots and freckles, as well as the more difficult to treat hormonal pigmentation (melasma) and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The best treatment for pigmentation depends on the type of pigmentation, the background colour of the skin and, of course, the budget and recovery time available. There are a range of pigmentation treatments available, from lasers and IPL to prescription skin care. To find out what is the best treatment for you, come in for a free consultation with one of our Registered Nurses.
As a guide, here's a quick overview.
For superficial pigmentation, such as freckles and sun spots, medical-strength IPL gives great results. IPL Rejuvenation is great for:
- Superficial pigmentation on light skin
- Where there is redness and broken capillaries as well as pigmentation (IPL will treat both)
- Very affordable treatment for the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
You can expect a significant improvement after one treatment, but for best results we recommend three treatments done six weeks apart. The cooler months are a great time to get this done as it's important to reduce sun exposure after the treatment (it's best if you can before the treatment too). Read more about IPL Rejuvenation.
IPL Rejuvenation is not recommended for hormonal pigmentation, or for darker or tanned skins. In these cases, we would recommend Fraxel or Revlite Laser.
The Fraxel Dual 1927 laser is a revolutionary treatment for pigmentation, whilst also dramatically improving the tone and texture of your skin. Fraxel is great for:
- Pigmentation on tanned or darker skin colours
- Hormonal pigmentation (melasma or chloasma)
- A more intensive rejuvenation
Fraxel goes deeper into the skin than IPL so is great for all forms of pigmentation, including sun spots, freckles and hormonal pigmentation. 3 - 4 days after a Fraxel, the top layer of your skin sheds leaving your skin looking and feeling smooth, fresh and clear. Fraxel Laser is safe on all skin types, and great results are usually seen after a single treatment. Read more about Fraxel Laser treatments.
Fraxel is not suitable for spot treatment, as the skin may appear uneven where the texture of the treated area has been improved. For this our Doctors recommend recommend Revlite Laser.
- Resistant pigmentation, such as very light freckles or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Individual pigmented spot treatment
The Erbium laser is our strongest laser and can be used to treat individual spots or to do a laser resurfacing on a larger area. Erbium Laser is great for:
- Raised pigmented spots, such as seborrhoeic keratoses or skin tags
- Intense rejuvenation - reducing lines and winkles as well as pigmentation
- Treating acne scarring and pigmentation.
- Sunscreen When it comes to treating pigmentation, prevention is better than a cure, and a good SPF 30+ worn every day is the best form of protection. For those out in the sun a lot, or with an underlying pigmentation concern, we recommend Actinica SPF 50+, which is an all-day sunscreen. For those who like a sunscreen with a lighter feel, but still want the confidence of an SPF 50+, Aspect Envirostat is a popular choice.
- Pigment Fading Creams such as Complete Pigment Serum and Lytera can both be effective at gently fading pigmentation when IPL or laser is not an option. Where a stronger approach is required, our Doctors may prescribe a Pigment Fading Gel, which is very effective but not suitable for long term use.