Pigmentation problems? We can help.
The colour of your skin is predetermined when you are born by the amount of melanin (pigment) in the skin. However as you age certain factors can change the uniformity of your skin colour resulting in hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin colour of people of any race.
There are various forms of hyperpigmentation:
Age or "liver" spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation. They are generally flat, oval and brown and referred to by doctors as solar lentigines. They are caused from chronic UV exposure/sun damage and are therefore most frequently found on sun exposured areas like the hands and face.
Unfortunately they will continue to increase with age, so if you would rather not have the reminder that your skin has seen better days arrange for a complimentary consultation so we can discuss various treatment options such as Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or Obagi Nu-Derm.
Melasma presents as dark brown symmetrical patches which are usually found on the cheeks, temples and foreheads. Melasma is also typically caused by sun-exposure however it can also be bought on by pregnancy which can trigger the over production of melanin that causes the “mask of pregnancy” (cholasma). Women who take the contraceptive pill or who have hormone imbalances may also develop hyperpigmentation because their bodies undergo a similar kind of hormonal change that occurs during pregnancy.
Melasma is a very difficult condition to treat and in our experience very few technologies or treatments are effective - except for Obagi NU-DERM and Dermamelan which we offer with confidence due to the predictable results we are able to achieve with these treatments.
Freckles are an inherited characteristic and can appear anywhere on the body, but are most common on the face and arms. Whilst many may view freckles as ‘cute’ if you are not of similar mind we can help erase them with IPL treatment.
Changes in skin colour can result from outside causes. For example, skin diseases such as acne may leave dark spots after the condition clears. Other causes of dark spots are injuries to the skin, including some surgeries. Obagi Nu-Derm is excellent at treating this type of hyperpigmentation in a safe effective way.