Skin pigmentation refers to the colouration of skin. Your skin colour is determined by the levels of melanin in your skin cells. If the cells are healthy, your skin will appear normal. If, however, skin cells become unhealthy or damaged your skin may turn lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation), both of which are recognised skin disorders.
Hormonal changes and excessive exposure to sunlight can also cause skin pigmentation issues, resulting in dark patches or spots on the skin.
Skin pigmentation problems can occur anywhere on the body, but when present on visible areas such as the face, they can be a source of embarrassment.
At Kingston Laser & Aesthetics, we use the award winning Syneron Candela Gentle MAX Pro Laser and its Alexandrite option, for the treatment of hyper pigmentation. The treatment works best when there is a high contrast between the natural skin colour and pigmentation, ie the darker the pigment and the lighter the natural skin colour, the more effective the treatment.
Please note that Laser Pigmentation treatment is only suitable for lighter skin types.
At Kingston Laser & Aesthetics we only treat age spots, sun spots and freckles with Laser therapy and treatment works best when there is a high contrast situation i.e. strong brown pigmentation on a pale skin complexion. Laser Pigmentation treatments are also only suitable for lighter skin tones. Your therapist will discuss this with you at your consultation.
Kingston Laser & Aesthetics uses the most advanced laser technology - our machines cost considerably more than cheaper IPL lasers and are used in hospitals and clinics worldwide. Laser energy is delivered through a small hand piece operated by your practitioner. The laser delivers an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the melanin in the pigmented lesion and converted to heat, while the surrounding tissue remains unaffected. This laser energy causes the pigment to fragment microscopically. Some of the pigment comes off with the crust that forms after laser treatment; the body absorbs some of the pigment as it heals, and a small amount of pigment stays invisible in the tissue.
Some clients describe the sensation as having snapped an elastic band against their skin.
Immediately following the laser treatment, the treated area may appear darker or even turn black and have edema (swelling) and redness around it. The redness or erythema may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area will feel like mild sunburn for a few hours after treatment. The darkened pigment will form a crust which may be itchy - scratching and picking must be avoided to prevent secondary infection. After 1-2 weeks the crust will come away though the area below may still appear red or pink for several weeks.
Treatment efficacy varies but 1-3 treatments at 6 week intervals is recommended.
Avoid sun exposure before and after treatment. Wait for tanned skin to fade before beginning any treatment If required, shave the day before to minimise discomfort.
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