Age Spots & Pigmentation
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Skin pigmentation is also commonly referred to as hyper pigmentation, freckles, sun spots, age spots, liver spots, lentigines, melasma, chloasma, hormonal pigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
There are a range of different types of pigmentation which vary in appearance, what depth in the skin they lie, and how responsive they are to treatment.
Traditionally treatments have revolved around fading creams, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), chemical peels and cauterising (diathermy). When successful, they commonly leave behind a white patch which may be more obvious than the original problem.
State of the art light and laser treatments
Newer treatments such as high intensity light from lasers and IPL’s are much more successful. The light is able to specifically target the pigment and destroy it. In careful hands, this is done gently, so that not all pigment in the area is affected, and the background colour is preserved.
What treatments do we offer?
Revlite Nd:YAG laser
The Revlite Nd:YAG is a premium laser that is used to effectively target both superficial and deep pigmented lesions in the skin.
Revlite laser is great for:
- Surface skin pigmentation including freckles, lentigines (sun spots or age spots)
- Deeper pigmentation including treatment of melasma (hormonal pigmentation), post-inflammatory pigmentation, iron staining (eg, from iron infusions), and unusual pigmentation such as minomycin staining.
It also treats birthmarks and tattoos.
This procedure offers minimal discomfort and no – downtime skin rejuvenation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Rejuvenation
For superficial pigmentation, such as freckles and sun spots, medical-strength IPL (otherwise known as Intense Pulse Light) gives great results.
IPL Rejuvenation is a light based technology suitable for sun damaged skin, fading dark spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and diffusing redness caused by broken capillaries or Rosacea.
IPL is perfect for those patients who are ready to reverse years of sun damage, but are not yet in need of a more invasive procedure. Although results will be seen after one treatment, IPL treatments are commonly done in a series of 3-4 treatments, a treatment 3 to 4 weeks apart.
Fraxel Laser Treatment
The penetrating wavelengths of Fraxel Laser Treatment resurface damaged skin, smooth scars, reduce fine wrinkles and correct pigmented lesions as the skin gradually becomes softer, smoother and fresher.
Fraxel laser goes deeper into the skin than IPL so is great for all forms of pigmentation, including :
- Pigmentation on tanned or darker skin colours
- Hormonal pigmentation (melasma or chloasma)
- Sun Spots & Freckles
Around 3 – 4 days after a Fraxel treatment, the top layer of your skin sheds leaving your skin looking and feeling smooth, fresh and clear.
Fraxel dramatically improves the tone and texture of your skin with a single treatment producing excellent results.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way of answering this question is by saying “what works best for one person isn’t necessarily what works best for the next.” It is important to have a variety of options available when treating pigmentation problems.
The Gold Standard treatment option for pigment spots is the Q-switched YAG laser. Laser Skin Care has the latest generation Revlite (Q-switched YAG) laser, providing a range of treatment options for both deep and superficial pigment disorders.
In addition we have the powerful doctors-only Ellipse+ IPL system.
Finally, the Fraxel Restore 1927 erbium laser provides a final option for stubborn pigment conditions.
Another point worth being aware of is that IPL systems come in different “strengths”. That means, they vary in how high the energies can be set to. Many of the IPLs in the non medical marketplace are not capable of reaching energies necessary to treat certain conditions adequately. However, they are certainly capable of causing scars and burns in untrained hands.
Treatment is surprisingly quick, with even large numbers of brown spots able to be treated in less than 20 minutes. No preparation is required, but it is important not to have fake tan on. Makeup and sunblock should be removed prior to treatment.
Immediately afterwards the area reddens and may burn like sunburn, but this is short-lived. Some swelling of the spots will be seen. If large areas or many spots are being treated, significant swelling can occur after treatment, especially under the eyes. Downtime from work is variable. A few spots will usually not entail downtime. By day two, the pigment starts to darken, and over the next few days crusts over and then literally washes off. This will take 5 – 7 days on the face and 10 – 14 days on the body. Use of a broad-spectrum SPF50 sunscreen is essential to minimise the risk of repigmentation or even hyperpigmentation.
The most common side effect after swelling is post-treatment pigmentation (post-inflammatory pigmentation) in Asian or darker skin types. In these cases, Fraxel laser provides a good alternative treatment. Recurrence or failure to respond are occasionally seen. Scarring is very uncommon.
Some types of pigmentation will respond better than others. Lentigines and freckles (superficial brown marks caused by age and/or sun) may only need a single treatment.
Other types may require multiple treatments, particularly deeper pigment spots such as seborrhoeic keratoses, café au lait spots, naevus of Ota and post-inflammatory pigmentation. Some (for example, hormonal pigmentation) can be quite resistant.