Laser Pigmentation Removal

Pigmentation Causes and Treatment

Skin pigmentation (or hyperpigmentation as it is often known) is a common skin complaint. Age spots or sunspots are dark patches of skin that appear on the face, hands, and other parts of the body regularly exposed to the sun. Cells in your skin make melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. This can lead to pigmentation disorders which affect patches of skin. Laser treatments can be used for pigmentation removal.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes their colour. A number of factors can trigger an increase in melanin production, but the main ones are sun exposure, hormonal influences, age and skin injuries or inflammation.
As skin ages, the number of melanin-producing cells decreases but the surviving cells increase in size and their effect becomes more focused. These changes explain the increase in age spots in those over 40.
Hyperpigmentation can also be a side effect of certain hormone treatments.
Laser pigmentation removal works by penetrating the skin to reach the melanin cells and break them up. This means that melanin’s effect is spread more evenly over the skin surface. After laser pigmentation removal your dark spots will get darker at first and then gradually fade to the result you want.

Depending on severity hyperpigmentation can also be treated with LED light using the green or yellow light spectrum.
Another pigmentation treatment is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) this treatment uses broad-spectrum visible light to treat sun spots and sun damaged skin.
The type of laser used will be discussed at consultation with your therapist.

How long the results last is dependent on how you take care of your skin post-treatment. You should always wear sunscreen to prevent sun damage.

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If you’re considering Laser Pigmentation Removal it’s important to be aware of the key facts involved with this procedure

  • Procedure Time: 30mins to 1hr
  • After Effects: Skin may be red on the treated area

While it can be a very exciting time prior to treatment it can also make for an anxious time too, and this is perfectly normal. At La Belle Forme, our specialists take great care to carefully answer each and every question patients may have. Your surgeon, nurse, or therapist will also explain what the laser treatment procedure will involve, recovery times, and how we will achieve the desired result.

We offer patients consultations from our Glasgow clinic.


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