Pigmentation can appear on the skin for several reasons including increased exposure to sunlight, genetics, medical conditions, pregnancy, skin trauma, and hormonal changes.
As we age, the appearance of pigmentation can become more and more evident causing many to look for a way to improve it.
The root cause of pigmentation is a substance called melanin that is naturally present in our bodies and is responsible for the color of our skin, hair, and eyes. Those with dark complexions will naturally have more melanin compared to those with lighter complexions. Disruption of melanin production causes skin pigmentation.
This occurs when there is an increase in melanin production and the most common cause is increased exposure to sunlight as this would also darken any previous areas of hyperpigmentation.
This is a type of hyperpigmentation and it is more common in women, especially during pregnancy although it can affect anyone. You may notice that melasma is more in the summer months, as it improves during the winter months, and appears as a light to dark brown spots mainly on the face.
This occurs when there is a decrease in melanin in the skin and it results in pale white spots on the skin. Conditions that cause hypopigmentation include vitiligo and albinism, for which, unfortunately, there is no cure. If the hypopigmentation is caused by a trauma to your skin such as a burn, there is a chance that your body will be able to regenerate the pigment in the area again over time.
The best way to prevent pigmentation from appearing is to wear sunscreen every day, especially on your face. People of all ages and skin types can be affected by pigmentation.
Novomed has a leading group of non-invasive or minimally invasive cosmetic clinics and has some of the most experienced professionals in this field who can advise on the best treatment for pigmentation. We treat thousands of patients every year and take pride in our knowledge and experience. All our clinics provide high-quality services in a comfortable, safe, and clean environment.
Our treatments for pigmentation
We have a wide range of chemical peel solutions available that are specifically designed to treat pigmentation. Chemical peels involve applying an exfoliating solution to your skin which encourages a natural exfoliation. Chemical peels work by putting your skin through a peeling process in which dead skin cells are removed, which reduces the appearance of pigmentation.
IPL is an intense pulsed light treatment and is commonly used to reduce hair growth and target skin pigmentation. A short burst of light is aimed at the areas of skin pigmentation, there is a minimal amount of discomfort, but it is a relatively quick treatment, and most patients find it tolerable. This short burst of light breaks up pigmentation and with a course of treatment along with regular annual treatments, it is a great way to reduce pigmentation marks.
One of the most innovative ways to get rid of areas of discoloration and pigmentation is fractional laser skin resurfacing. Fractional laser can be used to treat, with limited downtime, epidermal pigmentation, and melasma, as well as textural abnormalities that include acne-related and surgical scars. Our fractional laser treatment can be tailored to suit the needs of your skin and achieve the best possible result.