Benign pigmented lesions are coloured spots or patches on the skin caused by increased production of melanin, the dark pigment in the skin.
The number one cause of increase in pigmentation is sun damage and a lot of this occurs in your childhood years presenting itself in the form of pigmentation and lines from the age of mid-thirties on.
We use a combination of Active skin care, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) & Laser treatments, and LED light therapy. These can be used in tandem, or if you have a specific spot, we can often reduce its visibility quickly with the use of a laser.
Treatment for pigmentation may consist of a combination of IPL, Laser Treatments, and LED Light Therapy, as well as a prescription of daily active skin care.
IPL treatment involves the use of intense pulses of light to lighten benign pigmented lesions without incisions and with minimal side effects.
Using Laser treatments with the Cutera enlighten™ Pico Nano Triple wavelength laser allows us to reduce and in some cases remove the pigmentation with minimal to no downtime.
Using enlighten’s™ ultra-fast energy packages of laser light which selectively target and shatter the pigment particles leaving only a slight frosting on the surface of the pigmentation. The frosting will form into a very light scab which will gradually disappear over the next few days. The skin may be a little pink underneath but slowly return to normal over the next couple of weeks.
At four weeks we will review your outcome and compare your pictures. By this stage you should see some amazing results. Depending on your results and desired outcome a second or third treatment may be needed but often only one or two sessions are required.
We have the ability to work on individual pigment spots or completely rejuvenate the whole face using these ultra-short wavelengths of light.
Most people can be treated for pigmentation. A consultation and test patch will be necessary prior to treatment.
Treatment involves a pulse of intense light, similar to the flash of a camera. You may feel a slight pinch or snap of a rubber band. No local anaesthesia or pain medication is normally required.
You will be given protective glasses to wear as it is a very bright light.
A layer of gel will be applied to the treatment site.
A small crystal is placed on top of the gel and intense pulsed light is generated which is absorbed by the melanin or colour of the pigment.
Immediately, there will be a darkening of pigmentation which will gradually fade over the next two to three weeks leaving a lighter coloured lesion or total removal of the pigmented lesion in the skin.
You may experience some short-term side effects. This may include slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which goes away within a few hours. The area may sting a little like sunburn for one to two hours but usually settles quickly. The pigment will darken in varying degrees from mild increase in colour to quite dark. In rare instances there may be some blistering and/or bruising.
Freckles, age spots, and sunspots often lighten enough after one to three treatments. Sun protection will ensure the longest possible result. Re-treatment may be needed every couple of years.
You can return to work the same day and resume most regular activities. We will suggest you limit sun exposure to the treated area.
You must use SPF50+ sunscreen and protect the treated area from sunlight.
Make-up may be worn after treatment however if inflammation or irritation is present discontinue use until the area returns to normal. If scabs appear after blistering, they should be kept soft with a lubricating cream or moisturiser. Normal face creams may be applied after 24 hours.
All treatments are performed by our medical team who are fully trained and experienced in IPL and laser treatments. You will need to return to the clinic four weeks after treatment for a review.
Costs will vary with the areas being treated. They can range from $55.00 – $550.00 for full face.