Pigmentation, Freckles & Melasma 

Laser Treatment for Melasma, Pigmentation, freckles and sun damaged skin 

Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre offers a variety of medical Lasers and Q Switched Laser technologies to achieve the best results.

Pigmentation occurs as a result of sun damage to the skin. In fact, as much as 80% of sun damage occurs in childhood, before the age of eighteen years. The damage does not become apparent until years later, firstly appearing in our twenties as fine lines and some freckling. However, by the time we are in our thirties or forties wrinkles and pigmentation  become more pronounced. This is most noticeable if we compare our facial skin with that of an area which has not been sun exposed i.e. buttock/breast skin.

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At Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre we offer Laser technologies which are suitable to treat the surface pigmentation and dermal pigmentation on light skin to darker skin individuals.

 

Why does our skin become uneven in colour?

The body tries to protect itself from UV radiation by producing  pigments called melanin. When melanin is produced evenly it is called a tan whereas uneven manifestations appear as freckles and age/sun spots which occur due to chronic – years of sun exposure or acute exposure - past sunburn. Most at risk of sun damage are lighter skins particularly of English/Celtic origin..

Hormonal hyperpigmentation known as Melasma is a chronic condition which often begins to appear during pregnancy, the contraceptive pill or photosensitive medication which make the skin more susceptible to sun damage and results in stubborn pigmentation blotches.

 

Laser treatment for uneven colour

Our clinic offers a wide range of Laser and medical grade IPL equipment to treat pigmentation over a series of treatments. By using medical Laser Technology and Intense Pulsed Light Technology we are able to effectively treat pigmentation.   The laser beam or Intense pulsed light absorbs into the pigment, destroying it. The treated pigment usually appears darker until the superficial pigments slough off over 5 – 7 days or until the deeper pigments fade as our immune cells remove the destroyed melanin over several weeks.

  • Freckles, sun spots, age spots, birthmarks; Café au Lait and dyschromia/ bronzing (uneven pigmentation).
  • Melasma is a chronic condition and is best treated by combining IPL treatment or Laser treatment for surface pigmentation, Q-switched Laser for dermal pigment and Fractional laser technology.  
  • A maintenance program - skincare

Ask our Dermal Clinicians for more information on which treatment is best for your condition. Call the clinic on (03) 8686 5786

 

Asian skin conditions / Dark skin conditions

- Sun spots, Melasma, Hori's Naevus, Naevus of Ota

                    

Asian and Dark skins in Australia often result in uneven pigmentation.  The MedLite C6 Q-Switched Laser is the laser technology of choice  for darker skin individuals, when treating pigmentary conditions.

In fact, the popularity of the MedLite C6 Laser continues to grow throughout Asia because of its effectiveness and safety profile in treating common aesthetic skin conditions of the asian/ dark skin population. In the Australian sun, dark skin and asian skin suffer from photo induced uneven pigmentation. Melasma and other similar chronic pigmentation problems can be effectively treated with the Q -Switched Laser technology. Generally 8 -10 treatments are recommended, achieveing a gradual lightening over a course of treatments. The Q-Switched Technology minimizes epidermal injury and therefore reduces post inflammatory hyperpigmentation risk.

Through our experience, we have been able to achieve successful results and have been able to maintain the results with an individualised maintenance program.