We offer a range of cosmetic treatments to assist with the pigmentation of the skin.
Do you have darks spots on your face that just appeared there over time? You could be suffering from skin pigmentation.
What is Pigmentation?
The word ‘Pigmentation’ means ‘colouring’; therefore, we could link skin pigmentation disorders with the colour of our skin. ‘Melanin’ is a pigment made from special cells, from which our skin gets its colour. If these special cells get damaged, it could affect the production of Melanin. This can make the skin look uneven, dull, worn-out or damaged which can impact on the ageing process of the skin.
What causes pigmentation?
- It could be hormonal
- Too much sun exposure
- Damaged skin
- Hereditary reasons
- The excessive production of the pigment called melanin causes the skin to become darker
On which parts of the body can pigmentation appear?
Some pigmentation disorders affect parts of the skin while others could affect the entire body.
Types of Pigmentation:
- Freckles (one or many).
- Sunspots, age spots and liver spots which are caused by sun exposure.
- Melasma, also known as the ‘pregnancy mask,’ is caused by hormonal changes.
At Zen Medispa in Sydney, we have a range of treatments that could be recommended to help treat your pigmentation. These include:
Sun exposure the production of free radicals. This is where oxygen molecules become unstable and seek alternative molecules to find an electron in order to become whole again. The result is damage to skin cells, changing their function and DNA while impairing the skin’s ability to repair itself and contributing to the depletion of collagen. Long-term sun damage also results in the growth of abnormal elastic fibres which accelerates the appearance of aging, causing lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and poor skin elasticity.
Superficial dilated capillaries can be the result of thin and weakened blood vessel walls responding to sun-induced trauma. This is also a factor in facial flushing and redness.
Pigmentation develops as a response to UV-induced trauma which results in a stimulation in the production of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that serves as the skin’s barrier defence to further damage. Abnormal positioning of melanin in the skin results in freckles. Over time, accumulative sun damage causes these sun spots to become larger, commonly referred to as ‘age spots’, as they are often most visible in the later years. Precancerous lesions of the skin with a crusty pink appearance can often develop in later years as a result of long-term sun exposure. They have the potential to become malignant.
It is untrue that the skin needs to burn in order to see sun damage. There are two types of UV rays which affect the skin:
UVB rays are responsible for epidermal damage, resulting in sunburn. These rays come from direct sun exposure and can’t penetrate through glass. When the skin peels after a sunburn, this is the body attempting to remove damaged skin cells before they become cancerous.
UVA rays are the main contributor towards photo-aging as they penetrate deeper into the dermis and cannot be filtered by glass. You are at risk of obtaining UVA rays when driving or even sitting inside near a window.
Treatment times vary between 15 – 30 minutes depending upon the type of pigmentation and size of the area being treated. For optimum results Zen Medispa suggests four to six treatments.
Some patients may experience a slight tingling or burning sensation during treatment. To help manage your comfort we apply a combination of topical and oral analgesics one hour before the procedure.
Skin Pigmentation | Burwood
Can’t help but notice those dark spots forming on your skin? We are here to help you look your best. Give us a call at Zen Medispa in Sydney, to enquire about our treatments that help remove pigmentation.