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Pigmentation are spots that have usually occurred on the most exposed areas of the body, such as hands, face, shoulders, and neck. It is a skin discolouration, that usually appear as blotchy brown or pinkish marks and are most often caused by either genetics, ageing, sun damage or hormonal changes (such as pregnancy). The darkening is caused by cells called melanocytes producing an excess of melanin to a specific area.

There are many forms and types of pigmentation, with the most common being Age Spots, Liver Spots, Freckles, and Sun Spots. With new laser technology, the majority of these pigmented lesions can now be safely removed after only a few short treatments. By using the lasers specific wavelength energy, the pigmented lesion can be specifically targeted without damaging surrounding tissue.

By completing a full course of laser pigmentation, along with medical microdermabrasion and an appropriate skincare regime, you will be going a long way to having a fresher, more youthful, blemish free skin.

The team at SILK Laser provide a FREE laser pigmentation removal consultation at any of our state of the art Adelaide clinics.

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Laser Pigment Removal FAQs

Pigmentation is caused by an excessive amount of melanin found in certain cells on the body’s skin. These cells usually carry a higher level of “melanocytes”, which produce the melanin that causes individual areas to become discoloured.There are numerous factors that can cause the appearance of pigmentation. The most common is excessive sun exposure and hereditary factors but is can also be caused from hormonal changes such as pregnancy and the contraceptive pill.

Pigmentation is a skin discolouration that appears as brown or pinkish marks on the face and body that are darker than your natural skin colour. Almost everyone has some form of pigmentation, whether that be freckles, sun spots, birth marks, or moles.

At SILK Laser Clinics, treatments will be performed on the Candela GentleLASE 755nm Alexandrite Laser by an experienced and Laser Safety Certified technician. This is a Medical Grade 4 Laser and is one of the most effective and advanced machines available. The laser causes selective heating to the upper dermis with minimal harm to the overlying epidermis. It creates a controlled wound healing response within the skin causing the pigmentation to deepen in colour. A crust will then form and take up to 14 days to flake away. Depending on your pigmentation concerns, a Skin Rejuventation treatment using the PicoSure Laser may also be recommended to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

If the recommended post treatment procedures are followed and the treated area is cared for and correctly maintained then the pigmentation is unlikely to return. Pigmentation caused by sun exposure may gradually reappear overtime however SPF and tyrosinaise inhibitors can significantly reduce this.

Depending on the type of pigmentation being treated, clients will need between 2-6 treatments. The effectiveness of the treatment will be determined by the type, colour and depth of the pigmentation along with the condition of the skin. A test patch will be performed prior to undergoing treatment and is reviewed to determine the likely success of the treatment. Complete clearing of the affected area may not be possible and will depend upon the type, area and colour of the lesion.

It can depend on the type and size of the area being treated, most treatments can be completed within 5 to 30 minutes.

The heat from the laser is concentrated at a superficial level so it is likely that the client will experience some discomfort while the treatment is being performed. The treated area can feel like sunburn for up to 48 hours afterwards, however cold packs and SILK Soothing Gel should be used to reduce redness and inflammation.

Following the treatment, the pigmentation will initially appear darker and can continue to deepening in colour for 48hours post treatment. After this time the pigmentation will then being to crust and gradually flake away. This process can take up to 14 days depending on the condition of the skin prior to treatment.

Most clients report a 70% or greater improvement over the duration of their course of treatments.

Your technician will need to determine the exact area that needs to be treated and can provide you with a personalised quote at your consultation. A full price list is available on our website.

All treatments will be performed by our highly trained and laser safety certified SILK Laser Technicans.

All areas of the body can be treated, but most clients will treat areas often exposed to the sun such as face, neck, décolletage and hands.

The medical grade lasers cannot cause permanent scarring as it doesn’t cause damage to the Dermis layer of the skin. Any damage caused during treatment is superficial and will disappear with time, if looked after appropriately.

It is extremely important not to affect the skins pigmentation in any way prior to or after the laser treatments. Such exposure can cause hypo and hyper pigmentation, impairing the effects of the laser treatment.Please avoid the sun or solariums for 4 weeks prior to treatment and at least 4-8 weeks after treatment. Be sure to also apply SPF regularly while you are exposed to the sun and do also not use any form of tanning throughout your treatment, including tanning sprays or lotions.It is due to this, the majority of our patients undergo pigmentation removal during the autumn and winter months, when UV burning is at its lowest.

All clients undergoing Pigmentation treatment at SILK will be required to prepare the skin 2-4 weeks prior to undergoing laser treatment in order to ensure client safety and achieve the best possible results. You will be required to use the following products: TYROSINASE INHIBITOR

  • Inhibits the transfer of melanin to skin cells

VITAMIN A

  • Has the ability to correct the DNA of defected skin cells
  • Strengthen the nucleus of a cell to protect from damage
  • Increase cell turnover to assist in removal of affected or pigmented skin cells

VITAMIN C

  • Photo protective properties
  • Free radical scavenger
  • Mild skin exfoliant
  • Increase production of collagen

SUNSCREEN

  • Protects skin cells from harmful UV rays
  • Retain the skins ability for collagen formation
  • Maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin

During the consultation your technicians will guide you through the post treatment care guidelines. The most important aspect of this is to ensure the use of the SILK Soothing Gel directly after the treatment as this will help to reduce inflammation while protecting the skin from infection.

There are only a few medications that could possibly affect the treatments of laser hair removal. Some medications may have blood thinning or photo-sensitising properties which can increase the risk of an adverse reaction, so it is important to bring along a comprehensive list of any medications or supplements you are on to discuss with your technician prior to treatment.

PRICE LIST

Skin Treatments for all skin types and concerns

Laser Pigmentation Removal

Treatment Area 4T 1T
Free Observ 520 Skin Analysis with all Skin Treatments FREE
Full Face $101 $119
Mid Face $67 $79
Décolletage $84 $99
Hands $67 $79
Half Arms $118 $139
Full Arms $203 $239
Neck (Front or Back) $67 $79
Shoulders $84 $99
Half Legs $254 $299
Add Decolletage $69
Add Hands $69
Add Neck (Back or Front) $69
TREATMENT GUIDELINES

Pigment Treatment Guideline

When undergoing Laser treatments it is important to remember that:

  • The effectiveness of the treatment will be determined by the type, colour and depth of the pigmentation along with the condition of the skin.
  • A test patch will be performed prior to undergoing treatment, this will be reviewed and if successful the treatment will be completed.
  • Both the client and operator are required to wear protective eyewear designed to filter the specific wavelength generated by the laser, regular eyewear is not designed to do this.
  • All clients undergoing Pigmentation treatment at SILK will be required to prepare the skin 2-4 weeks prior to undergoing laser treatment in order to ensure client safety and achieve the best possible results.

POST TREATMENT CARE

  • SILK Soothing Gel must be applied for 3 days post laser treatment AM and PM in place of any other moisturizer.
  • SPF must be applied to all treatment areas and sun exposure must be avoided at all times.
  • If the area is feeling hot directly after the treatment this can be treated by either using the SILK Soothing Gel or a covered ice pack for small intervals.
  • Commence the use of your recommended home care products no sooner than 3days post treatment, for any products containing Vitamin A please wait for 7days.
  • Do not exfoliate or scrub the treatment area for at least two weeks after the treatment, at this stage it is recommended to have a Microhydrabrasion treatment.
  • Avoid excessive physical activity, hot showers, pools, spas and saunas for up to 7days post treatment.
  • For facial treatments, SILK recommends the use of Colourscience Mineral makeup which can be applied directly after the treatment to calm and conceal the area if needed.

 

COMMON SHORT TERM SIDE EFFECTS:

Throughout the treatment your technician will monitor your skin’s response, below are some indications that are normal and can be a sign of an effective treatment. Please note that these indications can be visible on the treatment area throughout the healing process, should they extend pass 7days post treatment please contact your clinic.

 

  • Erythema, or redness, to the treatment area which will feel very similar to sunburn.
  • Localized swelling of the treatment area.
  • The pigmentation will continue to deepen in colour for up to 48hours post treatment, this will then crust and flake away which can take up to two weeks depending on the condition of the skin.

 

POSSIBLE ADVERSE REACTIONS:

In most cases, if you follow our recommended guidelines, potential adverse reactions can be avoided. However below are some of the common reactions that can occur:

  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening) or Hypopigmentation (lightening) of the skin in the treated area.
  • Herpes Simplex virus activation.
  • Increase in oil or a pustule breakout.
  • Histamine reaction for allergy sufferers, an antihistamine can be taken 1 hour prior to treatment.
  • In very rare cases blistering.
  • Purpura or slight bruising can occur generally when a vascular condition is present or when blood thinners, i.e. Aspirin, Warfarin, Vitamin E, Fish or Krill Oil are taken regularly.
  • Development of infection that, in very rare cases, can lead to scarring.

It is essential to follow to pre & post treatment instructions to minimize the risk of an adverse reaction.

If you have an adverse reaction please contact the clinic immediately to ensure the correct steps are taken to treat the area.

Should you have any concerns throughout your treatment plan please speak with your SILK Laser Technician.

PRE TREATMENT CARE

PREPARATION FOR LASER PIGMENTATION REMOVAL

  • Do not wax, or laser the treatment area for at least 2weeks prior to laser.
  • Do not expose the treatment area to the sun throughout your treatment plan.
  • Ensure that any fake tan, body moisturizer, makeup, deodorants or perfumes have been thoroughly removed as these can impact your results.
  • Be sure to prepare your skin using the recommended products a minimum of 2weeks prior to your treatment.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR RESULTS

Maintenance is the key to long lasting results at SILK because pigmentation can reoccur with sun exposure it is important to take care of your skin even after your course of treatments has been completed.

 

To ensure lasting results:

  • At the completion of your recommended treatment plan you will be booked for a Review to assess your results, please discuss any concerns you may have with your technician.
  • SPF is critical in the prevention and reformation of pigmentation, ensure that you apply liberally and regularly to the treatment area plus any surrounding areas.
  • The use of your prescribe home care will also ensure that your skin remains healthy and strong preventing the re occurrence of pigmentation and other skin concerns.

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