Laser Pigmentation Removal
Hyperpigmentation can come from many things; the sun, damage to the skin (such as acne or burns), hormones, medication and more. This hyperpigmentation usually presents its self in patches on the skin, often on the hands and face (exposed areas to the sun).
Melanocytes are responsible for the pigmentation in the skin including your natural pigment and your ability to tan. The melanocyte is shaped a little like a hand, it has a body and then tendrils which the pigmentation is pumped out. When a melanocyte is working as it should you will get an all-over even tan as all tendrils are all producing pigment evenly. When you get hyperpigmentation, your melanocyte has become damaged/confused so it doesn’t evenly distribute pigmentation, it may only be producing pigment from one tendril giving you a hyperpigmentation spot.
You may get hyperpigmentation after damage to the skin, such as acne, because your skin is trying to protect itself from harm. The melanocyte then becomes confused or damaged and continues to kick out pigmentation in that area forming a dark spot as it still thinks your skin needs this protection.
Sun exposure encourages skin cells to produce melanin, this is what gives you a tan. Melanin absorbs or scatters radiation in order to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays and help prevent the development of skin cancer or other health conditions associated with excessive exposure to UV radiation. A tan is you skins way of protecting itself against the sun. However, the formation of melanin can be uneven, as the melanocyte becomes damaged from excessive sun exposure resulting in isolated brown spots or patches of hyperpigmentation.
You will often cause damage to your skin in your when your 20-30 and it comes out many years later (when your 40-50). Damage from the sun is often very deep set and can be hard to shift with topical applications, because the pigment has been sitting in your skin for up to 30 years making it very stubborn.
We use a Q-Switched laser to reduce pigmentation which occurs in a few isolated spots to break down the pigmentation and cause it to turn darker and exfoliate off. This treatment is most effective for spots on the face, chest, neck, arms and legs.
Benefits of Laser Pigmentation removal:
Effective lightening to complete removal of an unwanted pigmentation
quick recovery and process
Collagen stimulation in the area
Time: 15 minutes (starts at)
Price: £25 (starts at)
Numbing Cream: Not required and not supplied, this will be up to you to self-administer if you feel you need it.
Down time: you can go back to daily activities straight away however the treatment site will be red post treatment may even blister.
Skin Types: 1-4
Frequently asked questions
How does the ND Yag remove the pigmentation?
The laser breaks down the pigmentation which then rises through the skin and exfoliates off.
Does pigmentation removal hurt?
It is uncomfortable, but the treatment is not unbearable. It feels similar to a snap of a hot rubber band, or grease spitting at you when you’re frying something. You may use a topical anaesthetic cream from your chemist, if you choose.
Is there a consultation fee?
Yes, the consultation is £20, however this is then taken off of your first treatment or course price after your consultation.
How will the area be after the treatment?
The pigmentation may blister in the area this is completely normal, do not burst the blister or pick the area as this may cause an adverse reaction or scaring.
How long does it take to heal?
In about 2 weeks your skin will be back to normal and the pigmentation will have exfoliated of. In this time, you may experience blistering or tenderness to the site.
Is a patch test requires?
Yes at least 24 hours in advance
Will I require more than one session?
It depends on what you are looking to get treated, you may need multiple sessions to get your desired result.