Guide to Pigmentation (2.43 MB)
Skin discolouration tends to increase, as we get older and is governed by a number of factors including Genetics, Skin type, Sun exposure, Skin injury and Hormones/pregnancy. Pigmentation can manifest in a number or ways:
- Freckles and sunspots
- Melasma or Chloasma
- Seborrheric Keratosis
- Moles – Often raised, pigmented or skin coloured
- Birthmarks – usually flat, pigmented patches of varying size
At Australian Skin Clinics, we have a range of treatment options for pigmentation:
- De-Pigmenting Agents – lotions and other medications are often used to lighten the skin and repress pigment production. Mostly used in combination with other treatments.
- Laser & IPL
- Radio Frequency (RF) removal of moles
- Chemical Peels
We use only medical grade equipment backed by scientific papers providing evidence based results.
Pigment changes need to be assessed by a doctor and some forms of pigmentation should be left untreated.
Melasma & Chloasma
There are many factors that can cause abnormal pigment in the skin. One of the most common is Melasma or Chloasma that occurs in women of childbearing age that is exacerbated by pregnancy and some oral contraceptives. Melasma is treated with sun protection, skin care, avoidance of inappropriate hormones and use of depigmenting agents such as hydroquinone, kojic acid or azeleic acid. We also offer a Melasma peel, which gives excellent results.
Below is a patient of ours before and after one Melasma Peel:
Lentigos (sometimes called liver spots) typically appear on the back of the hands and on the face. They are flat, light brown areas that do not itch or scale. Lentigos can be treated with IPL.
Pigmentation Caused Through Injury
Any condition that causes inflammation of the skin (such as acne, boils or burns) can cause over activity in melanocytes and increase in pigment levels. This is generally best treated with depigmenting agents and skin care but occasionally Laser may be required. No matter what the cause of increased pigment, sun protection using reflective sunscreens is the key element.
Laser Treatment for Pigmentation and Redness:
|Female $||Male $|
|Face, Neck and Decolletage||199||249|
Body areas quoted on request
The above per-treatment prices are based on a pre-paid package of 3 treatments. 25% surcharge applies to individual treatments.
Melasma Peel: from $250
Dr only peels are also available. A consultation is required to determine the most effective treatment or treatment combination for you.
For more information, please call on 07 5509 0077 or complete the contact form below.