Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation consists of dark skin patches that normally manifest in the form of freckles, birthmarks, sunspots or melasma.

Hyperpigmentation is a usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker than the surrounding area due to a higher concentration of melanin.

While some people love their freckles and birthmarks, others would prefer to see them go away for good. Sunspots (or age spots) are definitely the most unwelcome reminder of a sunny holiday.

Ready for an even and spotless skin? Speak to one of our dermatologists for a full assessment of your case.

Treatments for Hyperpigmentation

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IPL & Laser Pigmentation Removal

IPL & Laser Pigmentation Removal are the most permanent and effective solutions to dark skin patches caused by excessive pigmentation.

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Dermapen Treatment

Dermapen stimulates the production of new collagen, reducing scars, stretch marks, pigmentation, wrinkles and other skin conditions.

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Advanced Electrolysis

Advanced Electrolysis is a skin blemish removal treatment that gets rid of warts, skin tags, acne and thread veins with excellent results.

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Hyperpigmentation FAQ's

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin, a natural pigment that gives colour to the skin, eyes and hair.

Excessive concentration of melanin can be triggered by excessive sun exposure (sunspots or age spots), genetics (freckles and birthmarks) or hormonal changes (melasma). Over pigmented areas can also be the result of skin trauma (acne scarrinng, burns, etc.).

Is hyperpigmentation common?

Hyperpigmentation is a common condition, but some types are more likely to develop depending on age and gender.

Sunspots, age spots/liver spots, and freckles are associated with over exposure to UV light and skin ageing. Darker skin patches become more evident from the age of 40 due to the skin becoming less efficient at regenerating itself.
Melasma is more common among women, especially during pregnancy.

What is the difference between melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation?

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation most commonly seen in women.
Unlike other forms of hyperpigmentation, it is caused by hormonal changes. This makes women more vulnerable to it during pregnancy and after starting birth control or hormonal treatments. Heat and sun exposure can also worsen the condition.

Although Melasma can be treated, it is also more stubborn than other forms of hyperpigmentation.

How can you eliminate excessive pigmentation?

Excessive pigmentation can be reduced using topical treatments and chemical peels, but high-energy light therapies such as laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) target the affected area more effectively and offer the best results.
Freckles and age spots can be removed using Q-Switch Laser or IPL, in approximately three treatments.

Pigmented birthmarks, such as café au lait spots or moles, usually respond well to Active Q-Switch Laser. IPL delivers outstanding results in the removal of vascular birthmarks, like port wine stains.

We recommend avoiding IPL for melasma as it can cause further darkening of the skin, Fractional Laser is much better suited for this condition.

Advanced electrolysis and microneedling also offer outstanding results for most types of hyperpigmentation.

Whichever your case and preference the best course of treatment must be evaluated on a case-to-case basis.

Book a consultation to find out which is the best one for you.

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Call: 0151 630 8121