Pigmentation Solutions

Pigment Solutions

What is Pigmentation?

Pigmentation means colouring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the colour of your skin. Skin cells give your skin colour by making a substance called melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects the melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin while others can affect your whole body.

If your body produces too much melanin, your skin gets darker. Pregnancy, contraceptive pill, Addison’s disease and sun exposure can all make your skin darker. Pigmentation that we commonly treat includes freckles on face and body, chloasma, sun/age spots on face, body and hands

We can help reduce pigmentation effectively using several methods. It is important to understand that a homecare regime of prescribed products is essential to achieve successful results. Our skilled Therapists can provide in depth consultations and skin analysis to provide you with a dermal plan designed specifically with your needs in mind.

Below you will find information regarding treatments can help you reduce pigmentation. The exceptional dermal/beauty therapists at Light Aesthetics Skin & Body Clinic can tailor a treatment plan specifically for you. Combining treatments and using professional home care products prescribed by your therapist will create lasting and dramatic results that will have your friends asking “What have you done to your skin?”

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL works by using Selective Photothermolysis, photo meaning light, thermo meaning heat and lysis meaning destruction. This occurs when the light is absorbed by excess melanin in the pigment. The light converts into heat which damages the targeted cells but leaving the surrounded skin undamaged.

What results can be achieved?

Generally you can expect a reduction of approx. 70-90% of your pigmentation. Results vary between clients. You gain visible results from the very first treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

On average the best results are achieved with 3-6 treatments. The treatments may be at 2-4 week intervals. When you have your consultation the technician will give you a more accurate treatment plan based on your skin concerns. Hormonal pigmentation such as Melasma and Chloasma may require extra treatments or regular/long term treatments once desired results are achieved to prevent the pigmentation from reoccurring.

What will happen during my treatment?

When you have your treatment it will begin with us cleansing your skin to ensure it is free from makeup, dirt and sunscreen/moisturiser. We will give you specially designed goggles to wear during the treatment, these goggles are made specifically for the wavelengths of light used with IPL. A cooling conductive gel will be applied to your skin. The application of light is made by using a sapphire crystal in a handpiece. The light will be a short bright flash and will create a sensation that many people describe as a flicking of an elastic band. Your therapist will ask you throughout the treatment if you are comfortable. The gel will be removed and we will apply sunscreen to your skin.

What will happen after my treatment?

The treated pigmentation often becomes darker, this happens because the excess melanin has absorbed the light and is now making its way to the surface of the skin. The pigment can sometimes go so dark it appears black. The pigmented cells will move towards the surface of the skin and slough off within 7-14 days, or will gradually fade., leaving a much lighter and smaller pigmented lesion or it may no longer be visible.

Is IPL right for me?

IPL is a very successful treatment and when performed by qualified and experienced technicians like the staff at Light Aesthetics Skin & Body Clinic, it is a safe procedure. We use state of the art equipment, have received qualifications from Australasian Academy of Dermal Science and we always perform in depth consultations before commencing any treatment. There are restrictions on who can receive IPL treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not suitable for IPL and many medications may be contraindicated. Photosensitizing medications create a risk of burns. It is important to be honest with us when filling out consultation forms so we can perform safe and effective treatments. Dark skin colours may be difficult to treat so your therapist may recommend an alternative treatment if IPL is not the most appropriate treatment for you.

Is there specific preparation or aftercare?

Yes, before IPL it is extremely important to avoid unprotected sun exposure or solarium use for at least 4 weeks before your treatment. Once you commence treatment you must avoid unprotected sun exposure between treatments. Your therapist will prescribe you the necessary home care products to ensure your skin is protected and you will achieve the desired results. You may be required to stop particular skin products or medications before commencing treatment and if you have had recent botox or fillers in the treatment area we advise that there be a 4 week interval before having IPL. Please ensure that the treatment area is completely free of artificial tan at the time of treatment.

After IPL it is best to avoid excessive heat in the treatment area. Avoid a hot sweaty workout or hot shower/bath for 12 hours post treatment. Never pick or scratch the area. Use the sun protection prescribed by your therapist every day.

Microdermabrasion

Our Microdermabrasion treatment is the latest trend in crystal-free microdermabrasion. It uses a diamond head and suction to deeply exfoliate the skin. The treatment stimulates circulation which encourages collagen and elastin production. The treatment is pain-free, relaxing, treats a wide range of skin concerns/conditions and is suitable for majority of people.

What results can be achieved?

You will notice an improvement in the texture and tone of your skin immediately after one treatment. To break down pigmentation a course of treatments will be necessary. You will experience general exfoliation, reduction in pore size and oil production, brightening of the skin, less blackheads, pimples and congestion, increased hydration, reduction of scars, fine lines and wrinkles. With use of your prescribed home care regime you will achieve fast and dramatic results and require less treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

Every client is different the number of treatments needed will depend on many factors such as the amount of pigmented lesions, size of pigmented lesions, reason for pigmented lesions, depth of colour and what home care regime is being used. Our exceptional therapists can accurately quote a treatment plan when you have a consultation and skin analysis. The general course of treatments for pigmentation reduction is 6-8 and can be done at intervals of 1-4 weeks.

What will happen during my treatment?

Microdermabrasion is approximately 45 minutes. You will be made comfortable in the treatment room on one of our beauty beds. The treatment begins with a thorough cleansing and is followed by a skin diagnosis. The dermabrasion is performed by the therapist supporting your skin and moving a pen like handpiece in small lines across your skin. The entire face is covered. You will feel suction and gentle abrasiveness of the diamond tip. The sensation is comfortable and the level of suction is adjusted to suit each client. After the face has been treated, a mask selected by the therapist for you will be applied. We complete the treatment with the application of eye treatment cream, serum and moisturiser plus sunscreen. Microdermabrasion can be incorporated into other facial treatments or received as a stand alone treatment. LED is also extremely effective and boosts results when added to a Microdermabrasion treatment.

What will happen after my treatment?

You may be slightly flushed and feel a sensation like mild sunburn. This can last up to 24 hours but generally is gone within 2-5 hours. Keeping your skin cool will return your skin to its normal state faster. You will notice your skin feeling smoother very quickly. Some clients experience a tight feeling for several days following the treatment and this occurs due to the collagen production increasing and the oil production being reduced. Depending on your current skin condition and home care regime, you may experience a breakout as the congestion makes its way to the surface of the skin and then disappears. Your therapist will ensure you are prescribed the correct home to prevent and minimise breakouts.

Is Microdermabrasion right for me?

Microdermabrasion is safe and minimally invasive. There are some restrictions for the treatment. Clients that are currently taking Roaccutane or have taken Roaccutane in the last 6 months are not suitable for Microdermabrasion without a clearance note from their general practitioner or dermatologist. Clients with a history of keloid scarring may not be good candidates. Current cystic acne needs to controlled with other treatments before accepting Microdermabrasion. Freckles may not be significantly reduced as the treatment works on a superficial level and the pigmentation in freckles tends to be in deeper layers of the skin. Your skin will appear brighter though. Microdermabrasion will greatly reduce hormonal pigmentation and sun damage. We can treat many areas such as face, neck, décolletage, shoulders, hands and back.

Is there specific preparation or aftercare?

Yes, As Microdermabrasion provides deep exfoliation it is important to have stopped the use of any exfoliating products that have not been prescribed by your Light Aesthetics dermal therapist. To achieve best results, unprotected sun exposure needs to be avoided for 4 weeks before treatment commencement.
After Microdermabrasion you will need to follow the dermal plan prescribed by your therapist, this will maintain and boost your results. Please avoid a hot, sweaty workout and hot shower/bath for 12 hours following your treatment. Your skin must be protected from the sun daily.

Dermal Peels

Image Skincare clinical couture peels are a method of regenerating and resurfacing the skin by inducing a controlled injury to the skin. They remove the top layers skin to help induce collagen remodelling and therefore improve sun-damaged skin, skin pigmentation problems, wrinkles, skin texture, and the overall appearance of the skin.

What results can be achieved?

Image skincare peels are a safe and effective treatment and work in a unique way to get fast results without the downtime of some traditional peeling treatments. They utilise exfoliating properties (enzymes, lactic acids, salicylic acids etc) to help draw the pigment to the surface of the skin. You can generally get an all over lightening effect on the skin however some pigment may completely disappear depending on the severity.

How many treatments will I need?

We recommend a course of 6 peels. The peels are best received weekly or fortnightly as prescribed by your therapist. When home care is used in conjunction with the treatments you can expect a dramatic reduction in pigmentation and an improvement in the overall appearance of your skin.

What will happen during my treatment?

Image Skincare peels are professional strength but use modern technology to achieve amazing results easily. The peels come in different strengths and blends and your therapist will select the most appropriate one for you. The treatment is quite relaxing and includes a double cleanse, peel and mask if required – each peel has different protocols which will be explained to you before your treatment.

What will happen after my treatment?

Reaction to the peel may be mild to moderate peeling, a feeling of tight, dry skin with slight redness. Your therapist will prescribe suitable homecare to boost your results and alleviate the post peel responses.

Are Dermal Peels right for me?

Peels are a safe and effective treatment, but as with all professional treatments there are contraindications. You will fill out a full consult form and be advised if you are not a suitable candidate. Some contraindications are: active cold sores, open lesions, uncontrolled diabetes, lupus and auto immune disease, current Accutane or use within 12 months, Pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Is there any specific preparation or aftercare?

Yes, If you are using Retin-A (Retinol) you need to cease use 2 weeks prior to reduce excessive peeling. Peels will achieve the best results when a homecare regime is started at leas 14 days before beginning peels. Post peel it is essential that Prevention + sunscreen be applied daily. Your home care regime must be followed also.

Bio- Synthesis LED

LED Technology offers a non-chemical, non-invasive alternative treatment to a number of skin conditions including pigmentation problems. LED light therapy (Light Emitting Diode Technology) is a therapy that utilizes the therapeutic effects of light to heal skin conditions. LED is used for light therapy as it emits a low-level power light ray that stimulates skin cells but is not harmful or irritating to the skin and will not cause cancer. LED light therapy is used to treat pigmentation such as age spots as well as other skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and fine lines and wrinkles. LED light therapy is suitable for all skin types and skin colour.

What results can be achieved?

LED light therapy can be used to treat pigmentation problems. LED light therapy is particularly useful for treating superficial hyperpigmentation. LED light therapy has a number of benefits because it is non-invasive and there is no scarring. Unlike other treatments such as laser therapy, this procedure is relaxing and comfortable. Brown spots can be diminished and the light rays stimulate collagen, which gives the face a smooth appearance, resulting in younger looking skin. Pigmentation on the face and neck, décolletage and hands can be treated with LED light therapy. LED light therapy is a safe and painless procedure and there is no risk of burning or damaging the skin. After using this therapy, the skin texture appears smoother, skin appears brighter and there is no down time or peeling, as can happen in some laser treatments for pigmentation problems. Results can be seen immediately or after a series of sessions, depending on your skin tone, lifestyle and age. You can expect a gradual reduction in your pigmentation and a noticeable improvement in the overall tone and texture of the skin.

How many treatments will I need?

LED is a truly amazing treatment that works in a gradual way. It is safe and can be used regularly long term to prevent aging. It is recommended to have a course of 6-12 treatments done weekly to bi-weekly. Once desired results are achieved it is highly recommended to have treatments done fortnightly to monthly to prevent aging and new pigmentation forming.

What will happen during my treatment?

We will cleanse your skin and apply the appropriate serum either before or after treatment. You will be given protective goggle to wear. We will place the LED over your face. There are many different colours and combinations of colours, the therapist will select which one is right for you. The light will be bright when it is first switched on despite the goggles. your eyes will adjust quickly. You then relax for 20 minutes while you experience gentle heat.

What will happen after my treatment?

You may feel gentle warmth but will not be sore or red. Your skin will begin to feel smooth and look more even almost immediately.

Is LED right for me?

LED is suitable for almost everyone. It achieves great results and treats a wide range of skin conditions. There are a few restrictions including pregnancy and current photosensitizing medications.

Is there any specific preparation or aftercare?

The only specific rule is to apply Prevention + sunscreen daily and use the home care products prescribed by your therapist to boost the results of your treatments.