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Skin pigmentation

Causes and solutions

What does skin pigmentation mean?

Pigmentation is the generalised term to changes in skin tone from a range of causes. Skin pigmentation can be found all over the body, but generally, appear on the face.

Our skin gets its colour from a pigment called melanin. If your body produces too much melanin, your skin will get darker. And if your body doesn't create enough melanin, your skin gets lighter.

What causes skin pigmentation?

Sun exposure and UV damage are two of the largest causes of pigmentation. It's often the main cause of wrinkles, spots, and sags we consider a natural part of ageing. Over time, the sun's UV rays damage skin fibres called elastin.

Other causes of skin pigmentation include thermal injuries, inflammation — even hormonal imbalances. Environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, and chemicals can also damage the surface of your skin.

What treatments are available?

The Mesoestetic Cosmelan and Dermamelan treatments brighten brown patches and skin discolourations by pausing the amount of melanin your skin produces for the duration of the application. Afterwards, melanin production begins once more. Clients will need to be vigilant about applying SPF 50 (or higher) sunscreen for 3-6 months after. We do recommend continuing sunscreen application daily, if you're worried about skin pigmentation, as UV damage is a major exacerbating factor.

Our industry-leading laser technologies range from 755 nanometres (nm) single wavelengths to Fraxel dual laser, and the RevLite laser (which uses four wavelengths). Book a consultation today to find out more.

Which is the best treatment for facial pigmentation?

The answer to this really depends on how much damage has occurred. If you have severe pigmentation, also known as hyperpigmentation, you'll need a more rigorous treatment plan than if you have mild sun damage.

We'll assess which treatment will work best for you when you come in for a consultation. We'll take into account your medical history, the amount of pigmentation on your skin, and lifestyle factors before we recommend any treatment plan.

How long does pigmentation take to fade after laser removal treatment?

Again, this depends on how many sessions you'll need to book. But many of our clients see a visible reduction in their skin pigmentation when their skin cells renew after their first treatment session.

How long will my skin take to recover after laser treatment?

Your skin will be red and swollen for a day or so, and then it'll begin peeling for the next 7-10 days. You should be fully healed after this time.

"I believe in prevention rather than cure"

These are the words of Derya Koch, a founding dermal clinician at Victorian Dermal Group. It's also one of the clinic's guiding principles. The team at VDG is results-driven, and focused on providing skin solutions backed by science.

Every VDG clinician is fully accredited, and passionate about providing treatments for all skin disorders and cosmetic needs. Clients often claim there's an atmosphere of non-judgement when they visit the clinic, and the team is so warm and friendly, clients feel immediately at ease.

Clear and bright skin for a clearer and brighter lifestyle

Before and after

See our client's transformations pre- and post-treatments for pigmentation issues.

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How we'll treat your skin pigmentation

Step 1

Free initial consultation

We ask every client to come in for a free initial consultation. The purpose of this visit is to gain a thorough understanding of your specific skin needs. We'll gather information about your medical history, and lifestyle, and sit down with you to discuss which treatment method may work best for your skin type.

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Step 2

Performing treatments for your skin pigmentation concerns

We'll treat your pigmentation with one of our chemical peels, followed by blue LED light therapy. Alternately, we offer a series of laser treatments, which utilise a variation of light energy wavelengths.

Step 3

Preparing for pigmentation treatment

Before you arrive at the clinic, you'll need to cleanse the area we'll be treating of makeup, moisturisers, and sunscreen. If you forget to do this, don't worry — we can clean your skin when you arrive on-site.

Step 4

Follow-up care post-treatment

Before you leave our clinic, we'll provide you with documentation detailing how to take care of your skin post-treatment. This will vary, depending on which service we've provided.

For mild-moderate skin pigmentation treatments, you can expect a shorter recovery time. For more severe cases, the recovery time may be a little longer. In all cases, should you have any concerns, you're more than welcome to ring us — we're happy to answer any questions you have.

Welcoming and warm atmosphere

Medical-grade technologies

Accredited, non-judgmental clinicians

Our range of treatments for skin pigmentations

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