At Erase, we guide you to learn more about the function of your skin type so that a treatment plan can be coordinated to suit your lifestyle. As part of the step to perfect skin, we recommend you to have a initial skin consultation. During the consultation with our qualified specialists, you can learn what method of treatment is effective to remove your unwanted pigmentation. Learn more about the different types of pigmentation issues and how we treat them successfully.
What is Pigmentation
Melanocytes are specialised cells within the epidermis which produce a pigment called melanin. This is distributed throughout the epidermis in small bundles called melanosomes to protect the DNA of skin cells from UV damage. That’s why sun exposure darkens our skin – the more melanocytes in our skin, the easier we tan.
Damage to these cells caused by excessive UV exposure, thermal injury (ie. a burn) or inflammation can result in them behaving abnormally.
There are several types of pigmentation. An assessment is essential as the treatment plan will vary.
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) – Often following severe acne or injury. Can be triggered by some skin treatments, ie. chemical peels and commonly occurs in darker skin types. After assessment, the skin can be assessed and most likely a topical therapy to reduce inflammation and a series of gentle Laser treatment to assist in breaking down the cluster of pigmentation and/or capillaries is performed.
Melasma / Chloasma (hormonal) – A condition which occurs commonly in female. The pigmentation may present like a light shadow underneath the skin or like a irregular or clustered pigmentation arising in areas that are sensitive to sun light or intrinsic changes in the body. There is no known cure, however steps to minimise this condition as well as gentle fading treatments are available.
Seborrheic keratosis – noncancerous benign lesions which arise from keratinocytes.
which are induced by sun damage. It may present as slightly raised and uneven surfaced. After assessment, we are able to assist you in the methods of removal.
Birthmarks, Cafe-au-lait macules – Non uniform or splash like appearance with different background of colours. Treatments are available with combined therapy of Light based modality and Laser treatments.
Sun damage – Extensive sun exposure in the early childhood years can cause excess ageing process such as skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, and redness and broken capillaries to name a few. We can reverse sun damamge significantly through a combination of skincare and treatments we offer at Erase.
Naevus, Lentigines, Lentigos – stable lesions with colours ranging to black -light brown. Some appear early in life, others induced by sun or appear later in life. Treatment options will vary according the type of lesion(s), but most likely will be a series of tretment with our medical grade IPL, Q-switch Laser or Fractionated Laser.
We offer a number of options for management of abnormal pigmentation in the skin:
Jan Marini Skincare
Hormonal therapy where appropriate
Medical-grade Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Jan Marini Peel treatment
Pixel Laser System
Clear + Brilliant Laser
Management program tailored to your individual needs
Topical prescription cream
How many treatments will I need and in what interval?
The number of treatments will vary according to the origin of the pigmentation. For sun induced pigmentation, an average of three to five sessions in 4 week interval is normally advised.
Will I need further treatments?
Maintaining the results you get from removing unwanted pigmentation through good SPF sunscreen protection and advised skincare regimen will not only serve as a preventative care but further assist in anti-aging and reversing sun-damage.