Sun Damage/ Age Spots
Pigmentation/ hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition
where some areas or patches of the skin become darker in colour. It
is usually a harmless condition caused by an over-production of the
pigment, melanin, on the surface of the skin.
The condition affects all different skin types and
Different types of pigmentation:
A skin condition presenting as brown
patches on the faces of adults. This usually occurs in women, with
only 10% of men being affected. Often women taking the
contraceptive pill or with an IUD experience this. It becomes more
prominent with sun exposure and in the summer months.
Some women overproduce melanin
during and and develop chloasma (the mask of pregnancy) on their
faces and occasionally on their abdomen.
Solar Lentigines: (Sun Damage)
sometimes called liver spots, develop on the skin following damage
from the sun rays. They are usually found on the hands and face or
other areas exposed to the sun.
: Are a common and hereditary skin
blemish which some people seek to reduce.
hyperpigmentation occurs following trauma to the skin. It commonly
occurs after acne spots, lesions or aggressive skin
treatments or wrong use of products.
Ultimate Skin Clinic offer a free skin assessment to
determine the cause of your pigmentation and can advise the
appropriate course of treatment.
The consultation will be carried out in complete confidence and
your dedicated specialist will answer any questions or concerns you
may have. A personal skin care programme will then be devised to
suit your requirements.
Treatment options available:
• Laser IPL
• Skin resurfacers/peels
• LED light therapy
• Home care solutions.
Q: How can pigmentation be treated?
A: Non-invasive and safe, a course of MPL
(Multiple Pulsed Light) combined with radio frequency, can
dramatically reduce pigmentation on the face, neck, hands, back and
chest, and is suitable for men and women. Or the use of skin
lightening products and professional skin resurfacing treatments
maybe an option or the totally pain free option of LED light
therapy is also available.
Q: How does MPL work?
A: The light energy from the MPL system is
absorbed by the pigmentation in the freckles, sun spots or liver
spots. When the pigmented area absorbs the light and is heated, the
pigment is then broken down and removed by the normal process of
cell renewal. The pigmented area turns darker and may crust over
following treatment. Over the course of a few days to a couple of
weeks the area will gradually flake away leaving little or no
Q: Will I need time off work for this
A: There is no downtime for any of the
treatments on offer. In some cases there may be slight redness but
this usually disappears after a few hours. There can also be
some itching for a short period.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The number of treatments depends on the size
of the area and how long it has been present. Your specialist will
advise on this during initial consultation. Treatments are spaced
every 4-6 weeks and usually 3-6 are required.
Ask your specialist
for discounted rates for booking a course.