In its various forms, skin hyperpigmentation affects over 80 per cent of women over the age of 25 and is rated the number two skin concern after facial wrinkles. So, regardless of your age, skin type, or complexion, it will probably affect you at some point in your life.
Hyperpigmentation refers to changes in the melanin content and distribution on the skin, which results in unsightly brown spots and marks, usually on the face. There are four major types: post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), age spots, freckles and melasma.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PIH describes a condition of hyperpigmentation caused by trauma to the skin, for example by shaving, acne or some aggressive aesthetic treatments. In response, the skin initiates a healing response or inflammation, and there is a healing rush of immune cells, blood, and nutrients to the site of attack. PIH usually heals of its own accord, although in some it can last a longtime and may need some treatment to encourage its resolution.
Age spots (or liver spots)
Environmental damage from exposure to sunlight or pollution can spontaneously initiate the formation of age spots over time. Unlike PIH, age spots occur with no incidence of trauma. Instead, their creation stems from years of environmental impact. Stressors such as UV light and air pollution accelerate the ageing of skin cells, causing the production of melanin. Many say they are a tell-tale sign of age, and if you are concerned about their appearance, you can now have them treated effectively.
Freckles are caused by excess melanin on the skin and can be from genetics or excess sun exposure. While freckles are considered cute by many, if you’re self-conscious about them, now you can take action.
This is pigmentation that is deeper in the skin’s dermis and it often appears on the face as larger brown patches with a non-distinct border. This type of pigmentation is more common in women. Although exact causes are unknown, it is often linked to hormonal imbalances and can be made worse with sun exposure, some medications, pregnancy and stress.
While there are many topical treatments available to treat some of these brown spots, including specific creams and peels, we find the PicoWay offers an effective solution for most types of pigmentation and for most skin types.
PicoWay is an advanced treatment based on the latest picosecond laser technology, capitalising on the predominant effect of the photoacoustic over the photothermal effectof traditional laser treatments. It is truly versatile and completely customisable for different skin types, offering a fast and effective treatment with relatively low to no downtime, minimal discomfort, and high patient satisfaction. The results may be noticed even after a single treatment.
How does PicoWay work?
PicoWay’s unique mode of action is based on delivering ultra-short picosecond pulses of energy to the tissue. These bursts of energy create a photoacoustic impact which breaks up the target pigment into smaller, more easily eliminated particles. Less heat is generated, resulting in fewer side effects and minimal discomfort. Even the smallest pigment fragments will shatter, resulting in more complete clearance.
If you are concerned with your brown spots, talk to one of our staff members today about this targeted solution for hyperpigmentation issues.
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