Pigmentation treatment includes liver spots, melasma, lentigos, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne pigmentation scarring. These benign pigmented conditions are caused by the melanocytes having an irregular production of melanin. The treatment involves the ‘disabling’ of rogue melanocytes by directing energy of the correct fluency and wavelength to these over-producing melanocytes, which automatically absorb more energy than normal melanocytes because of their darker colour. Following treatment the production of melanin will become normal and the skin will return to its ambient colour. Energy fluency settings sufficient to cause erythema in the ambient skin areas are usually sufficient to disable those melanocytes in the darker skin pigmentation.
Acne (Acne scars)
Acne Vulgaris is an inflammatory skin disease which affects the tiny pores which cover the face, arms, back and chest and the oil glands attached to them. The pores of your skin contain oil glands, which lubricate your hair and skin. Sometimes a pore may become ‘clogged’ with too much oil, dead skin cells, and even bacteria, causing acne.The bacteria responsible for infecting the pores is known as P.Acne, is an anaerobic organism which can be destroyed when oxygen is present. Treatment with IPL using the 530nm filter releases singlet oxygen which destroys the bacteria and assists in the wound healing process.
Dark skin discolouration on sun-exposed areas of the face and neck. Young women with brownish skin tones are at greatest risk. Also known as Chloasma.
Poikiloderma of Civatte
Skin disorder characterized by telangiectasia associated with atrophic changes of the skin as well as irregularity of pigmentation. Commonly found on the upper chest and lateral neck excluding the submental area. It can be caused by chronic sun exposure and use of perfumes or colognes in this area.