Skin pigmentation refers to the colouration of skin. Your skin colour is determined by the levels of melanin in your skin cells. If the cells are healthy, your skin will appear normal. If, however, skin cells become unhealthy or damaged your skin may turn lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation), both of which are recognised skin disorders. Vitiligo is a type of hypopigmentation, where the skin cells are destroyed, and causing pronounced white patches to appear on the body.
Hormonal changes and excessive exposure to sunlight can also cause skin pigmentation issues, resulting in dark patches or spots on the skin.
Skin pigmentation problems can occur anywhere on the body, but when present on visible areas such as the face, they can be a source of embarrassment. Problems can be relieved byskin peels or laser treatments, depending on the type of discolouration. A full skin analysis should carried out under a specialist skin scanner to determine whether your pigmentation is in the epidermis (meaning it is more easily removeable) or deeper down (making it more difficult to remove). The results of the skin scan will then determine the type of treatment offered to achieve the best results.
Laser resurfacing uses a powerful laser to remove the top layers of skin, revealing the undamaged skin beneath and encouraging cell regeneration. We also offer Fraxel Laser Treatment, which pinpoints target areas of skin (rather than the whole area) and encourages the promotion of new collagen.
Chemical skin peels provide an accelerated form of exfoliation, which remove the outer layers of skin, fading or eliminating discolouration and restoring an even skin tone.
It is important that both your skin scan and any treatments are carried out by an expert specialist clinic in order to get the correct treatment for you.