Skin Conditions - Pigmentation
Pigmentation are spots that usually occur on the most exposed areas of the body, such as hands, face, shoulders, and neck. It is a skin discoloration that usually appear as blotchy brown or pinkish marks. Genetics, ageing, sun damage or hormonal changes (such as pregnancy) contribute to these changes. The darkening is caused by cells called melanocytes producing an excess of melanin in a specific area.
There are many forms and types of pigmentation, with the most common being age spots, liver spots, freckles, and sun spots. With new laser technology, the majority of these pigmented lesions can now be safely removed after only a few short treatments. By using the lasers' specific wavelength energy, the pigmented lesion can be specifically targeted without damaging surrounding tissue.
The laser treatment is usually well tolerated. Laser safety is ensured by having specially designed protective goggles during the procedure. Pulses of light are delivered via a handpiece that is held close to the skin.