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Skin Pigmentation

Skin Pigmentation

See your skin at its smoothest

Would you love a smooth even skin tone? Illuminate provides many treatments which can help you achieve a smoother complexion; with all treatment built to suit you, based on your pigmentation and skin type.

What is Pigmentation and how can it be treated?

Pigmentation means brown discolouration of the skin. It can take several main forms such as:

  • Freckles, brown sun damage, solar lentigos due to excessive UV exposure
  • Melasma / Chloasma
  • Raised brown lesions
  • PIH (Post inflammatory pigmentation)


Why Choose Illuminate for Skin Pigmentation?

At Illuminate our qualified staff will assist you in classifying Pigmentation as epidermal (superficial), dermal (deep), or a mixture of the two. As a result treatment plans will be aimed at reducing and improving unwanted pigmentation.

The mode of treatment used will depend on patient preference, patient risk tolerance, and the type of pigmentation treated. Pigmentation can be treated on any part of the face or body, including the neck, decolletage, back, and back of hands*.

Freckles, brown sun damage, solar lentigos due to excessive UV exposure

These are best treated with IPL or pigment laser technique. The aim of these treatments is to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin and firm up the skin by way of collagen stimulation.

Melasma / Chloasma

Melasma is a skin condition with skin discolouration: patchy areas of darker skin, often on the forehead, cheeks and upper lips and chin. It mostly occurs in women in their reproductive years (20-50).

Chloasma is melasma that is triggered during pregnancy. Melasma mostly occurs in those with olive or darker skin tones like Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern individuals. At Illuminate we have a specific regime for the treatment of melasma*.

    • Skin lightening agents Including tretinoin/hydroquinone, kojic acid, vitamin C etc
    • Regular exfoliation treatments:microdermabrasion and peels
    • Skin needling with use of lightening agents
    • Sonophoresis/iotophoresis with use of lightening agents
    • Fractional laser and BBL

Raised brown lesions

To remove a raised lesion by laser, an ablative laser is required. At Illuminate, we use an erbium laser.

Common raised brown lesions are Seborrheoic Keratoses (old age/senile warts) and moles. If there is any sign that a pigmented lesion is dysplastic or a melanoma or skin cancer, then a sample of the lesion or the entire lesion needs to be examined. In this case we will send it for histology.

PIH (Post inflammatory pigmentation)

This can occur after any kind of inflammation of the skin in someone who is predisposed to it. People with darker skin tones, i.e. Fitzpatrick 3 and greater, will be more susceptible to PIH. Major causes of inflammation of the skin are vast e.g. waxing, laser, peels, IPL scratches and burns.

We use a program similar to our melasma protocol for treatment of PIH.

Tighter and Healthier Skin

Produces firmer, smoother and younger looking skin with each treatment. No lengthy downtime and no anaesthesia required with minimal discomfort.

Easily targets small areas and no unwanted side effects.

Younger looking skin with more even colouring*.

The look you want is waiting for you.

Disclaimer: The examples and results shown and discussed on this website are examples only. We advise that all results vary from individual to individual. The information provided on and through this website is designed to be informational only and in no way replaces medical advice. Do not use this website as a substitute for medical advice. Please always seek consultation with a qualified medical practitioner.

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