let's talk Pigmentation
Brown and liver-colored spots on the skin of your face and hands are harmless, but can make you look older than you are. These pigment spots are called 'age spots' for nothing. They are created under the influence of UV light.They are round or oval in shape and have a diameter of 1 millimeter to 1 centimeter, grayish or light to dark brown in color.
They mainly appear on the face, hands and décolletage, areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to sunlight.
Pigmentation spots can also develop under the influence of hormones or after the skin has been damaged.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs in places where the skin has been damaged: after an abrasion or burn, or after an acne. During the healing of the trauma, substances are released that not only ensure skin repair, but also stimulate pigment production.
And then there is often a condition called melasma. It shows as erratic dark brown spots on the face, occurring during a change in the hormone balance, like pregnancy or menopause. Sometimes a melasma goes away on its own, and then you're in luck, because this form of hyperpigmentation is difficult (but not impossible) to treat.
There are therefore various causes for a local excess of pigment. However, no matter the cause, the spots can always be treated – some easier than others.
The treatments for pigmentation spots aim to remove or destroy the excess pigment in the skin. To inhibit pigment production and ensure that the spots do not come back, we provide certain skin care products at home after the treatment. And, of course, it is examined whether the stains are not malicious in nature.
- VI peel and PRX peels are “ gold standard” treatments for hyperpigmentation. With these peels, a substance is applied to the skin, resulting in removal of The top layer of the skin with excess pigment in it. Chemical peel also lightened the skin and accelerates cell division. As a result, the epidermis renews itself at an increased rate.
Depending on your skin type, you can also opt for microneedling. In addition, very small, vibrating needles glide over the skin that stimulate skin renewal. The top layer of skin flakes off (with pigment and all).
- IPL (intense pulsed light) is – just like laser – a form of light therapy. The mechanism of action is based on the same principle: light energy is converted into heat. And the heat generated by ipl causes pigmentation to fade or disappear.
- The Alexandrite laser is the gold standard for removing pigment spots. This mainly concerns the reduction of age spots and sun damage. The pigment absorbs the laser beam and converts it into heat, destroying the pigment cells, causing disappearance of the pigmented spot.