Treat dark patches, freckles and sun spots
Pigmentation often refers to an increase in the skins colour, also known as melanin. Melanin, produced by cells called melanocytes, can be increased due to sun exposure, hormonal stimulation or trauma.
Changes in the skin related to increased pigmentation include freckles (ephelides), moles (nevi), age or sun spots (senile & solar lentingo), post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIHP) and melasma (chloasma or ‘pregnancy mask’), just to name a few.
An individual’s ability to produce pigment is influenced by genetics and heightened with regular and extended sun exposure (ie. regular, extended stimulation of the melanocytes to produce melanin/pigment). Therefore, treatment of pigmentation such as freckles is ongoing, in that you must continue to protect your skin from producing further freckles once in-clinic treatments have removed or lightened them.
Frequently asked questions
Can I start treatments Fraxel treatments for pigmentation immediately?
Depending on your genetically determined skin colour and the underlying cause of your pigmentation, treatment will either be able to begin immediately or you will be required to prep your skin for 4-6 weeks.
Do you offer a consultation prior to Fraxel treatment for pigmentation?
Prior to proceeding with Fraxel, the clinician will perform a skin consultation with you to determine you suitability for Fraxel treatment. At this time you will be able to ask any questions you may have and gain an estimate of the number of treatments you will need and cost involved.
What should I expect during Fraxel treatment for pigmentation?
Before your Fraxel treatment you will have a numbing cream applied for 45-60 minutes. The duration of the actual laser treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated (5-60 minutes). During the treatment the clinician will roll over the skin with the Fraxel handpiece a number of times while refrigerated air is blown onto the skin.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after the treatment your skin will feel warm, much like sunburn. You will be offered icepacks to cool and sooth the area treated. A calming topical will be applied to your skin. Your skin will appear pink and some puffiness (swelling) may also be apparent. Your clinician will give you at-home care instruction to follow.
In the days following the procedure some remaining pinkness will be present and hyperpigmented areas, such as freckles, may darken. The skin will feel dry and sandpaper-like and then on day 4-7 will peel/flake, leaving the new baby-smooth skin, with reduced darkened patches.