Freckles? Sun Spots? Melasma? Melanoma? Cancer?
After that the next step is to diagnose the cause of an increased pigment. Is it a freckle, an age spot or melasma? – the common causes. Then it’s a matter of determining if this is a result of sun exposure, trauma to the skin or as a side effect of certain drugs, or our hormones.
Sun spots, Aged Spots, are medically known as Lentigines, are found on 90% of people over the age of 60, and are caused by exposure to UV rays.
Melasma. Is caused by pregnancy thyroid dysfunction, as a side effect to taking birth control pills, hormone therapy. While often more difficult to treat, we have many options to consider.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Following some trauma to the skin, from burns, acne, psoriasis, or even some skin treatments, excessive pigment can from tin the skin, this is generally readily treatable.
Melanoma. A highly dangerous skin cancer formed from melanoncytes in our skin. Any newly developed pigmented area on your body should always be checked by our doctors, in order to seek early treatment which is so vital for the best outcome.
Seborrhoeric Keratosis These are brown warty like raised unsightly lesions that occur commonly in older people. It’s important to distinguish these from melanomas. They are readily removed with lasers, but cryotherapy and surgery are sometimes used.
Seborrhoeic keratosis are brown, Birthmarks and Acquired Pigmented Lesions. Pigmented lesions can be present from birth, or appear in childhood or later adult life. Our expert medical team, can help diagnose these less common conditions. Café au lait spots, Congential Melanocytic Naevi, Hori’s Macules, or Naevi of Ota.
Treatment options that will be discussed with you:
- Laser treatments
- Skin Care products or Lightening Agents.
- Skin Peels
- Prescription medicines
- How to limit your exposure to UV rays
- Review of medications and hormone treatments
Lasers and Medical Grade Lightening Skin Creams are the two commonest approaches in dealing with non-cancerous hyperpigmentation. Creams fade the pigmented area and are free of harmful effects, but the process takes longer. Laser treatments after a short post-treatment healing phase, can completely clear the pigment, which returns to normal skin after one week. The simple, effective and rapid results from our Medlite Q-Switched or MPX Elite Lasers will surprise and please.
Treatments can occur on skin in any region of the body.
Laser treatments are not without a slight risk of loss of pigmentation and scarring, but the choice of this treatment option depends upon the type of pigment, the choice of which laser, and the skill of the laser operator. Avail yourself of our skin consultation and rule out something sinister or discover what can be done with those unsightly blemishes you always wished weren’t there.