Pigmentation

Sun damage, ageing, pregnancy and acne are just some of the things that can predispose to discolouration of the skin.

UV rays damage melanocytes (cells producing melanin- the skin’s pigment) therefore making them produce too much in some areas and less in other. Pigmentation should to be treated with expert care. Honest advice, treatment selection and delivery is vital for safe and effective results.

Treatments

Clinical Skin Care System

The foundation of any good skin condition treatment is good skin care. The ZO Skin Health Redness program aims to reduce oil production with fuels rosacea, reduce pore size, addressed redness and improve collagen production.

Step 1

Get Skin Ready. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone

Step 2

Correct. Depending on the degree of pigmentation as well as the commitment you are prepared to dedicate, our doctors may start on an aggressive program which will include Hydroquinone and Tretinoin (powerful retinoid) or a less aggressive line using botanical skin brightening agents.

Step 3

Protect, protect, protect. Sun screen.

ZO Skin Health Pigmentation Program starts at £560. Products will last 4 month. Complementary ZO stimulator peel included in the price.

Clinical Skin Care System

The foundation of any good skin condition treatment is good skin care. The ZO Skin Health Redness program aims to reduce oil production with fuels rosacea, reduce pore size, addressed redness and improve collagen production.

Step 1

Get Skin Ready. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone

Step 2

Correct. Depending on the degree of pigmentation as well as the commitment you are prepared to dedicate, our doctors may start on an aggressive program which will include Hydroquinone and Tretinoin (powerful retinoid) or a less aggressive line using botanical skin brightening agents.

Step 3

Protect, protect, protect. Sun screen.

ZO Skin Health Pigmentation Program starts at £560. Products will last 4 month. Complementary ZO stimulator peel included in the price.

Chemical Peels

Depending on the degree of pigmentation, chemical peels may be discussed. The aim of chemical peels are to start to remove the pigment form the top layers of skin, as well as get to the deeper layers where the damaged melanin producing cells are and effectively destroy them, stopping them from laying down pigment. The deeper peels (ZO 3 Step Peels and Zo Control Depth Peels) also serve to remove the skin layers damaged by pigment.

This patient benefited from the ZO Brightening program for her melasma as well as a 3 step peel.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL describes a spectrum of light wavelengths. Certain colours of light are attracted to pigmented lesions. This will destroy the pigment, therefore clearing away the lesion. We use the M22 IPL system by Lumenis Lasers. It is one of the most advanced IPL systems technology has developed to date.

Treatment Time: 10-30 minutes

Down Time: 24 hours of some redness. Pigmentation will get darker and fade of 7-10 days.

Anaesthetic Required: None

Duration of results: When used with the ZO Skin Care System (correcting and protecting skin) the results would last indefinitely.

This patient benefited from the ZO Brightening program for her melasma as well as a 3 step peel.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) FAQ’s

Laser is light of a specific wavelength which makes it very good at dealing with individual targets e.g. the pigment in hair. IPL contains a range of wavelengths which makes it perfect for dealing with a range of targets e.g. red broken veins and brown pigmentation.

This will depend on the severity of your condition but you should expect a significant improvement after 4 treatments. Some will get a good improvement after just one.

The treatment head of the Lumenis M22 IPL system has chill technology to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. Treatment may feel an elastic band being flicked onto the skin

This will depend on the condition you are treating. Sun/age spots will start improve just a few days after treatment.

No matter how well you protect your skin, as time goes by, these problems will slowly return but can be kept at bay when using clinical skin care. Occasional top-up treatments once or twice a year may be required.

Immediately after, your face will be pink/red as if you have mild sunburn. This settles over the next 24-48hrs. Pigmentation will get darker and fade of 7-10 days.