A splash of freckles can be endearing, nevertheless many people with freckles long for skin without pigmentation and find that constantly covering up their freckles becomes a frustrating chore. Freckles appear as small spots of light brown to dark brown pigmentation, typically on the face, chest, shoulders and arms, that become more pronounced with sun exposure.
If you feel that freckles are impacting your self-esteem, you may like to consider speaking with a skin therapist or pigmentation removal expert regarding how to get rid of freckles. We discuss three of the most common reasons why people consult with a pigmentation removal expert and the various treatment solutions.
Types of Pigmentation
There are several types of pigmentation that can be addressed with removal treatment, including:
- Freckles & Lentigines – on the face and décolletage
- Solar Lentigines – sun spots, age spots, liver spots on the face, chest, arms and shoulders
- Café au lait Macules – flat pigmented birthmarks that can appear anywhere on the body
- Melasma – ‘pregnancy mask’ - melasma is caused by hormonal changes mainly during pregnancy and shows up as dark patches on either side of the face
Top Reasons To Consider Pigmentation Removal
Being confident in your skin can have a profoundly positive impact on a person. The three reasons below are perhaps the most common reasons that we hear in our specialist skin clinic.
My freckles / pigmentation make me feel self-conscious.
Skin confidence is a key reason why people consider pigmentation removal treatments and it can affect anyone at any age.
I want the freedom to not wear makeup every day.
Treating pigmentation concerns on the face gives patients the freedom to be more flexible with the amount and frequency of wearing makeup.
I would like a more even complexion.
Even fading dark freckles can make a positive impact on a person's complexion. Sun damage is one of the leading factors in complexion damage and pigment issues. Protecting yourself from the sun is not only important for the health of your skin and for anti-ageing reasons, but also to keep your complexion in top condition.
It's imperative to wear a high-quality sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy outside. To treat freckles and other pigmentation concerns, there are several solutions to consider, as listed below.
- Cosmelan Professional Peel - suitable for most skin types
Cosmelan is a professional depigmentation peel system. It is a two-phase process with the first step performed in the clinic. The Cosmelan 1 peel is applied to the face and left on for 6-10 hours. On the third day the skin will have some extreme peeling. After 7 days the second step using Cosmelan 2 is applied to prevent reoccurrence. This is a tyrosinase inhibitor, which works by sedating the production of excess melanin.
The before and after images you see below are of the actual client and all images are unfiltered. Results may vary from patient to patient.
This client had mild melasma due to sun exposure in the harsh Australian climate.
8 days after Cosmelan Professional Treatment
2 months after Cosmelan Professional Treatment
The skin appearance further improves, as long as a prescribed active skin care routine is maintained. SPF50 sunscreen is essential to protect from the sun.
Before and 2 months after Cosmelan Professional Treatment
To learn more about the Cosmelan Professional Peel and see before and after pictures, read our blog post: How Does Cosmelan Professional Treatment Work?
- GentleMax Pro Laser Treatment - suitable for lighter skin types
Results from clinical studies show very high patient satisfaction, less downtime, diminished pain and fewer side effects than when compared to Q-switched laser treatment.
- PicoWay Laser Treatment - suitable for all skin types, including darker skin tones
Standard lasers are not recommended for darker skin types due to the risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) forming. The PicoWay is the latest generation Picosecond laser. It allows Eden Laser Clinic to safely treat skin pigmentation on all skin types in the shortest time possible. The PicoWay breaks down the pigment in the skin, allowing your body’s immune system to clear it naturally.
Before & After
You can see the results that can be achieved with laser pigmentation removal treatment in the pictures below. Results will vary from patient to patient. We recommend you speak to a qualified skin therapist to have your skin analysed and discuss what treatment would be best for your particular skin condition and the result you want to achieve.
Come in and see the skin experts at Eden Laser Clinic for a free consultation. We offer personalised skin care strategies to treat your skin concerns. During your free consultation we will discuss with you how many treatments are needed, a written quote with cost and specific information you will need to follow before, during and after your treatment.
To book your complimentary consultation, click below to book online now or call our friendly team on 02 8020 5805.