Troublesome pigment I find broadly fits into three main categories.
It could be a pesky spot that you want to know for sure is nothing nasty. Until recently Australia was the Melanoma capital of the world; now that dubious honour has now gone to New Zealand. Queensland Institute of Medical Research are world leaders in research in Melanoma and we suggest that you follow our blog if you wish to stay informed in the latest developments in skin cancer research such as melanoma vaccines. Dr Spencer, Dr Mia and Dr Gertrude all conduct skin checks and perform skin surgery if necessary.
Chloasma or melasma otherwise known as hormonal pigment is another reason women come and see us. This is a tricky one to treat and we help you manage the condition.
How Do We Treat Pigment?
Sunscreens are super necessary, vitamin C serum in the morning and a retinol at night is recommended. We also recommend a course of Laser Genesis. Laser Genesis as the name implies is a laser and it has a wavelength of 1064 nm. We recommend a course of six treatments at three to four weekly intervals. Dr Mia, Dr Gertrude and our laser therapist Mary-Ellen are all here to help.
We also recomend the Excel V Laser. Unlike traditional lasers, the excel V laser uses two different wavelengths to allow for a more precise treatment. The excel V’s dual wavelengths produce a green laser light that is easily absorbed by blood vessels, allowing miscellaneous skin spots to be significantly reduced. By entering the blood vessels, the green laser light causes the veins to break down and eventually be absorbed by the body over time.
Lastly, there is dare I say it the age spots. Lots of modalities can help with this. A course of 532 nm laser is very effective. Other treatments which may be discussed during your consultation are peels, IPL, cryotherapy and topical serums. Our receptionists, Donna and Nikki and dermal therapist, Mel, are very knowledgeable about topical serums and all can arrange timely appointments with the appropriate clinicians here at BCMC.