What is Skin Pigmentation?
Pigmentation simply refers to the colour that appears on your skin. Pigmentation disorders can affect the colour of your skin in different areas where less or more melanin is present. Melanin causes the skin to be darker and can create pigmentation issues if the melanin in your skin cells become damaged or unhealthy.
What is Skin Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation refers to when some areas of the skin are darker than others. “Hyper” means “more,” meaning more colour is released from your skin cells, appearing as brown, black, red, grey, or pink patches. These patches can turn into age spots, liver spots, sun spots, freckles, acne, scars, rosacea, or port wine stains, amongst other conditions.
Pigmentation Treatments at Skin Matters
Why Choose Skin Matters for Pigmentation Treatments?
Vancouver’s Pigmentation & Hyperpigmentation Specialists
Our talented doctors bring with them a combined 55+ years of experience in medical aesthetics, with decades of expertise in clinical medicine and treatments that help reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation concerns. The Skin Matters resident pigmentation experts are comprised of Dr. Cheng, Dr. Liew, and Dr. Yong, who aim to give you the best results in a comfortable clinic setting.
What Causes Skin Pigmentation Problems?
Some pigmentation problems are temporary, such as a small scar or sunburn, but others can affect your entire body or certain areas of the body permanently. Some reasons for pigmentation problems include:
- Addison’s disease.
- Prolonged sun exposure.
- Broken blood vessels/veins.
- Hormonal issues.
- Other skin conditions.
Types of Skin Pigmentation Problems
Some examples of pigmentation problems that people struggle with include:
- Vitiligo, which presents as a loss of skin colour in patches.
- Melasma, which presents as blue/grey spots.
- Albinism, which can cause the skin and hair to turn white.
- Hyperpigmentation, which can present as dark spots on the skin.
- Sun/age spots/freckles, which present as brown spots where the skin has been exposed to the sun.
- Rosacea, which is caused by visible blood vessels in the face giving a “flushed” effect.
- Scarring/acne scarring, which is caused by injury or acne and can present first as red and turn to white.
- Port wine stains, which present as a red wine-coloured blotch on the skin, typically as a birthmark.
Areas Affected by Skin Pigmentation Problems
Skin pigmentation concerns and chronic skin conditions can affect any part of the body or face, including areas that are exposed to the sun regularly like your hands, face, shoulders, chest, and scalp.
Can skin pigmentation issues be removed permanently?
The majority of Skin Matters patients who seek out skin pigmentation treatments leave with permanently removed spots, blotches, or scars on the surface of their skin. When using effective treatments and the latest technology, you can expect the majority of your skin pigmentation issues to be removed permanently. At worst, the pigment will fade drastically to the point where any issues are barely visible.
How much does a pigmentation treatment cost?
Your skin pigmentation treatment cost will depend on your specific concerns, the size of the treatment area, and which treatment plan you opt for. Book a consultation with the Skin Matters team to find out the cost of your treatment plan.
What is the quickest way to get rid of hyperpigmentation?
The quickest way to get rid of hyperpigmentation depends on the size of the treatment area and severity of your concerns. Chemical peels, laser therapy, and other skin treatments offered by Skin Matters are all effective, quick options that boast minimal procedure time and downtime.
Can pigmentation come back after treatment?
This depends entirely on your treatment approach. If you go to a professional clinic like Skin Matters and receive an effective treatment like a chemical peel or laser therapy, the likelihood of your pigmentation concerns returning is extremely low. Pigment can take up to years to fade, but will still be removed permanently after your treatment. New spots can be created, but old spots will not return.
Is an acne scar treatment painful?
You may experience minimal pain during your scar removal treatment, similar to snapping an elastic on your skin. However, this pain will be gone in an hour or two after your treatment.