Treatment: Improving Pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is an issue for many. It means an increase in the brown colour of the skin usually unevenly or unexpectedly. When it is extreme it can negatively impact a person's self-esteem and quality of life.

To book offline, call our Skin Health and Allergy centre directly on: 020 3653 2007

Enquiries: bookings.skinhealthallergy@onewelbeck.com

Why you might need?

Hyperpigmentation is an issue for many. It means an increase in the brown colour of the skin usually unevenly or unexpectedly. When it is extreme it can negatively impact a person's self-esteem and quality of life.

It is an exceptionally common problem: genetically some people have a skin type that is prone to pigmentation with increasing age and photodamage and this presents as a mottled irregular pigmentation and areas of “sun spots' '. Sunspots occur in up to 90% of the population over the age of 60. 

Melasma is a very common skin disorder, especially among pregnant women. It usually starts between 20 and 40 years of age and affects around 10% of the population. It most often occurs during a woman’s reproductive years and is usually as a result of a  combination of genetic predisposition, exposure to UV radiation and visible light, pregnancy and hormonal therapies (OCP). 

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a disruption to the colour of the skin because of a previous inflammatory or traumatic condition to the skin, the darker the underlying skin type then the longer the post-inflammatory changes take to clear. 

Treatment Info

Once an understanding of your particular skin type and having the correct diagnosis has been established then we move to treatment.

The key treatments are:

  • Optimising topical medical skin care 
  • Oral medications in some cases
  • Energy based devices, like lasers are chosen, they can leave a small scab on the surface and stimulate pigment removal 

Treatment Aftercare

In many cases the result can be permanent if a strict skin care routine of sun protection is adhered to, for others if this is not possible the skin may need to be treated on a repeated basis.

Treatment Recovery

The treatment of melasma encompasses a strict skincare routine with additional help with oral medications and/or laser energy. This regime when utilised correctly has been demonstrated to show improvement in melasma in 90% of cases.

For individuals with sunspots the areas of pigmentation usually clear after one or treatments. Individuals with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation usually require multiple treatments.

Treatment Programme
Improving Pigmentation

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Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.

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Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.

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Consultation Required

For this treatment you will need to have a 1-to-1 consultation at OneWelbeck first. To book in with our team of expert clinicians or to find out more about the process contact the relevant centre team.

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Self Referral

No doctor referral needed in order to book this service, although health insurers may require a referral in order for your treatment to be covered.

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Next Day Availability

We usually have next day availability for this service, please call us to check availability.

Improving Pigmentation Specialists

Our consultants are all either heads of service at London teaching hospitals, or have played major roles in clinical innovation, employing their collective expertise, knowledge and deep experience to deliver the best care possible.