Treatments

Laser Pigmentation Removal

The concerns we can treat

  • Melasma
  • Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Cafe au Lait
  • Age Spots
  • Solar Lentigo
  • Nevus of Ota
  • Freckles
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Red Spots

*PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to remove/treat any raised lesion or mole/wart other than seborrheic keratosis.*

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Pigmentation Removal In Norwich

There are many reasons for pigmentation on the face, and in this day and age facial laser treatments are the most successful therapy.

At Norwich Face and Body Clinic, we have the exclusive Q10 Laser, a high-power Nd: YAG laser with four wavelengths. The Q10 Laser effectively treats an array of skin conditions such as Vascular lesions, Rosacea, Melasma, Inflammatory Acne, Epidermal Pigmentation, Freckle Lightening, Age Spots and Hyper-Pigmentation with minimum pain and downtime.

How it works
Norwich Laser Pigmentation Removal works by targeting the pigmentation within the skin. 
The laser penetrates through the skin down to the pigment and breaks it into particles. 
Once the pigmentation has been broken down, the immune system recognises it as waste and works hard to flush the particles out of the body.
At each visit, the pigment is broken down further into smaller particles until the area of pigmentation is minimally visible, if at all.
The process can take 1-3 treatments.
 
It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle during treatment to ensure that the immune system has the best possible chance to remove these waste particles. The speed at which the pigment is removed will depend a great deal on this.

We offer telephone or face to face consultations; enabling you to come along and meet the team to discuss any queries you may have, and to ensure that the most suitable treatment is prescribed.

All machines and equipment within our Norwich Clinic are Medical grade, CE and FDA approved.

What to expect.

The pigmentation removal itself is a quick procedure taking from 1-10 minutes, depending on the size and severity of the pigmentation.

Most clients compare getting laser pigmentation removal to the feeling of a warm pin being placed onto the skin.

Common side effects of laser pigmentation removal include:

  • Tingling sensations similar to sunburn
  • Light ‘frosting’, drying into scabs
  • Itching
  • Mild skin discolouration

If you experience these effects, it is essential to remember that these are common. Although these effects may be mildly uncomfortable, they positively signal your skin’s adaptability and its ability to respond to the treatment correctly.

In addition, it is also important to note that directly following the procedure the skin that has been treated will turn a white ‘frost’ colour. Do not be alarmed—this is normal. In most cases, this will only last a few minutes.

What Else Can I Expect within the First Few Days?

Your treated skin may be slightly tender the first few days after receiving your Norwich Laser Pigmentation Removal procedure with our skin and laser specialists.

After the Laser Pigmentation Removal treatment, is it essential to avoid hot showers, baths or soaking your skin for 24 hours. When you do shower, try to keep the treated skin out of the direct stream of water.

The area might be slightly inflamed, dry and/or red in colour. Once the treatment area scabs over avoid unnecessary contact. These scabs commonly fall off between 10 – 14 days after your treatment.

Avoid sun exposure during the entire course of treatment.

FAQ's

DO: Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of factor 30-50 daily. Shower/bathe pre-treatment, ensuring the skin is clean, hair, lotion and self-tan free.  DO NOT: Use any form of exfoliants and/or any other products that may be drying or irritating to the skin for 48 hours pre-treatment. The specific use of gentle products will be advised during your appointment. Expose the area to sun or sun tanning beds for four weeks prior to treatment. We recommend this indefinitely. The risk of hyper/hypo pigmentation (lightening or darkening of the skin) significantly increases with sun exposure.  Undertake Waxing or Electrolysis on the area for 5-7 days pre-treatment. Pre and post care will be discussed at your consultation appointment verbally and confirmed via email before and after your appointment.
DO: Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated. Remove/change any dressings 24/48 hours post-treatment. Before removing the dressing, wash hands with soap and water, carefully remove the dressing, gently clean the area with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of factor 30-50 daily. Keep the area clean (using warn water only), dry and covered where possible. DO NOT: Use any form of exfoliants and/or any other products that may be drying or irritating to the skin for 4-6 weeks post treatment. The specific use of gentle products will be advised during your appointment. Expose the area to sun or sun tanning beds for the duration of the course of removal. We recommend this indefinitely. The risk of hyper/hypo pigmentation (lightening or darkening of the skin) significantly increases with sun exposure.  Undertake Waxing or Electrolysis on the area for 4-6 weeks pre-treatment. Try not to bump, stretch or pick the treated area. Use steam rooms, saunas, hot baths, showers and heavy exercise for 24-48 hours post-treatment. The post-treatment response will vary from client to client, depending on the size and type of treatment and the skin's sensitivity. Within the first few hours, ice packs protected with a cloth may be applied as necessary to reduce soreness & swelling. Do not put ice directly on the area; make sure there is a towel or cloth between the ice and your skin.  What to expect  Please be aware that you may experience one or more of the following: •Day 1-7 As the unwanted pigment moves to the skin surface, it will appear much darker. You may experience redness, swelling, discomfort, skin frosting, white/grey discolouration, skin darkening, itching/irritation. Keep the area clean and dry. •Day 8-14 As the pigmentation gradually moves to the skin surface, you will experience skin darkening, light irritation, dryness/scabbing to the treatment area. Gently clean the area using a mild fragrance/acid-free cleanser morning and evening. Do not apply any moisturisers or lotions to the area while the scab is in place. The area must be kept clean and dry.  •Day 15-30 The pigmentation scabs will peel off naturally by this point. The skin may appear slightly lighter or pink for some days after this, and gradually, normal skin texture and appearance will be apparent. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Once the scab has displaced, continue with regular skincare products and lotions. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF to the area daily. Pre and post care will be discussed at your consultation appointment verbally and confirmed via email before and after your appointment.
Solar lentigo is a harmless patch of darkened skin. It results from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes local proliferation of melanocytes and accumulation of melanin within the skin cells (keratinocytes). Solar lentigos or lentigines are very common, especially in people over the age of 40 years.
Nevus of Ota, also known as nevus fuscoceruleus opthalmomaxillaris, represents a benign partially confluent macular brown-blue pigmentation of the skin and mucous membranes in the distribution of the first and second branches of the trigeminal nerve.
A seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik ker-uh-TOE-sis) is a common noncancerous skin growth. People tend to get more of them as they get older. Seborrheic keratoses are usually brown, black or light tan. The growths look waxy, scaly and slightly raised. They usually appear on the head, neck, chest or back. Seborrheic keratoses are harmless and not contagious.
Café-au-lait spots are uniformly pigmented, tan to dark brown macules which vary in size from small, freckle-like lesions to large patches 20 cm or more in diameter.
Melasma (also known as chloasma faciei or the mask of pregnancy when present in pregnant women) is a tan or dark skin discolouration. Melasma is thought to be caused by sun exposure, genetic predisposition, hormone changes, and skin irritation. Although it can affect anyone, melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral or patch contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.
Small amounts of sun exposure can make melasma return to the skin after it has faded, which is why people with melasma often get it again and again, particularly in the summer. Pregnant women often get melasma, or chloasma, known as the mask of pregnancy.
There are several reasons why wrinkles occur, the main one being less production of the proteins collagen and elastin. Both are important proteins for enabling the skin to ‘bounce back' from a facial movement such as smiling or frowning. As we age, the skin isn’t as readily able to produce collagen and elastin, making wrinkles more likely. Whilst skin lines occur naturally throughout life, certain lifestyle choices hasten and worsen their appearance. The most obvious are smoking and excessive sunbathing without the use of SPF protection. Skin that is unprotected from UVA rays becomes dry and flaky due to it losing the essential oils and moisture that keeps it looking supple. The nicotine in smoking, meanwhile, narrows blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. This results in it not receiving as much oxygen and nutrients, like vitamin A, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. As you age, it is often necessary to use penetrating serums and hydrators that reach deeper into the dermis to deliver nutrients essential for maintaining skin health. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a lot of fruit containing vitamin C - like oranges - as this stimulates collagen production naturally.
Sunbathing without SPF protection for more extended periods means overexposure to UVA rays from the sun. UVA rays stimulate pigment cells called melanocytes to produce more melanin. Melanin is what gives sun lovers a tan, but overexposure to the sun can also cause melanin overproduction, resulting in unwanted dark patches (age spots). Skin which is unprotected from UVA rays also ages much faster, with both drooping and wrinkles becoming more prevalent. This dry, flaky look is due to skin losing the essential oils and moisture that keeps it looking supple. Long-term and unprotected overexposure to the sun can also reduce the skin’s ability to produce collagen - the main structural protein found in the skin. The best way to protect skin from sun damage, including age spots and early wrinkling, is to apply a moisturiser containing SPF protection daily. Norwich Face and Body Clinic has an excellent range of skin products with UVA protection which have been specially recommended by our expert dermatologists.
Recent research has shown that the triggering of skin peptides - which are molecules within the skin - can aggravate the condition. This is because the triggering of skin peptides can, in turn, trigger the skin’s immune system, causing an immune response and excess redness. Activators of peptides are thought to include; UV light from the sun, spicy food, heat or the cold, stress, alcohol (especially red wine) and strenuous exercise. The condition is more common in women (often aged between 30 and 50) than it is in men. Unfortunately, the condition itself currently has no cure, but innovative treatment can help to improve symptoms drastically. Norwich Face and Body Clinic aim to help those diagnosed with rosacea to manage their symptoms with the aid of pioneering skincare products and treatments.
Acne consists of blackheads, whiteheads, and deeper pustules such as cysts. Whereas blackheads and whiteheads denote a more superficial infection, cysts are infections that go deeper into the dermis. When blackheads or whitehead spots break, the pore swells and the follicle wall ruptures close to the skin’s surface. This usually means that the lesion heals quickly and that there is no scar left behind afterwards. When a cyst ‘breaks’, however, the follicle wall ruptures deeper in the dermis. This results in the infection spilling out underneath the skin, affecting healthy skin tissue. To combat the infection in the dermis, the skin produces more collagen; but this quick-fix healing solution can lead to permanent scarring and long-term pigmentation. Whether cuts and wounds will become scarred tissue also depends on how deep the cut goes into the dermis. Superficial scratches close to the skin’s surface, for instance, will heal relatively quickly and usually don’t leave scars. However, deeper cuts will lead to the production of collagen deeper in the dermis and may result in a red mark or scar. To reduce the likelihood of acne cysts or deep cuts becoming scarred tissue, keep the area clean and try not to squeeze pimples - as this often results in the infection going deeper into the dermis.
Laser resurfacing is an effective method of removing wrinkles from the skin, plumping and lifting. Aged and sagging skin is caused by a depletion in collagen and elastin in the skin layer beneath the surface. Laser Pigmentation Removal works by gently heating through the layers to promote collagen production, which provides a firmer and smoother surface.
Unfortunately we are not able to treat or remove moles, warts or raised lesions other than Seborrheic Keratosis.
Unfortunately not, we do not recommend this treatment during pregnancy.
We advise to delay your removal until three months after pregnancy when your skin will have returned to normal.
The Laser skin treatment cost is determined by the size and severity of the area. We offer telephone or face to face consultations, enabling you to come along and meet the team to discuss any queries you may have and ensure we prescribe the most suitable laser treatment to meet your needs. Treatments start from £65.
We recommend 1-6 treatments every 4 weeks; this will be discussed at your consultation.

If you are interested in this treatment, please feel free to contact us or click below to book a Laser Pigmentation Removal consultation.