Hyperpigmentation can occur in different areas of the body and can present as anything from moles to the hormonally driven condition of melasma.
Knowing what they are and look like helps you to identify who you need to see in a specialist skin clinic.
This is something that the Harley Street Skin Clinic comes into contact with daily. Knowing who to see at consultation is key to a successful treatment plan. In some instances, the aesthetic therapist can deal with your concern and others might require the plastic surgeon. We have skin care specialists that can take a look and guide you through the different types of hyperpigmentation and treatment options as there is not a one fits all scenario.
Brown or deeper pigmented lesion present as one of the following:
- Sun spots
- Seborrheic keratoses
They each have a unique treatment pathway.
Sunspots and melasma can be treated using non-invasive technology and an experienced medical aesthetic therapist is trained to treat these conditions.
Most of us have a genetic tendency to develop hyperpigmentation but as a rough guide, your skin colouration will be a good non-specialist guide to predisposition. Lighter complexions are on the whole susceptible to freckles and sun spots and mid olive to darker skin tones are more susceptible to melasma.
Treatment of hyperpigmentation requires a vast array of knowledge and can be challenging but there is one thing in common no mater your skin tone, if you have a tendency to hyperpigmentation then sun exposure will make it worse. So, in the long term avoiding the sun will give you the upper hand and improve long term outcomes no matter the treatment being advocated. Just one to two days of sun exposure can set you back on the treatment spectrum by weeks or even months.
Seborrheic keratoses also known as SK’s and moles require some form of minimally invasive intervention. Our experienced aesthetic therapist Karen Nosworthy has been trained to read and map moles and will refer these to the correct medical colleague for treatment.
Being able to recognise, diagnose and set you on the right treatment pathway gives you the best outcome and is paramount to a successful treatment.
If you have a question why not call into our clinic at 16 Bell Street Reigate for a free consultation with one of our team.