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SKIN PIGMENTATION & SUN DAMAGE

Imbalances of melanin in the skin can lead to inconsistent pigment changes, resulting in patchy skin colour changes as well as sun spots.

Age Spots / Sun Spots

Otherwise known as solar lentigo are well-defined, uniformly coloured areas of brown or grayish pigment that generally show up on the hands, face, neck, and chest. 

Despite the name, these spots are not caused by age. Rather, they come from sun damage. After a lifetime of being exposed to the sun, you’re bound to have multiple consequences, including brown spots on your hands and face. Some of these will be solar lentigo, some will be seborrheic keratosis. It is important that only benign lesions are treated with a laser. 

There are a number of creams on the market however the laser is much quicker and more effective at treating these areas. 

 

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Birth Marks

Birthmarks are coloured marks that are visible on the skin. They’re often present at birth or develop soon afterwards.

There are several different types of birthmark and some of them are very common.

The two main types of birthmark are:

Vascular birthmarks (often red, purple or pink) caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin e.g. Port wine stains, strawberry naevus, haemangiomas and more. Vascular birthmarks often occur in the head and neck area, mainly on the face. If surface blood vessels are affected, a vascular birthmark will appear red, purple or pink. If the affected vessels are deep, the birthmark will appear blue.

Pigmented birthmarks (usually brown)  are caused by clusters of pigment cell. Pigmented birthmarks are tan or brown-coloured skin marks.

 

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