Causes and treatments

Pigmentation issues arise due to imbalances in melanin production, the pigment responsible for skin colour. Healthy skin cells result in normal, even skin tone, but damage or hormonal changes can lead to excess or reduced melanin production, causing noticeable discolouration. Dr Bravis offers advanced skin treatments and medical-grade products designed to reduce the appearance of pigmentation.

Symptoms and causes

Common symptoms of pigmentation include:

  • Hyperpigmentation: Dark spots or patches on the skin, often caused by factors like sun exposure, hormonal changes, or skin trauma.
  • Hypopigmentation: Lighter areas of skin due to reduced melanin production, which can occur after skin damage or as a result of certain medical conditions.

How we treat Pigmentation in Thames Ditton

At Thames, we offer advanced treatments to address pigmentation concerns effectively. Options include:

  • Chemical Peels: Utilising acids and active ingredients to exfoliate and brighten the skin, reducing the appearance of dark spots and revealing smoother skin.
  • Skin Boosters: Injectable treatments containing hydrating and rejuvenating ingredients to improve skin texture and tone.
  • Profhilo: A hyaluronic acid-based treatment that hydrates and revitalises the skin, promoting a more even complexion.
  • Celluma Pro LED Therapy: Targets hyper-pigmented areas, promoting a more even skin tone and reducing pigmentation.
  • Medical-grade skincare products: Lightens dark spots, evens out skin tone, and prevents future pigmentation issues for a clearer complexion.

When to seek treatment?

If you’re struggling with pigmentation that affects your confidence and self-esteem, schedule a consultation with Dr Bravis, our skin expert at Thames to explore personalised treatment options suited to your skin’s needs.
Founder and Principal Dentist, Dr Theodora Bravis, smiling in her clinic room at Thames Dental & Skin, in Thames Ditton, Surrey

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes pigmentation?

Pigmentation issues can result from various factors, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, genetics, and skin trauma. Excess melanin production or reduced melanin synthesis can lead to hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, respectively.

Can pigmentation be removed?

Many types of pigmentation, such as age spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, can be treated effectively. Treatment options include chemical peels, skin boosters, Profhilo, and topical creams containing ingredients like hydroquinone or retinoids.

Does pigmentation go away?

The outcome depends on the type and severity of the pigmentation and the chosen treatment approach. While some types may fade with proper skincare and sun protection, others may require more intensive therapies and ongoing maintenance to manage effectively.

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Whether you're seeking to reverse the signs of ageing, enhance your appearance, or maintain your skin's health, Thames is your local partner in achieving your goals.

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