Uneven skin tone is one of the commonest skin complaints presented to a dermatologist. They can be due to a wide range of causes such as melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation, sun damage freckles and vitiligo. Most pigmentation problems are caused by overactive melanocytes (pigment cells) which produce melanin (pigmentation). Melanocytes are sensitive to a wide range of triggers including temperatures (excessive cold or heat), chemicals, injury, inflammation, diseases, sun exposures, genetic influences, hormones and certain medications. Exposure to these triggers can make the melanocytes become overactive, and produce more pigmentation in the skin. Dr Nicole uses a systematic approach to work out the cause and triggers for your pigmentary problems (whether it is due to hormonal, inflammatory, genetic, acquired or environmental), and performs skin examination to determine whether the pigmentation is deep (dermal) or superficial (epidermal). A range of treatment options including medical prescriptions and cosmetic treatments are often used to achieve best results. These treatments include: prescriptions creams, professional skin care line with Obagi Medical products, chemical peels and light & laser therapy. Treatments are aimed at inhibiting melanocytes from transferring pigment into the skin as well as renewing the skin.
- Assessment and treatment by a Consultant Dermatologist with an interest in both medical and cosmetic dermatology
- A systematic approach to determine the cause, triggers and depth of any pigmentation problem
- Individualised treatment plans to treat the disease and its causes
- Combined treatment approaches to tackle the medical and cosmetic aspects of the problem
- Bespoke self-help and aftercare measures to maintain lasting results
- No GP referral required