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Pigmentation & Skin Tone Programme

Expert treatment for a more even skin tone

Concerns about skin pigmentation and tone are very common with many people feeling self-conscious about dark spots, freckles and acne scars to name a few. Problems with skin texture such as dullness, open pores and oily skin can also affect confidence.

There are many factors that can contribute to pigmentation and skin tone concerns. In the Pigmentation & Skin Tone Programme, Dr Nicole will assess your skin type and also the nature and severity of your skin tone concerns. She will then develop a tailored treatment programme using a combination of treatment methods to target the problem areas.

The elements of your programme are tailored to your pigmentation concern, and may include specialist skin care products, topical treatments, chemical peels and/or laser treatments. As a Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Nicole has an in-depth specialist knowledge of the skin and the reasons behind pigmentation and skin tone concerns. She will always provide honest and comprehensive opinions on the results you can expect. The ultimate goal is to achieve an even skin tone and smooth skin texture.

  • Delivered by a Consultant Dermatologist who has an interest in both medical and cosmetic dermatology
  • Specialist experience in treating pigmentation and skin tone conditions
  • Comprehensive, individualised approach to address all underlying factors to your problem
  • A systematic approach to treating pigmentation and skin tone concerns with the full range of chemical peels, prescription and specialist skin care to achieve the best results
  • No GP referral required

Types of pigmentation and skin tone concerns

Hyperpigmentation

One of the most common causes for pigmentation concerns is hyperpigmentation. This can consist of dark spots on the face, hands, and other body parts that have been exposed to the sun. Hyperpigmentation occurs when too much melanin (the skin’s pigment) has been produced in certain areas of the skin. Many of these dark, flat spots are caused by sun exposure (including age spots). Freckles are also caused by the same process.

There are other causes behind hyperpigmentation. These include melasma (or chloasma) which affects pregnant women and is due to hormonal changes. Acne scarring can also result in hyperpigmentation (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). It can also be a symptom of some health conditions and can occur if you take certain medications.

Hypopigmentation

Hypopigmentation is a reduction in pigment production characterised by white or pink patches. This can be caused by vitiligo, an autoimmune skin condition that reduces melanin production. Scarring can also create white patches as can hormonal changes.

Textural concerns

Problems such as dull, dry and rough skin can be common, as can large pores and oily skin. An expert approach to treatment can make a huge difference and restore your skin’s healthy glow.

Dr Nicole will assess your skin and determine any health or lifestyle factors to diagnose your condition. She will then develop a treatment programme designed just for you and talk through it in detail. You will have the chance to ask questions and voice any concerns – we will always provide professional, honest and comprehensive answers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Pigmentation and skin tone programme
    • What causes hyperpigmentation?

      Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of skin in patches or spots. It occurs when our body produces too much melanin. Sun exposure and ageing are significant factors. Scarring (from conditions such as acne), hormonal changes and medications can also cause hyperpigmentation.

    • How long do the results last?

      Results are aimed at the longer term. Generally speaking, pigmentation and skin tone problems require a long-term approach to ongoing care and strict sun protection for the results to last. Dr Nicole will give advice during your consultation about steps to maintain your results.

    • What are chemical peels?

      Chemical peels work by removing dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to grow. This process helps reveal the clearer skin beneath the skin’s surface. Peels can play an important role in your programme but may not be appropriate for everyone. Dr Nicole will advise on this during your consultation.

    • What results can I expect?

      Treatments for hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) aims to lighten the areas of concern, and to provide an even skin tone. Results take time, and may take about 6-9 months to achieve.

    • How does Dr Nicole’s Pigmentation and skin tone programme work?

      The first critical step is to have a consultation with Dr Nicole to assess your skin to identify the cause and extent of your pigmentation problems. Dr Nicole will then devise an individualised treatment programme incorporating a combination of treatments to target the main problem areas.

      A basic programme generally includes a consultation, follow-up reviews during the treatment, an introductory pack of skin care, chemical peels (if deemed appropriate) and prescription medications. If laser-based treatments are appropriate, they can be incorporated, but will incur an additional cost.

    • Is the programme safe?

      Your safety and wellbeing are of the utmost importance. Dr Nicole will talk through any risks associated with medications prescribed or procedures such as chemical peels during your consultation.

1 Consultation

Your consultation gives you the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you might have. We will assess your skin and the severity of pigmentation to develop a treatment plan that is most appropriate for you. Full information on what the programme involves, risks and aftercare instructions will be given.

2 The Treatment

Your initial consultation may take around 30-40 minutes. Treatment programmes usually consist of several treatment elements. In general, this will take 3-6 months but may be longer depending on the nature and severity of your pigmentation.

3 Aftercare

The programme incorporates follow-up reviews to ensure you are getting the best out of your treatment during the course of programme and so that your results are maintained.