Freckles, or Ephelides, are clusters of concentrated pigmented cells, which are most common on people with a fair complexion. Freckles occur when melanocytes (pigment producing cells) have overproduced melanin granules, changing the colouration of the outer skin cells. This is typically caused by genetics and sun exposure/UVB. Freckles occur on areas that are most exposed such as the face, shoulders, neck, décolletage and backs of the hands. Freckles themselves are quite harmless and are extremely safe and effective to treat with such methods as Photorejuvenation.

Treating Freckles

Freckle treatment with laser is extremely quick and can prove extremely effective for both the face and body:

Laser Photorejuvenation using the Candela Gentlemax Pro is an extremely effective method for removing unwanted pigmentation. Using a 755nm wavelength, the Gentlemax Pro specifically targets excess melanin (freckle) in the skin. The light is absorbed and converted to heat which shatters the pigmentation, resulting in the temporary darkening and crusting of the treated area before the pigment gradually falls away. Photorejuvenation is most effective for superficial pigmentation and freckles, causing them to fade or disappear permanently.

Laser Correction Facial
Our Laser Correction Facial Treatment utilizes Q-switch laser technology. The rapid speed of the laser combined with a high repetition rate causes vibration in the skin which helps to shatter superficial pigmentation. The 532nm wavelength specifically targets pigment within the top upper layers of the skin. The light is absorbed as heat which shatters the pigmentation resulting in the temporary darkening and crusting of the treated area before the pigment gradually falls away, removing and lightening the unwanted lesion. The 532nm wavelength is not suitable for all skin types and is best for freckle and age spot removal. A skin analysis will be performed to determine your treatment plan for maximum results.

Skin Care

Cosmedix Simply Brilliant
Cosmedix Simply Brilliant is an effective tyrosinase inhibitor, without the use of hydroquinone or arbutin. Tyrosinaseis an enzyme that controls the production of melanin as part of our skin’s natural defence mechanism against UV rays. When our skin undergoes trauma or becomes inflamed, this causes Tyrosinase to misfire resulting in an overproduction of pigment, causing hyperpigmentation or freckles. Use of a Tyrosinase Inhibitor daily, will prevent the enzyme from misfiring, thus inhibiting the overproduction of pigment in the skin. Simply Brilliant also contains 10 skin-specific brightening ingredients that improve existing discoloured, hyperpigmented, photodamaged and uneven skin.

Physical Sunscreen
The use of daily sunscreen is paramount when treating any form of pigmentation. Pigment cells within the skin react the same to UV exposure, so as your skin colour darkens and tans, so too will your hyperpigmentation. It is extremely important as many clients notice their pigment worsening or being triggered during the summer months or after periods of prolonged sun exposure. A Physical sunscreen, those containing Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, is the most ideal as it protects from both UVA and UVB damage and creates an instant blanket like protection against the sun. It is recommended an SPF be worn daily to prevent and reduce pigmentation.

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