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Hyperpigmentation

One of the most common skin complaints that patients visit us with is hyperpigmentation. This discolouration of the skin, which usually presents itself as darker patches on the face or hands, creates an uneven complexion.

Fortunately, we offer a number of hyperpigmentation treatments that can vastly improve the appearance of any discolouration. Options at Transform include Dermarollers, skin peels and laser treatments, and we’re happy to help you choose the right treatment for you.

If you’re interested in getting rid of hyperpigmentation, you’re in the right place. Read on for full details of how we can help.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation most commonly occurs when the skin has been overexposed to sun. It is caused by UVA rays activating the melanocyte cells, which produce pigment in the skin. While this is the same process that results in tanning, overexposure can lead to too much melanin being made, which creates discolouration.

Some hormonal changes can also lead to hyperpigmentation, such as pregnancy or certain medications. Alternatively, other types of hyperpigmentation may occur as a result of acne scarring or other skin damage – this is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and these marks can worsen if exposed to the sun.

Due to the hormonal factors, the condition is most common in women. It is also more likely in people with darker skin tones than those with fair skin. It most commonly appears on the face, and also areas of the body where the skin is particularly thin, such as the backs of hands and the chest.

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How to treat hyperpigmentation

As with most skin conditions resulting from sun damage, preventative measures are always recommended. However, hyperpigmentation often appears years – and even decades - after the sun damage happened, so many people are left looking for a solution once the condition has already become visible.

A lot of people attempt to get rid of hyperpigmentation with creams, which often need to be prescribed. Creams containing niacinamide or vitamin C are the most popular, while some people also try skin-lightening creams to counteract the discolouration.

Depending on the severity of the hyperpigmentation, these creams may not be completely effective in treating the condition though. At Transform, we have a range of treatments that can provide more effective, long-term results. Depending on your personal skin needs, we would recommend one of three treatments for hyperpigmentation: Dermarollers, chemical peels or IPL treatments.  

So, how do each of these treatments help to get rid of hyperpigmentation? Firstly, Dermarollers work by stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin, which help to regenerate and plump the skin. Through a micro-needling treatment, Dermarollers treat hyperpigmentation by encouraging the formation of fresh, even skin tissue. As your skin renews, the appearance of darker marks can lessen significantly.

Using Dermarollers to treat hyperpigmentation is a quick procedure, with treatments typically taking around 30-45 minutes. While skin can appear red immediately afterwards, this usually goes down in around 24 hours. It can take up to six weeks to see the results from Dermarollers, and depending on how your hyperpigmentation looks, further treatments may be recommended.

Similarly, chemical skin peels can also be used to treat skin discolouration. At Transform, we offer facial peels of various strengths to treat different conditions – these range from light peels that can be used as part of a normal skincare regime to the more intense skin peels that we would recommend for treating hyperpigmentation. These deeper skin peels work by removing damaged skin cells and encouraging the growth of smooth, healthy new skin.

Depending on the severity of your skin damage, you may need a course of skin peels. With a maximum recovery period of 7-10 days for the most intense formulations, this is still a quick and straight-forward treatment.

The final hyperpigmentation treatment that we often recommend to patients is IPL skin rejuvenation. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments use short pulses of intense light to stimulate collagen and add volume to the skin. The bursts of light can help to minimise the pigment in damaged skin without affecting the healthy skin around it.

A course of around six treatments is usually recommended for skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation. Each session takes around 20 minutes and is pain-free, though you may experience a tingling sensation. Skin can appear red for around an hour after a session, but otherwise there are no side effects or downtime required.

Of course, our team are happy to help you choose the best hyperpigmentation treatment for you, and we can talk you through the above options at your free consultation.

Whichever option you choose for treating your hyperpigmentation, you can be confident that you’re in the best hands at Transform. We’re the only cosmetic surgery provider in the UK to have three dedicated hospitals, as well as 22 clinics all over the UK. Our team is made up of experienced, highly-skilled nurses and practitioners, and we receive fantastic feedback from patients each year.

We take pride in giving all patients a completely personalised treatment - from your first patient advisor meeting through to the day of your treatment, we will work with you to get the results you want.

Our hyperpigmentation treatments are all non-surgical, pain-free and with little downtime. We also provide you with full aftercare advice and have a 24/7 helpline so there’s always someone around to answer any questions you have.  

Would you like a little more information? You can read our full FAQs on Dermarollers, skin peels and IPL treatments online, or book your free consultation to discuss your hyperpigmentation treatment face-to-face.

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