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Pigmentation and skin spots

Pigmentation is a common phenomenon caused by changes in the pigment melanin, which is located in the basal layer of the epidermis, and sets the skin tone. Melanin is created in the depth of the skin and it undergoes various chemical transformations on its way to the epidermis or the hair cells. These processes are affected by internal and external factors, such as:
• Hormones
• Genetics
• Exposure to the sun
• Medications
• Stress

These effects may cause the appearance of too much pigmentation – hyper pigmentation, or not enough pigmentation – hypo pigmentation. Although these phenomena may be quite common, the manner of treating them constitutes one of the more difficult problems in dermatology science.

Treating -who can benefit from this treatment?

Treating pigmentation is relevant for anyone whose skin was damaged, without limitation of age.

The areas of the treatment

Mostly in areas such as the face, the chest, palms of the hands and the arms.

Types of pigmentation

Freckles and spots without a defined border

They show up in the areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, the chest and the shoulders. During the winter these become paler, and after a sun burn they tend to remain indefinitely.
Large skin spots

Appear as a result of sun exposure, mostly on the hands, the sides of the face and on the chest. The likelihood of their occurrence increases with age.
Melasma

Brown skin spots on the face. Appear around the nose, the chin and the cheekbones – particularly as a side effect of contraceptives, following pregnancy and, at times, as a result of a genetic tendency.
Traumatic pigmentation

Results from a trauma to the skin, such as a wound, a burn and following abrasion of the skin – for example using a loofa.

Treatment methods for skin spots and pigmentation

The treatment of skin spots and pigmentation varies in accordance with the causes for pigmentation. A suitable course of treatment is determined after the causes are diagnosed. .
• Treatment with various creams and ointments, composed from depigmentation agents (lightening agents) such as hydroquinone, azelaic acid and Retin-A (tretinoin).
• Various laser treatments, combined with Intense Pulsed Light Treatment, together cause controlled peeling of the skin. This treatment is also suitable for people with dark skin, where cautious peeling is induced using various acids in different concentrations.

Why treat skin spots at Elman’s Clinics Network?

Treating facial pigmentation requires expertise, experience and understanding, in order to determine the most suitable treatment option. At the Elman’s Clinics Network you benefit from our innovative approach, which places us in the vanguard of cosmetic medicine, as well as from our vast experience in aesthetics and dermatology medicine

I suffer from skin pigmentation on my face. Is there a treatment that would solve my problem in one go?

Unfortunately, despite the problem of pigmentation being so prevalent, their treatment is considered difficult and challenging, and needless to say, cannot be achieved all in one go. Pigmentation spots belong to a few different types, and we highly recommend you coming in for a personal consultation, where we would describe the process of pigmentation lightening. The consultation is free and non-obligating.

I am 62 years old. Is it too late for me to treat age spots?

. In this case, the answer is easy and clear. Age spots may be treated at any age. Nobody is too young or too old.

. I understand that there are many types of treatments intended to remove pigmentation spots, such as laser, peels, etc. Which treatment is best?

There is no single treatment that would be preferable for all patients. Different approaches suit different patients and different skin types. Sometimes the approaches may combined. In addition, it is not always possible to fully remove the spot. That is why we recommend for you to receive a full professional consultation prior to receiving any treatment. Here, at Dr. Elman’s clinics, we offer a full explanation of possible treatments without any cost.

The treatments for skin spots and hyperpigmentation are offered today in many clinics, why should I choose your clinic?

The Israeli healthcare laws allow many professionals to run the skincare equipment. However, it is clear that there are some types of treatments that use high-power devices directly on the skin, for example, laser treatments, strong beams of light and powerful chemicals. Therefore, we recommend undergoing such treatments only by a dermatologist who specializes in treating skin problems. A specialist in the area of skin medicine, such a doctor studied further to acquire a narrow specialty, and therefore has a wider perspective on all skin problems. He knows how to prevent complications and how to achieve the best result possible. Dr. Monica Elman, the founder of the clinics chain, continues to administer treatments personally to ensure the best result. Her vast experience as a dermatologist, as well as her worldwide fame as a pioneer of laser treatments for various skin conditions, including pigmentation, ensures the best results for you.

My skin is dark brown, would laser and IPL treatments be suitable for me?

Of course! Dr. Elman’s clinics make sure to remain updated about all the newest developments in the field of aesthetic medicine. Our laser and IPL equipment is of the most advanced kind, therefore, even those who have darker skin are able to benefit from the treatments.