Pigmentation

Our Birmingham clinic provides treatment for pigmentation of the skin. Skin hyperpigmentation isn't always a problem, however, many people seek treatment for unwanted pigmentation that they find either excessive or unattractive in appearance. Examples of problematic skin can be age spots, melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or some acne scarring.

Abnormal skin pigmentation occurs when there is excessive melanin production in response to various factors.

Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen is crucial, but there are other options including prescription only medications - such as hydroquinone and tretinoin - and non-prescription treatments.

Products such as Obagi or ZO Skin Health can be very helpful in these cases.

FAQs

What is it best used for treating?

Sclerotherapy is predominantly used to treat thread veins, particularly on the lower legs.

What happens during the treatment process?

The area is cleaned, and then the sclerosant is injected into the superficial veins with a very small needle. A small bandage covers the area, and you would be given a compression stocking to wear for the next week.

Most patients need between 2 - 6 treatments, at intervals of a month or so.

How long does it take for the treatment to take effect and how long will it last?

The success rates are in the region of 80% and – if successful – the effect should be permanent.

You would notice an effect with the first injection, but normally would need to complete a course of injections for full effect.

What can go wrong?

There may be some pain or burning at the injection site at the time, although this is usually minimal.

The injection site often has some red discolouration initially – this quickly settles, although a darker brown discolouration may persist for a few months, before also resolving.

Some patients experience restlessness in the legs for the succeeding few nights.

Infection is a very rare complication.

Rarely, some of the solution can escape for the vein and cause inflammation in the surrounding skin.

There is a small risk of developing ulcers, which may leave a small scar on healing.

Who can’t have it?

  • People with active skin infection
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women; or those on the contraceptive pill
  • People with significant systemic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes
  • People who have poor mobility
  • People with varicose veins caused by pelvic tumours

How much does it cost?

Variable depending on size of the area to be treated; treatment starts from £150 per session.

Please note the above answers are not exhaustive; any questions you have should be discussed with the Doctor during your consultation

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