Successful pigmentation treatment

In partnership with SA’s top medical aesthetic companies

It can be daunting to decide whether to have a non-surgical aesthetic treatment – Will it work? Will it hurt? Is it worth it? Will I see results? Skin Renewal’s Mooimaak series on Kyknet shows you the amazing answer.

Each person’s skin needs differ and requires a custom treatment programme, however the common problem all South Africans face is sun damage, and deciding to correct the effects of sun damage on your skin is a true gift to yourself – it’s an investment that not only gives you a confidence boost, it gives you healthier skin that stays looking youthful for years to come.

Pigmentation issues have been one of the most difficult problems to treat because of their various causes, including underlying health factors, not to mention the fact that stepping outdoors without sun protection stimulates the pigmentation cycle all over again. Lucky for us, we live in an era where treatment of all types of hyperpigmentation issues  is possible. Just ask Patricia…

Fifty-three-year-old Patricia’s Mooimaak journey unfolded over three months, addressing her skin’s severe sun damage and loss of volume and elasticity. Skin Renewal Stellenbosch team Dr André Truter and therapist Bernice Crause’s mission was to revive Patricia’s skin and restore her natural beauty with a range of different non-surgical aesthetic treatments to address all her skin concerns.

The team began Patricia’s treatment with skin preparation using an IPL to lift more superficial epidermal pigmentation and prepare her skin for deeper, more invasive treatments that followed.

The main treatment – two sessions of skin resurfacing using CO2 Fractional laser – was chosen specifically to treat Patricia’s severe sun damage, pigmentation, sallow complexion and deep wrinkles. The CO2 fractional laser removed the outer layers of dead and damaged skin, while stimulating the collagen deep in the skin. While this is an intensive laser treatment (local anaesthetic is applied to minimise discomfort), with seven to 10 days of downtime, it delivers brilliant, longlasting results. Says Patricia:

‘The treatment is scary and intense, but the results are SO worth it. I remember standing in from of the mirror, staring at my skin and not recognising my own face!’

The pigmentation specific treatment part of Patricia’s skin journey also included

  • Photo Dynamic Therapy light , and appropriate serums, which further improved her healing process and stimulates skin cell rejuvenation.
  • Xela Redermalisation was used because it treats all different types of pigmentation with a series of injections that contain a mixture of intensely hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Succinate, which blocks free radical activity, acts as a powerful anti-oxidant and reduces pigmentation. The bonus is that it also addresses the causes of ageing and results in overall skin renewal.

Patricia’s feedback:

“This treatment was done on my neck and check area to help address the severe dehydration, pigmentation and fine lines – it was not sore at all and definitely gave my chest area a wonderful boost!”

Three months of hard work at the Skin Renewal clinic was backed up with a good home treatment regime using medical skin care range such as NeoStrata and Lamelle prescribed for her.

A vital part of Patricia’s ongoing treatment plan is the constant daily use of a good sun protection to prevent any new sun damage, or secondary post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Our recommendations: NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50  Lamelle Helase Photo-Repair Cream SPF 50.

See Patricia’s full transformation story, with links to behind-the-scenes videos on relevant treatments here.

For more information on pigmentation as well as hypopigmentation and the treatment thereof, visit Skin Renewal or contact 0861 SKIN SA (754 672).

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