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What is skin pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation is the result of irregular production and deposition of Melanin by the Melanocytes, which are the cells that produce Pigments. The production of Melanin is dependent on UV or sun exposure, and is a natural protective mechanism of the skin. There are 3 most common types of pigmentation.

Superficial Pigmentation

Occurs in the epidermal (superficial) layer of the skin, and could be described as Lentigo (Freckles, Sun Spots, Age Spots, and Nevus of Ota.

Deep Pigmentation

Occurs in the Dermis (deep) layer of the skin, and requires the destruction of the Melanocyte Cell, to remove it.


Also known as the mask of pregnancy, (in pregnant women) is a discolouration of facial skin. Symptoms are dark irregular patches commonly found on the upper cheek, forehead, upper lip and nose, usually developing gradually over time.

Melasma is thought to be caused by stimulation of Melanocytes (or pigment producing cells) by the female sex hormones Estrogen and Progesterone, when the skin is exposed to the sun.

Can laser treatment remove pigmentation?

Our Medlite C6 Q-Switched Laser is a safe premium engineered aesthetic laser designed for very effective results in treating these above applications. With the exception of some birthmarks, which can come back after several months or even years, treated pigmented lesions do not reappear. For birthmarks that do reappear, it is completely safe and effective to retreat them.

Side effects of laser treatment for skin pigmentation

Downtime is minimal, slight pinkness of skin, which may be immediately toned down with make-up, and the treatment is not uncomfortable.

How much does it cost to treat skin pigmentation?

Prices for skin pigmentation treatment start from $100. A consultation at Cosmedic & Skin Clinic will help provide an exact cost as this procedure is tailored to each individual and desired result.

Pigmentation treatment on the Gold Coast

For more information about pigmentation at our Gold Coast practice or to book a consultation, please contact us.