- Skin analysis, medical diagnosis and personalised treatment plan
Doctor Aslam, Consultant Dermatologist
- Skin analysis, medical diagnosis and personalised treatment plan
Prescription for Medication
- This fee is for the issue of a prescription for an 18 week course of medication, which you can take to any pharmacist
- Minimum 6 treatments required
Number on consultation
Laser Patch Test – £25.00 (non-refundable)
As a safety measure we patch test you before starting any laser treatment. It is usually done on a different appointment to your consultation but you can request for it to be included when booking.
Unique combination treatment:
Prescription medication + Revlite EO Q-switched Nd:Yag Laser
Our resident cosmetic doctor Doctor Miguel Montero has years of experience treating genetic and hormonal related skin discolouration. He has devised a unique combination treatment that is delivering exceptional results.
Your treatment will consist of an 18-week course of prescription medication, plus a course of laser treatment. Used in combination they break down the areas of melanin to return the skin to its natural pigment.
RevLite’s EO Q-switched Nd:YAG has a unique technology which sets it apart from standard lasers on the market. Most aesthetic medical lasers use longer pulses, subjecting the skin to excessive and potentially harmful heat. RevLite’s EO Q-switched Nd:YAG produces very rapid, short pulse widths of energy. This limits the healthy tissue’s exposure to thermal build-up for safe, fast and effective treatment.
Meet with Doctor Montero to talk about your pigmentation
Your treatment journey beings with a face-to-face consultation with Doctor Montero. In this confidential and no-obligation meeting, he will examine your skin in detail using our state-of-the-art Visia Skin Imaging System.
This in-depth approach provides a clear picture of your individual condition, so Doctor Montero can suggest the best course of treatment for you.
Take time to decide
After your consultation, we advise you to take time at home to make a considered decision about treatment. If you choose to go ahead, we will issue you with a prescription for your medication and book you in for your first laser treatment.
Come for safe, comfortable treatment in our private clinic
On the day of treatment, you will come to our private clinic in Burnley.
Your laser treatment will be delivered by one of our experienced Doctors. It will be relatively quick, and thanks to our in-treatment cooling system, comfortable too. You should be able to resume your normal activities straight after treatment.
Look after your skin
Your Doctor will give you specific instructions about looking after your skin after treatment. It’s important to keep the treated area protected from the sun and we will make suggestions for suitable products to help you with this.
We keep on caring for you after treatment
You will be invited back for a follow-up three weeks after your final treatment to review your results.
The RevLite® Q-switched Nd:YAG laser breaks down excess melanin with light energy directed at the discoloured area for a fraction of a second, passing harmlessly through the upper layer of the skin and targeting the melanin directly.
The speed of the energy delivered produces a vibration that shatters the melanin into tiny particles which is then absorbed and removed through the body’s natural processes. The RevLite® laser provides effective treatment while leaving the surrounding skin intact.
You will need a minimum of six treatments. The exact number will depend on several factors including:
- Depth and intensity of pigmentation
- Your skin type
- How your skin responds to treatment
In addition, the way your body’s immune system reacts to treatment is unique. Your body will break down melanin at its own rate and this can be difficult to predict.
Treatments are two-four weeks apart and the estimated number of treatments will be calculated and discussed with you during your consultation.
Treatment time is 15-30 minutes.
It is possible that all your pigmentation will disappear, however, realistic outcomes will be discussed at your consultation so you know what to expect.
It is possible that your pigmentation will reappear and maintenance treatments will be required.
The RevLite® laser emits light in very fast short pulses. The impact of the energy is described as similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Our advanced in-treatment cooling system assures the experience is as comfortable as possible.
You may experience slight redness after treatment but this should pass within a few hours.
Full aftercare instructions will be given which will help you care for your skin in the days after treatment.
Most of our patients enjoy prolonged relief from symptoms with occasional maintenance treatments. This is aided by a good skin care regime to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
It’s important to understand that Melasma and Nevus of Ota are not curable and pigmentation can reappear after treatment.
Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’, is a common adult skin condition. Light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops, mainly on the face. Although it can affect both genders and any race, it is more common in women and people with darker skin-types who live in sunny climates.
Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. It is not an infection, is not contagious and is not due to an allergy. Also, it is not cancerous and will not change into skin cancer.
The exact cause is unknown, but several factors contribute, including pregnancy, oral contraception, and very occasionally medical conditions affecting hormone levels. Some cosmetics, especially those containing perfume, can bring on melasma. There is research to suggest that it can be triggered by stress. Sunshine and sun-bed use usually worsen the condition.
Melasma can run in families, suggesting an inherited tendency.
Melasma is simply darker-than-normal skin affecting the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose and chin, usually in a symmetrical manner. It may be limited to the cheeks and nose or just occur overlying the jaw. The neck, and more rarely the forearms, can also be affected. Areas of melasma are flat not raised.
It is the cosmetic aspect of melasma that affected people tend to find upsetting. The affected skin is not itchy or sore.
Melasma is usually easily diagnosed by the darker areas of pigmentation and its distribution on the face. Occasionally, your dermatologist may suggest that a small sample of skin (numbed by local anaesthetic) is removed for examination under the microscope (a biopsy) in order to exclude other diagnoses.
No, at present there is no cure for melasma. There are several treatment options which may improve the appearance. Superficial pigmentation is easier to treat than deep pigmentation.
If melasma occurs during pregnancy, it may resolve on its own within a few months after delivery and treatment may not be necessary.
Information courtesy of The British Skin Foundation
Nevus of Ota is a type of dermal melanocytosis, where an increased amount of melanin causes hyperpigmentation of an eye and the surrounding area. It often takes the form of bluish or brownish pigment around the eye, along with this pigment appearing on the whites of the eye.
Nevus of Ota is much more commonly found in females than males. It also occurs more commonly in people of Asian or African descent. However, Nevus of Ota can present in people of all different skin types. Caucasian people are the least likely to develop nevus of Ota.
Currently, there’s no definitive research as to the root cause of Nevus of Ota. Some researchers believe that it could be caused by a genetic mutation. Others argue that hormonal factors or radiation may be the cause.
Nevus of Ota usually affects only one side of the face, although it can affect both sides. If this occurs, the condition is referred to as Nevus of Hori.
The hyperpigmentation of the skin around the eyes and on the face usually appears to be blue-grey or brown in hue. It can affect the eyelids, area around the eye, nose, forehead, cheeks, side of the face, whites of the eyes and irises.
Nevus of Ota that affects the eyes themselves can cause thickening of the tissues in and around the eyes.
Pigmentation may appear to be light during childhood and can darken and grow as the person matures. Its colour might also vary slightly depending on factors like weather conditions, hormones, or illness.
Areas of pigmentation may appear or grow gradually over a long period of time. However, the condition doesn’t spread beyond the areas of the face. It’s also not contagious.
If you’re experiencing hyperpigmentation of the skin near and around your eyes, it’s important to see a doctor for an appropriate diagnosis. Doctor Montero can make this diagnosis for you and advise accordingly.
No, at present there is no cure for Nevus of Ota. There are several treatment options which may improve the appearance.
Laser treatments are the most effective corrective approach to Nevus of Ota, although they must be repeated more than once, with multiple approaches and applications. The laser treatments work to break down the melanin that causes the bluish hyperpigmentation, with the goal of returning the skin to its natural pigment.
Another option is to cover the hyperpigmentation with cosmetic products instead of laser treatment. These products might include camouflaging creams, foundation, or concealer.