Freckles are a natural and very common case of hyperpigmentation. They generally appear as small, brown, flat marks on the skin due to melanin concentrating in the skin cells.
These most commonly occur following a period of sun exposure, such as during the summer months, and are often found on the skin of fair-skinned individuals. On the whole, they are not dangerous but can be a sign of sun damage and can cause excessive pigmentation of the skin.
There are two main types of skin spots – epheledes and lentigines. Flat, small spots that come on during the summer months and fade during the winter months are usually epheledes freckles.
For any excessive pigmentation, Dr Manoharan has a range of treatment options available to diminish the appearance of the freckles. Depending on the size of the affected skin area, and the appearance of other skin irregularities, Dr Manoharan may suggest various types of laser treatments that are best suited to your situation.
Subscision is a surgical technique releases scars bound down to underlying tissue. It is performed under local anaesthetic and generally has no down time.
RF needling delivers controlled radio frequency energy up to 3.5mm deep into the skin to break down scar tissue and promote collagen remodelling. It is usually performed with anaesthetic gels and local blocks.
Fractionated lasers treat chosen densities of micro-columns of skins, sparing the surrounding tissue. This method is at the forefront of acne scar treatment as it enables scars to be treated at depth, with less discomfort, complications and a reduced recovery time.
Ablative laser treatment is effective in the revision of severe acne scars for those who are prepared for a longer downtime period in return for dramatic results. In addition to removing damaged skin, the laser stimulates underlying skin cells to trigger collagen production to break down scars. Dr. Manoharan is one of the country’s most experienced specialists in Erbium:YAG and CO2 lasers for long term acne scar treatment.
Chemical peels use agents such as TCA to replace the top layer of skin with new, underlying skin. This method brings forward healthier skin that has less visible signs of scarring.
The TCA CROSS method is used for local scar destruction to encourage new skin production. It involves TCA being inserted into a scar and performs as a localised peel to reduce the depth of scars over a series of treatments.
Dr Manoharan is a laser dermatologist, specialising in cutting-edge combination treatments to reduce scarring. He produces world class results using gold-standard energy-based devices and techniques, and has the wealth of experience you need to get the results you want – and is based right here in Brisbane, Australia!