pigmentation 30th October 2019

Laser Pigmentation Removal with Dr Firas

Melanin is most commonly known for being the naturally-occurring group of pigments that gives our skin its colour. It’s this substance that’s also responsible for the frequent markings, such as freckles and moles, that dot different areas of the human skin. And whilst many seem embarrassed by the perceived imperfections that melanin places on their bodies, it’s widely acknowledged that this substance protects skin tissue from UV damage by absorbing radiation and expelling it as heat. Not bad for a natural process.

There are times, however, that melanin, and its over-production, can leave people feeling too self-conscious about its appearance, leaving them anything but comfortable in their own skin.


Certain areas of the skin can darken in colour due to the over-production of melanin. This is commonly known as hyperpigmentation. Although largely harmless, the sudden appearance of darker skin on areas of the body such as the face, hands and neck, can cause those affected to experience great distress and a sharp drop in confidence. There’s also no evidence that hyperpigmentation is an age-related concern as, although it’s more common in older people, younger people can also display the signs of this confidence-sapping condition.

With experts unable to pinpoint the exact cause of hyperpigmentation, most agree that it can be heavily influenced by increased exposure to the sun. It’s in these instances that melanocytes, the cells that comprise melanin, are most active in their bid to shield the skin from sun damage, leaving behind the lasting marks of hyperpigmentation.


Mostly motivated by hormonal changes, melasma is a condition characterised by the sudden manifestation of brown or grey patches on certain areas of the skin, particularly the face. Commonly affecting pregnant women, melasma can also be a by-product of using hormonal medications, such as birth control pills. Once again, over-exposure to the sun can trigger this condition, meaning that it’s always a good idea to cover up in anticipation of heavy solar exposure, as well as to use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.

How can these skin conditions be treated?

Conspiring to leave those affected by the over-production of melanin in a sorry emotional state, it’s wise to take the proper precautions when out in the sun. There are also a number of skin-lightening creams available that can lessen the more prominent effects of these visible skin conditions. Yet, although these often prescription-only solutions can provide temporary respite, they can often only be used in small doses, an annoying reality for those whose wellbeing has been deeply affected by hyperpigmentation or melasma.

Fortunately, Laser Pigmentation Removal is available from Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, Harley Street-based consultant dermatologist. Experienced in using laser therapy to restore both confidence and radiant skin to the lives of his patients, Dr Firas’ laser treatment consists of a laser being used to target melanocyte cells directly to encourage the body to cast off its excess melanin and reduce the often-obtrusive presence of darker lesions on the skin.

Contact Dr Firas

As a world leader in dermatology, Dr Firas is an expert in a great number of skin conditions. On initial consultation, he’ll be able to recommend the proper treatment to address your hyperpigmentation or melasma concerns. If advising Laser Pigmentation Removal, Dr Firas may also suggest you undergo this procedure in conjunction with another treatment for optimum results.

Book your first consultation today.

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