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Skin pigmentation is the colour of the skin, determined by the amount and type of pigment (melanin) produced by melanocytes in the skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs with excess melanin production, leading to dark patches or spots, while hypopigmentation occurs with loss of melanin, leading to lighter patches or spots. Various factors can influence skin pigmentation, and dermatological treatments here at Brisbane Skin are available to improve the appearance of pigmentation issues.

Pigmentations Types

Sun damage, brown and age spots, freckles, and melasma are all forms of hyperpigmentation, which can be treated at Brisbane Skin using various methods.

It’s important to consult with our team to determine the best treatment approach for your specific condition and skin type. Additionally, it’s important to protect your skin from further damage by wearing sunscreen daily and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.

Treating Pigmentation

Topical treatments, such as hydroquinone, retinoids, and vitamin C, can be applied directly to the affected area to lighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Chemical peels, which involve the application of a solution to the skin to remove the outer layer and promote new cell growth, can also be effective.

Laser therapy can target specific areas of pigmentation and break down excess melanin, and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy can help to improve the appearance of sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Our Laser Treatments

Brisbane Skin offers effective treatments for improving the appearance of brown spots, such as Pico Genesis, BBL Laser, Fraxel Laser, Cosmelan depigmentation, and Chemical Peels. These treatments are tailored to your unique needs.

The clinic uses state-of-the-art lasers like IPL and Nd:YAG to remove red and brown spots. These lasers provide the most thorough spot removal treatment possible.

Pigmentation FAQs

Are brown spots all related to skin cancer?

No, not all brown spots or freckles lead to skin cancer and most can be safely removed. However it is important to check that there is nothing sinister in your brown spots before removing them. We always recommend a skin check for all patients prior to removal of pigmentation of brown spots and freckles.

How do freckles and brown spots differ to sun damage?

Brown spots are an increase in the amount of melanin produced in the skin in localised areas. This can occur without any sun exposure and can be a result of hormonal changes or genetics. They can be a marker of sun damage, but might not necessarily be due to it.

Can they be treated?

Yes!  Brisbane Skin provides a full range of dermatological medical, laser and cosmetic solutions designed to enhance your natural beauty and bring out your inner glow, so you look fresh, youthful, and vibrant. We have the full range of experience and tools to treat pigmentation in the safest possible way.

How do you treat them?

As one of Australia’s largest dermatology specialists, we have a wide range of treatment options available. This means that we can tailor the correct treatment or treatment combination for your skin type, to address your pigmentation concerns and achieve the best results. The treatments that we usually use to address pigmentation include:

Does it hurt?

Some treatments have higher levels of discomfort than others, however for any treatment that has a level of discomfort associated with it we provide the appropriate level of anaesthetic so that all treatments in our clinic are well tolerated.

Does the pigmentation come back?

The type of pigment that is being treated will determine whether there will be a return of pigment after treatment. For example, melasma cannot be fully removed and will require ongoing treatments to manage this pigmentation, however some freckles and birthmarks may be removed permanently. We generally put you on a maintenance plan after the initial treatment to maximise the duration of your results.

How much does it cost?

Treatments range from $115 for chemical peels to a few hundred dollars for lighter laser treatments and a few thousand dollars for heavier laser treatments. Consultations with our nurses and therapists are complimentary and we recommend that you come in for a full facial assessment. At this appointment you will receive a detailed quote tailored for you, before proceeding with any treatments.

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Sun Damage

Sun exposure is the most significant cause of ageing skin. Over time, ultraviolet radiation changes the DNA of your cells, giving rise to fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, skin laxity, visible blood vessels and a dull complexion.

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Brown & Age Spots

Brisbane Skin doctors use pigment-specific lasers to address dark spots, such as brown spots and age spots. The treatment can, in turn, help increase the confidence and sense of well-being of patients. These spots are tan or brown and oval or round and result from cumulative skin damage over a lifetime and increase in size and number with age.



Freckle treatments offer patients an effective, safe, and convenient way to deal with skin concerns that can cause feelings of self-consciousness. As a board-certified laser and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Shobhan and his team of clinicians are uniquely qualified to deliver superb laser results to the residents of Brisbane, North Lakes, Manly, and surrounding areas in QLD

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a condition that describes a darkening of the skin after an inflammatory condition heals. The patches appear after a person experiences some type of inflammatory condition, such as a burn, infection, acne, dermatitis, or even another aesthetic procedure. In mild cases, the skin returns to a normal colour, but in more severe cases, the hyperpigmentation needs treatment.

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