What is skin pigmentation?  Pigmentation, usually in the form of brown spots, can age your appearance and erode your confidence. Some of us are born with areas of pigmentation, but most pigmentation is caused by overexposure to the sun, the natural ageing process, and hormonal changes, e.g. from using certain oral contraceptives, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and pregnancy.

With the help of the latest laser technology, Cynosures Medlite C6, the Elite MPX and medical-grade skincare treatments, the trained staff at The Butterfly Effect can effectively treat most blemishes, leaving you with healthy, clear skin.

Skin Pigmentation Treatments

The number of treatments you will need depends on your skin type, where the pigmentation appears on your body and, of course, its size. Following a thorough analysis of your skin, our clinicians will recommend either a series of peels or laser treatment.


Melasma is another term for skin discolouration, especially if you are pregnant, using contraceptives, or undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy. This form of melasma usually fades after the birth of your child, when you stop taking oral contraceptives, or at the cessation of HRT.

For the treatment of melasma, we use the Q-switched laser to tackle the problem at both the dermal and epidermal layers. In most cases the discolouration can be significantly improved – and often eradicated – with our laser treatments. Unfortunately, melasma can’t be cured so maintenance treatments are strongly recommended. Your treatment can be combined with medical peels to assist in exfoliating the pigment.


Pigmentation in Asian and Dark Skin

Asian and Dark skins in Australia often result in uneven pigmentation. The MedLite C6 Q-Switched Laser is the laser technology of choice  for darker skin individuals, when treating pigmentary conditions.

In fact, the popularity of the MedLite C6 Laser continues to grow throughout Asia because of its effectiveness and safety profile in treating common aesthetic skin conditions of the asian/ dark skin population. In the Australian sun, dark skin and asian skin suffer from photo induced uneven pigmentation. Melasma and other similar chronic pigmentation problems can be effectively treated with the Q -Switched Laser technology. Generally 8 -10 treatments are recommended, achieveing a gradual lightening over a course of treatments. The Q-Switched Technology minimizes epidermal injury and therefore reduces post inflammatory hyperpigmentation risk.

Download the MedLite brochure (Chinese) for more information.

Liver Spots

Liver spots are common, particularly for people over the age of 40 or anyone who has spent a lot of time in the sun. Liver spots can range from light brown to red and even black. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, hands and forearms.

Treatment with laser technology is highly effective as it specifically targets pigment within the skin. A course of treatments is recommended for best results. Laser treatment has the additional benefit of delivering more even-toned skin, reducing pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, and boosting collagen production.



Freckles can appear on any part of the body exposed to the sun, including the hands, shoulders and face.

With laser treatment, your freckles will darken then slough off in 1-3 days, depending on the severity of the pigmentation. Laser treatment has the additional benefit of delivering more even-toned skin, reducing pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, and boosting collagen production.

Freckles can also be treated with medical peels. We recommend a course of treatments for optimal results, with after-care maintenance. You’ll see skin improvements immediately, with further improvements after each successive weekly peel.


Cafe-Au-Lait Spots

The light-brown colour of the birthmarks referred to as ‘café au lait spots’ refers to the French for milk coffee. These are caused by an increased amount of melanin and may increase in number with age.

In most cases, results can be achieved with laser treatment; however reoccurrence is possible, and multiple, ongoing treatments may be required to achieve desired results.


Skin pigmentation treatment downtime

Minimal downtime with our laser treatments for epidermal or dermal pigmentation.

Is it painful?

If you are undergoing deep penetration laser treatment, e.g. dermal pigmentation, you might feel a quick pin-prick sensation.

Some shallow-penetration laser treatments e.g. for age spots and freckles, can feel like a hot rubber band snapping on your skin. Most people find it quite tolerable, others ask us to use our Zimmer cooling system for comfort.

After-care treatment

The importance of a home-care regime cannot be understated. All our after-care recommendations are tailored to the specific needs of each client. We recommend that all our clients avoid harsh sunlight. SPF 30+ sunscreen must be worn daily.