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Haemosiderin – Brown Stains Treatment

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What is Haemosiderin

Brown stains treatment at The Whiteley Clinic

Before & After Brown stains treatment at The Whiteley Clinic

Many people want brown marks removal from their legs. The brown marks are caused by “haemosiderin”.

Haemosiderin is a protein compound that stores iron in your tissues which accumulates under your skin. As a result, you may notice yellow, brown or even a bruise-like staining appearance, often found on the lower leg, sometimes covering the space between your knee and ankle.

Causes of Haemosiderin

The major cause of these brown marks is chronic inflammation. This is most like to be due to:

When brown marks appear on the skin at the ankle due to varicose veins or “hidden varicose veins”, this is classified as CEAP C4. The brown marks (Haemosiderin) occur because of the venous blood refluxing the wrong way down the veins. This occurs due to the one-way valves failing in the veins.The appearance of brown marks at the ankles is a sign of severe venous disease. If the underlying varicose veins or “hidden varicose veins” are not treated, the skin damage will continue. This is eventually lead to a venous leg ulcer.

Haemosiderin Treatment:

Research has shown that haemosiderin can be broken apart by specific treatment with a special laser.

At The Whiteley Clinic, Vicki Whiteley and Mark Whiteley have been combining this laser technique with a topical skin care regime for brown marks removal.
The number of treatments needed depends on the size of the brown mark on the skin, and how dark it is.


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