Hyperpigmentation – Spots

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Acupulse ActiveFX CO2 and TotalFX CO2

Acupulse-Lumenis-Fractional laser skin resurfacing
Uses Bridge Therapy treatment technology: tiny laser beams penetrate the skin in a dot-like pattern which leaves “bridges” of untreated skin around each treated microdot. Higher percentage of untreated skin enables quicker healing.  Stimulates collagen, reduce skin discoloration.

Cutera Limelight Intelligent Pulsed Light (IPL)

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Cutera Limelight Intelligent Pulsed Light (IPL) is a medical grade, non-invasive light based device designed to combat age spots, freckles, skin redness, tiny veins and sun damage. The heating of the abnormal red and brown pigment breaks it down into smaller particles which are then eliminated by body’s own immune cycle.

Cutera MedLite C6

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MedLite’s homogenous beam delivers energy evenly over the skin’s surface, minimizing epidermal injury and increasing patient satisfaction. Multiple wavelengths provide the versatility to treat sun-damaged skin and pigmented lesions, including Nevus of Ota, café-au-lait lesions, solar lentigines, uneven skin tone, and melasma.

 

While there is no cure for hyperpigmentation, no cream or pill that can undo the skin damage or discoloration, there are effective treatments available to fade or lighten the appearance of unwanted pigmentation. Light therapies, laser treatments, skin resurfacing treatments and certain chemical peels have all proven to be very effective.

Laser treatment utilizes light energy to break down the top layer of skin and remove damaged skin cells, revealing healthier, more vibrant skin. How much laser treatment you will need depends on the depth of the skin damage and the size of the area being treated. The type of laser used will depend on the desired outcome. Lasers produce organized light energy that is absorbed by specific targets in the skin; most patients who undergo laser treatment for hyperpigmentation will need a few days of downtime after the procedure, and will be provided with post-procedure instructions to achieve optimal results.

Lasers are able to diminish hyperpigmentation and rejuvenate the skin like no other treatment. A variety of lasers are available, each with their own purpose, precision and intensity levels that can be adjusted to suit the needs of different patients and treatments.

Each different laser emits its own wavelength of organized light, as different types of skin discoloration responds to a very specific wavelength.

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What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is indicative of either an abnormally high concentration of melanocytes (specialized skin cells that produce the protective skin-darkening pigment melanin,) or hyperactive melanocytes. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race.

Common examples of hyperpigmentation include:

Freckles, Lentigo [caption id="attachment_142" align="alignnone" width="300"]Freckles, Lentigo (one freckle) or Lentigenes (multiple freckles) are the result of sun exposure; Solar Lentigenes, also known as “sun spots,” “age spots” and “liver spots,” are also caused by sun exposure. Freckles, Lentigo (one freckle) or Lentigenes (multiple freckles) are the result of sun exposure; Solar Lentigenes, also known as “sun spots,” “age spots” and “liver spots,” are also caused by sun exposure.[/caption]  
Melasma (pregnancy mask) [caption id="attachment_143" align="alignnone" width="300"]Melasma (pregnancy mask) Melasma (pregnancy mask) – Caused by hormonal changes due to pregnancy, characterized by splotchy, pigmented areas, usually on the face (except the eye area).[/caption]
Nevus: birthmark, mole [caption id="attachment_144" align="alignnone" width="300"]Nevus, (also known as “birthmark,” “mole” or “beauty mark,”) is the medical term for a congenital growth or mark on the skin. Nevus, (also known as “birthmark,” “mole” or “beauty mark,”) is the medical term for a congenital growth or mark on the skin.[/caption]

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What causes Hyperpigmentation

There are various causes of hyperpigmentation linked to overexposure to the sun; sun damage; heredity; picking at the skin; hormonal changes; certain medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments and anti-seizure medications; inflammation and skin injuries such as acne vulgaris.

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Home treatment

 

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