What You Need to Know about Skin Pigmentation

If you are a man or woman experiencing problems with skin pigmentation, today’s advanced laser technology can work wonders. Let’s explore some useful information where skin pigmentation is concerned, as well as offer a viable option for those who would like to seek treatment.

Identifying Your Pigmentation

To safely and effectively treat pigmentation, the type of pigmentation must be identified. There are three basic classifications:

  • Dermis
  • Epidermis
  • A mix of both

 Will My Skin Be Thinned by Lasers?

The lasers used to treat skin pigmentation do not thin the skin because they are non-ablative. Quite the contrary, in fact. Your skin may be strengthened and thickened by the use of the lasers used in pigmentation treatment.

I Wear Sunscreen – Why Do I Still Get Pigmentation?

Though pigmentation can be a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays, sunscreen doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never experience pigmentation if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Hormonal changes can also cause pigmentation. That is one of the reasons why, compared to men, pigmentation is more common in women (by three times). And when a woman is undergoing menopause or pregnant, the chance increases.

Additionally, pigmentation can be caused by specific genes (it runs in your family).

What Should I Expect From Reputable Laser Treatment?

You will likely attend a session every 3 to 4 weeks, each session lasting approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Some clinics may do shorter treatments of 3 to 7 per week lasting 1 to 2 minutes each.

But, if the clinic you are dealing with dose more treatments per week at shorter treatment times, check with your doctor about possible side effects.

How Many Appointments Will Be Needed to Treat My Pigmentation?

Generally speaking, 6 to 8 sessions may be needed to properly treat dermal pigmentation. But 4 to 5 sessions may suffice where epidermal pigmentation is concerned. More sessions may be needed for those suffering from a mix of dermal and epidermal pigmentation.

What About Facials and Topical Creams?

Though when executed by a doctor, laser remedies are safe, effective, and efficient, it is possible to use topical creams or be treated and facial salons for certain types of pigmentation. For example, some facial creams (usually containing chemicals or acids) may slightly reduce epidermal pigmentation (superficial pigments). Unfortunately, the result is likely temporary.

Where dermal pigmentation is concerned, topical creams are even less effective. It would be like using a topical cream to try and remove a tattoo. When the dermal layer of the skin is involved in pigmentation, lasers are the only viable solution.

Once Treated, Will Pigmentation Return?

After treatment, there should be no reappearance of pigmentation. However, due to reasons such as sun damage or hormonal changes, over time, new pigmentation can form. Proper skin care products and maintenance laser treatments are a good regime through which to prevent new pigmentation from occurring.

At Spark Laser Center, we deal with skin pigmentation and many other skin related problems and treatments. Please feel free to contact us today at (212) 256-9496. Don’t want to talk on the phone? No problem. You can conveniently fill this online request form for a free consultation.

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