Hyperpigmentation 101: How To Eliminate It With Laser Treatments
Hyperpigmentation is a direct result of the excessive production and deposit of melanin. Specifically, it’s the melanocytes that actually determine skin color. When excessively produced, these cells cause uneven skin tone and darker patches of skin than the rest of the skin’s surface. There are a variety of causes of hyperpigmentation.
- Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or from taking birth control pills and hormone replacement referred to as melasma
- Excessive sun exposure
- Physical trauma to the skin
- Birthmarks and moles
The Best Laser for Hyperpigmentation
Choosing the best laser for hyperpigmentation is critical as some have minimal impact on the skin. This is likely due to selective photothermolysis. Selective photothermolysis is a term that refers to the manner in which a laser is attracted to hyperpigmentation. When this occurs, only some of the hyperpigmentation is treated.
The millisecond pulse lasers are considered one of the best lasers for hyperpigmentation. The light pulses use thermal heat to treat it. Although each pulse is a millisecond, it’s highly effective. Many professionals use this type of laser with great success in treating hyperpigmentation.
Some professionals feel that the q-switched lasers are the best laser for hyperpigmentation. These lasers project pulses and have a photochemical effect that shatters the pigment. Although it’s a more intense treatment, these types of lasers require fewer treatments than its millisecond pulse laser counterparts. The downside is that q-switched lasers require a longer recovery time and an increased chance of temporary inflammation. However, using an ice pack on the inflamed area is a quick solution for the problem.
Innovative Treatment for Hyperpigmentation at Laser Clinique
At Laser Clinique, P. Alexander Ataii M.D. uses an innovative treatment for hyperpigmentation known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). He is an experienced cosmetic physician who uses the latest techniques in cosmetic and laser surgery. P. Alexander Ataii M.D. has successfully provided over 11,500 photo rejuvenation treatments over the past nine years.
It’s a non-invasive laser treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to reach into deep layers of the discolored areas of the dermis. Its light is transformed into heat energy to treat the damaged skin and enhance collagen production. With IPL, there is minimal discomfort, and the majority of treatments can be done in 30 to 45 minutes. For the best results, a series of three to five treatments is typically needed. Improvement is seen gradually after each treatment. All around, there is an improvement in discoloration, pore size and texture. Skin is rejuvenated and appears smooth and refreshed.
The treatment of skin hyperpigmentation requires accurate assessment and diagnosis. P. Alexander Ataii M.D. carefully evaluates each case on an individual basis and works closely with patients to determine the best method of treatment. He provides the best of care with his expertise. Proper treatment for hyperpigmentation helps individuals gain back lost self-confidence. Not only do patients look great, but they feel great. There’s minimal discomfort, and treatment procedures are done right in the office.