Hyperpigmentation is a common and usually harmless condition that happens to just about everyone over time. Patches of skin become darker than the skin around it because of an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color.
This condition can affect anyone of any ethnicity and can be caused by:
- Sun damage
- Hormonal changes
- Skin conditions such as acne
- Injuries and surgical wounds
These darkened skin patches can become even darker when the skin is exposed to the sun. This happens because melanin absorbs the energy of the sun’s ultraviolet rays to protect the skin from being overexposed. The result is tanned looking skin where the dark spots become even darker.
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How Can I Treat Hyperpigmentation?
There are various ways to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation ranging from prescription creams that are used to lighten the skin with bleaching agents, to chemical peels, and laser treatments. Here are some of our most popular treatments at Skinatomy Laser Clinic.
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light therapy. It is a treatment that can even out skin discoloration, reduce hyperpigmentation, get rid of freckles, and even improve rosacea. IPL PhotoFacial works by delivering pulses of light to the dermis; this light energy breaks down pigmentation, leaving behind a smoother and clearer-looking complexion. The light energy is able to penetrate both the surface of the dermis and the deepest skin levels, which helps create results that last for longer. With the IPL treatment, specific discolored cells can be treated without damaging the surrounding skin
Treatments take approximately 30 to 60 minutes for each IPL PhotoFacial session. Patients may need up to five IPL PhotoFacial treatments to achieve their ideal results, but this varies depending on the patient’s individual needs. Patients will begin to see results within a few weeks with final results appearing several weeks after the last treatment. This procedure is generally non-invasive with little to no recovery time.
At Skinatomy Laser Clinic, we offer a wide range of chemical peel treatments to help patients reduce hyperpigmentation and achieve their ideal complexion. A chemical peel is a procedure used to treat acne, skin issues, and help with cell rejuvenation. There are a wide variety of chemical peels from light, to medium and deep peels.
A typical chemical peel treatment takes about 45-60 minutes to perform and results will be visible after 2 to 3 weeks, with final results visible within one month. You may need more than one chemical peel treatment to see ideal results.
After a chemical peel, patients should anticipate having a red and slightly swollen skin for approximately one week. There may also be some scabbing as the skin dries and flakes away. Sunscreen will be critically important after this procedure to help protect skin against UV rays.
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A MicroLaserPeel works by removing a thin layer of skin that is damaged to improve the skin’s texture and give it a youthful appearance. A beam of light is sent over the skin being treated. This removes a thin layer of skin and rids the skin the damaged cells that give skin a discolored look. New skin cells grow as the healing begins. The patient ends up with skin that is more uniform in color, is less wrinkled, and is more radiant.
During the treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and then a physician will put the laser handpiece over your skin. A scanner will move the laser beam over the treatment area. The process lasts about 15 – 30 minutes and there is little pain produced associated with the MicroLaserPeel.
Patients are provided with special products that take care of the skin during the healing process. It’s important to avoid any direct sunlight or exposure to UV light until the healing is complete. Afterward, sunscreen should be applied to keep your skin protected. The final results can be seen in 3 to 4 days.
Dermamelan is an extremely effective lightening treatment that targets the melanin enzyme in the skin. It is used to remove uneven pigmentation, to improve skin brightness and tone, and to slow the production of melanin. This enzyme is what gives each personl their unique skin tone. These treatments also help to control your sebaceous glands which moisturize the skin so it also slows the production of melanin.
The treatment takes about an hour to perform. Results include lightening of dark spots, brightness of skin tone,and reduction in oiliness. There is no downtime associated with this treatment.
The Pixel Perfect treatment is a laser procedure that can lift away years of skin damage in just one treatment. As the laser is moved over the treatment area, tiny holes are made in the top layer of the skin. As the body naturally works to heal these tiny holes with new cells, the appearance of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and scarring will diminish. As a result of this procedure, collagen and elastin production will be stimulated which will continue to improve the overall appearance of your skin for months to come.
The Profractional Erbium Yag Laser also creates tiny channels in the skin. This treatment uses dual radio frequencies to target 2 separate layers of the skin at the same time. The creation of these channels in the skin encourages the body to produce new elastin and collagen in order to heal itself. Because there is no heat, it is safe for all skin colors. There is quick healing with this treatment and patients can return to their normal activities immediately. Treatments last approximately 30 minutes and most patients report feeling no pain during the process.
“Skinatomy is such a lovely place! All the staffs are so friendly and welcoming, everyone is very informative and answered every questions that I had about having healthy skin. Definitely give this place a try for your beauty regimen! You won’t regret it!” *
Take The Next Step
As you can see, we have a number of treatments that may be right in helping you reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Are you ready to find the best solution for you? If so, we would love for you to take your next step and call the professionals at Skinatomy Laser Clinic to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can help you choose the treatment that is perfect for you. Fill out the form on this page or call Skinatomy Laser Clinic at (647) 932-6610 (Toronto) or (289) 274-8188 (Mississauga).