Lose those dark spots with safe and effective Hyperpigmentation Treatments
Hyperpigmentation is a common and 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 can affect the skin color of people of any race.
Common Causes of Hyperpigmentation
Age spots or "liver" spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation. They occur due to sun damage, and are referred to by doctors as solar lentigines. These small, darkened patches are usually found on the hands and face or other areas frequently exposed to the sun. Hyperpigmentation is often caused by sun damage and can be treated and prevented with lasers, chemical peels, and skin brightening products.
Melasma is another common form of hyperpigmentation that begins in pregnancy. It is caused by specific hormone fluctuations that occur in pregnant women. Some new mothers see melasma disappear following pregnancy, while others seek products and treatment to even out skin tone after giving birth.
Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
There are now several highly effective laser treatments to address uneven skin tone. The treatment we recommend for you will be based on a number of factors assessed during your consultation. Clear+Brilliant is a popular laser treatment for hyperpigmentation. It's gentle and a top choice among celebrities. Fraxel is another well-known laser treatment that helps even out skin tone as well as addressing the other signs of sun damage and aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. These are just a couple of well-known laser options used for the correction of hyperpigmentation. The technology we use for you with depend upon the results of a full consultation with our providers to determine what procedure(s) will provide you with the best results.
Even if laser treatments aren't right for you, we offer other treatments and products that help even out skin tone, including chemical peels, microneedling, and topical skin brighteners for home use. We also encourage you to wear a facial sunscreen every day to prevent further damage.
Caring For Your Skin After Treatment
No matter what kind of treatments you receive for hyperpigmentation, it's important to reduce your sun exposure and wear a high-SPF facial sunscreen. The skin is extra sensitive during this time; not protecting your skin from harmful UV-rays can cause further skin damage, including increased spots, brown patches, redness, and even precancerous growths. Discuss superior sun protection options with our providers following your treatments to ensure the best results.
Are Laser Treatments for Hyperpigmentation Safe?
Lasers for skin care have evolved over the years, giving patients less invasive options without the downtime associated with ablative co2 lasers. However, laser skin treatments are still a medical procedure. While considered safe for most patients, it's vital to ensure your providers are experienced in laser resurfacing and rejuvenation. Even though laser treatments like Fraxel and Clear+Brilliant are more gentle, they can still cause damage in the hands of an inexperienced provider.
Ultra Smooth Skin founder Lisa Williams is a certified aesthetic nurse practitioner and former medical laser safety officer. She's responsible for testing and certifying aestheticians and nurses in laser skin treatments. She is authorized by the State of Arizona in the Operation and Use and Training of Non-Ionizing Cosmetic Lasers and is a Fellow at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.