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. Even freckles, which are an inherited characteristic, are examples of hyperpigmentation. These darkened skin patches can become even darker when exposed to the sun. This condition can affect anyone of any ethnicity and can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, skin conditions such as acne, or injuries and surgical wounds. Let’s take a look at practical steps that anyone can take to reduce hyperpigmentation.
Can I Reduce the Appearance of Hyperpigmentation?
There are various ways to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation including prescription creams that are used to lighten the skin with bleaching agents, medical grade skincare, facials, chemical peels, and laser treatments. Let’s take a look at these popular treatments:
At Flawless Med Spa, we offer a wide range of chemical peel treatments to help patients reduce hyperpigmentation and achieve their ideal complexion. There are a wide variety of chemical peels from light, to medium and deep peels. We use Jan Marini Refine, Define, and Transform Facials, SkinCeutical Facials, and PCA Glow and Acne Peels.
A typical chemical peel treatment takes about 45 minutes to perform with results appearing after about 2 weeks and final results visible within one month. You may need more than one chemical peel treatment to see ideal results.
After a chemical peel, patients may have red and slightly swollen skin for approximately one week. This may be followed by scabbing as the skin dries and flakes away. Sunscreen is a must after this procedure to help protect skin against UV rays.
Laser facials are treatments that can even out skin discoloration, reduce hyperpigmentation, get rid of freckles, and even improve rosacea. At our med spa, we use the Pico Laser which works by delivering pulses of light to the dermis which break 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.
Treatments will take approximately 30 minutes for each session. Patients may need multiple treatments to achieve their ideal results, but this varies depending on their individual needs. Results will be seen 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.
Flawless Med Spa offers a variety of facials designed to address hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Treatment sessions generally take 30 to 45 minutes with absolutely no downtime. Facials are also affordable enough to be repeated monthly to keep the skin refreshed and rejuvenated. We offer Jan Marini Facials as well as facials by SkinCeutical.
One of the best things that a person can do for their skin is to start taking care of it early on, before aging, the sun, and the environment can take a toll on it. Preventative steps will always pay off over the long run and to help patients care for their skin, we carry several lines of professional grade skincare. Elta MD is a nourishing sunscreen that cares for your skin better than the average drugstore brands. Other quality brands include SkinCeuticals, Jan Marini, NeoCutis, SkinMedica, Jill Scalisi, and PCA. With each of these product lines, you can rest assured that they will use only the purests, most potent active ingredients delivered with the best delivery system.
Take The Next Step
Patient safety and comfort are our top priorities. Call Flawless Med Spa at (505) 888-1185 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are pleased to serve patients throughout the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe areas.