Do you have dark spots on your face that you keep covering up with makeup? You are not alone! Excessive pigmentation is an extremely common and usually harmless skin condition that occurs when your skin produces too much melanin and we refer to this as hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skin concerns we see at Flawless Med Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Luckily, we have several treatments for erasing these annoying skin spots and lightening the skin.
Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. These dark spots can be the result of an overproduction of melanin by skin cells. Melanin is the pigment that produces your skin, eye, and hair color. When too much melanin is created, it can lead to uneven pigmentation. There are several triggers that can stimulate the overproduction of melanin. The major culprits are excessive sun, hormonal changes, pregnancy, and genetics. For some people, this is how they heal, they form pigment. We refer to this as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and commonly see this with acne.
Age spots, acne scars, and melasma are some of the most common types of hyperpigmentation that we see at Flawless Med Spa.
Age spots or sun spots are small brown spots that usually appear on areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as your face, hands, arms, and legs. They can also be called “liver spots,” but they have nothing at all to do with your liver. Even though this kind of hyperpigmentation is more common in older adults, young people can get them too if they get a lot of sun.
Melasma is a chronic pigmentary condition characterized by brown-tinted patches on the face, particularly on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. The condition is triggered by changes in hormone levels and can be made worse by pregnancy, excess sun exposure, or oral contraceptives. Melasma is more common in women than in men.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is also known as Pigmented Scars. Some examples often include overexposure to the sun, acne, and trauma to the area. Essentially the inflammation causes melanocytes (pigment producing cells) to send melanin or pigment to the skin’s surface to protect it. This pigment can form spots such as acne spots or blotchiness throughout areas of the face. Sometimes PIH can mimic melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation that rests deeper in the skin’s tissue. Many people who attempt to treat melasma after various aggressive peeling lasers and chemical peels may actually have PIH resting on top of their melasma. This is usually because both can exist together. However, the good news is both can be treated the same way.
Age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma respond well to laser therapy. At Flawless Med Spa, we use the innovative PicoSure® laser to remove hyperpigmentation and revitalize the tone and texture of the skin. The PicoSure® technology uses concentrated energy to target the cells with excessive pigmentation and break up the surplus melanin deposits. The dark spots eventually lighten leaving the skin clearer and more youthful.
Chemical peels can also treat hyperpigmentation and improve the look of your skin. Peels involve applying a chemical solution that removes the outermost layers of dead skin cells, helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. As the skin cells regenerate, there is a dramatic improvement in skin tone and texture.
There are an array of medical strength skin care products that can help lighten the pigment. The skincare experts at Flawless will develop a specialized skincare regimen that is tailored to your skin. When it comes to pigment, it must be tailored to the individual. These packages can include lightening creams, like Hydroquinone, retinol, specialized cleansers, and sunscreen.
DiamondGlow® Treatments are an excellent way to exfoliate and infuse your skin at the same time. During this procedure, your Aesthetician will use a specially designed handheld tool to gently rinse away the outermost layer of skin (the epidermis). What makes our DiamondGlow® unique is that we can infuse the skin with serums that will help to “Quiet” the melanocytes from producing more melanin.
Lightening darker spots on the face and body can take multiple treatments and Flawless recommends a holistic approach that includes Pico laser facials, chemical peels, a medical skincare regimen tailored to your skin, and DiamondGlow® Hydrafacials. Flawless offers unique packages and has a special Skin Membership that offers patients the flexibility to pay monthly and try all these procedures.
Since hyperpigmentation has a high recurrence rate, it is essential to take the necessary steps to manage the condition. Medical-grade sunscreens and skin brightening creams can help control hyperpigmentation in the long term. Patients are encouraged to wear medical-grade sunscreen daily. We recommend the nourishing Flawless Med Spa Clear SPF 45 sunscreen for optimal protection. The clinical team at Flawless Med Spa may also recommend products such as hydroquinone and skin brightening serums to keep melanin production under control.
Are you ready to see your dark spots disappear? We invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic nurses to assess your skin and recommend the right treatment package for you.
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.
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