Are you prone to hyperpigmentation and looking for a way to control it? Laser resurfacing can successfully reduce uneven pigmentation, and zap away unwanted dark patches. However, patients are often curious to find out if laser resurfacing will also prevent future hyperpigmentation.
What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening or discoloration of the skin. The dark patches generally occur as a result of the excess production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. Sun damage, inflammation and melasma are the most common hyperpigmentation issues.
What is laser resurfacing and what does it do?
Laser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation procedure that uses laser energy to remove old skin cells, and stimulate the production of new cells. Some lasers rejuvenate the skin by vaporizing the top layer, while others target deeper layers to treat complexion issues such as hyperpigmentation and brown spots (click here to learn more).
Will Laser Resurfacing Prevent Future Hyperpigmentation?
Laser resurfacing can clear up existing skin discoloration, but it will not prevent future hyperpigmentation. After laser resurfacing treatment patients can use topical skin care products to help keep hyperpigmentation under control, but depending on the cause, it may come back in the future.
How lasers treat hyperpigmentation
Some lasers selectively target and break apart the deposits of pigment. There are also fractional lasers that treat hyperpigmentation by creating controlled microscopic injuries in the skin. As the skin heals from this controlled injury, new skin cells are produced that are healthier and clearer.
Are you ready to try laser resurfacing for your hyperpigmentation. Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in Philadelphia or Plymouth Meeting, PA, The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.drbrenman.com, or by calling (267) 214-2443.