On your quest for a smooth and even skin tone, unwanted pigmentation can be frustrating. Sun damage, age, and conditions like acne, can lead to stubborn spots on the skin. Fortunately, laser treatment can be effective at removing these irregularities. Here’s what you should know about this popular cosmetic service.
Hyperpigmentation can have a number of causes, and this issue can appear at any time of life. However, most of the time, sun damage and inflammation are the two biggest culprits. Other risk factors include hormones, medications that increase photosensitivity, overall darker skin tones, and skin injuries. Some of the most common conditions associated with pigmentation irregularities include:
Keep in mind that hyperpigmentation can also result from medical conditions like Addison’s disease and hemochromatosis. If you have additional physical symptoms, such as fatigue, stomach pain, and weight loss, be sure to see a doctor.
Laser therapies are among the most effective treatments for pigmentation irregularities. Your dermatologist will likely recommend the Fraxel Re:store treatment to even out your skin tone. This FDA-approved treatment works by stimulating the production of new skin cells and collagen, resurfacing the skin and evening out texture. Your skin will heal quickly following the laser session, and the treatment requires little to no down time.
Your dermatologist may recommend laser treatment for acne scars and to remove dark spots and freckles. However, this service is also great for anyone with fine lines and wrinkles. Most clients will need around six treatments to see full results, but the exact number of treatments will depend on your specific skin needs.
While laser treatments are a great option for anyone dealing with unwanted pigmentation, it’s also important to see your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings. Sun damaged skin is a risk factor for skin cancer, and your dermatologist will check all moles and dark spots for irregularities. Pairing regular medical dermatology services with cosmetic treatments can best support your overall skin health.
If you’re interested in laser treatments for your unwanted pigmentation, the skin professionals at Pacific Dermatology Specialists can help. We are proud to offer several laser treatments to address pigmentation irregularities, acne, fine lines, and more. With locations in Long Beach, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we also offer medical and surgical services to support your skin’s health. Contact us today to book a skin consultation with one of our licensed providers.