Pigmentation is another word for color. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the overall color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin produced by special cells within the skin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it alters the production of melanin. While some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin, others may have an affect on your entire body. If your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. If it makes too little melanin it becomes lighter. Pregnancy, Addison's disease, and excessive sun exposure can all contribute to making your skin darker.
The Aging Process
The most common cause of hyper-pigmentation (too much pigmentation) is simply the aging process. Unfortunately as we age, especially if any significant amount of time has been spent in the sun, our skin loses its elasticity and can begin to form unwanted pigmentation. Also called age spots, liver spots or sun spots, hyper-pigmentation can appear as grayish, black or brown spots that vary in size and shape. They appear on areas of the skin that are most exposed to the sun; the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Pigmentation tends to accumulate with more sun exposure and can grow if not treated.
There are several highly effective treatments for most pigmentation disorders, with laser skin resurfacing and IPL being the most popular. At our state of the art medspa we offer cutting edge technology to reduce unwanted pigmentation. Some of the following treatments can be used to effectively reduce pigmentation.
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Laser and Light Based Therapies
Lasers and light therapies are a very popular, non-invasive way to easily and effectively reduce unwanted pigmentation. During the procedure, intense light beams are delivered in repeated pulses and absorbed under the skin’s surface, gently breaking up unwanted skin pigmentation and vascular lesions. When excess pigmentation is removed from skin on the face, chest, arms or hands, the skin is able to reflect light more efficiently, creating a more even-toned skin and youthful appearance.
Heat from the light therapy also assists the body’s natural healing process, stimulating the body’s production of new collagen. The result is a continuing improvement in skin tone and textural appearance in the following months to come. While every patient is unique, typically one would need a series of treatments to thoroughly reduce unwanted pigmentation.
Results And Recovery
Immediately following laser skin rejuvenation or any type of light based therapy, your face may appear slightly red, but this should fade within a few hours and you should begin to see the results within the first 24 hours. Gradually with each session you will see more and more results until the final outcome of a rejuvenated, smoother, more even toned skin is revealed.
As there is very little pain experienced from this non-invasive procedure there is virtually no down time and most patients return to their routine activity immediately.
With many years of experience in transforming faces and delivering some of the best skin rejuvenation available, the staff of the Scottsdale Skin Institute look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals. If you are unhappy with your skin’s appearance and are looking for an effective cosmetic treatment, Scottsdale Skin Institute is your answer. Our caring staff is here to help you answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please call today for a private consultation.