Three Ways to Get Rid of Pigmentation Problems
Uneven skin tones, blotchy skin tones, dark spots, age spots or liver spots, sun spots - they all fall under the umbrella of skin pigmentation problems or skin pigmentation disorders. All of those issues can affect the color of your skin, causing it to darken. Some people are born with them – think freckles or moles, while for others, various factors cause dark spots to appear on our skin. We use a variety of treatment options here at ELIAS Dermatology, but we want to focus on Three Ways to Get Rid of Pigmentation Problems.
Common Causes of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is typically diagnosed by a dermatologist. It’s very common, and usually occurs on the face, but can also be found in other parts of the body. The condition, which is usually harmless can impact any race or skin complexion. Some of the most common types of hyperpigmentation include:
Age or Liver spots: Sun damage
Inflammation-related: (dermatitis/eczema, acne)
Melasma or chloasma spots: Hormonal-induced changes (pregnancy & from birth control pills)
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment Options
Of course, there are some DIY ways to try to deal with your skin pigmentation, as well as using prescription medication or over-the-counter medicines. But many patients rave about treatment options they’ve gotten at the dermatologist office.
Treatment #1: Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are an excellent option for treating skin pigmentation. Chemical peels, which can be done on your face, neck, and hands, are a popular procedure here at our office. Chemical peels are one of the many procedures done by our aestheticians. The non-surgical procedure involves applying a chemical combination to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate. When removed, you’ll notice a vast improvement.
Chemical peels are used to treat a multitude of issues – mild scars, wrinkles, and fine lines, but they also work extremely well for reducing age spots and treating sun damaged skin. An ideal candidate for chemical peels is someone with fair skin and light hair. Depending on the skin issue being addressed, it works well on darker skin.
Treatment #2: Laser Treatment
Several innovations in laser technology have widened the scope of usage in treating our skin issues. One of the most popular uses for laser treatment is to target hyperpigmentation. There are various brands of laser treatments, some of which target specific issues. For example – IPL or Intense Pulsed Light. Unlike tradition lasers, IPL has many different wavelengths and is ideal for treating age spots.
Like most treatments, the number of treatments you will need to undergo depends on the condition of your skin and the particular issue you’re addressing.
Treatment #3: Microneedling
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure for facial rejuvenation. But it's not for the faint-at-heart. That's because, during the procedure, micro-fine or very fine short needles are inserted into the skin, to generate new collagen. Microneedling is a great way to target acne scarring and spots, dark spots, and other hyperpigmentation concerns.
Microneedling is typically combined with topical treatments. It’s an excellent tool for rejuvenating aging skin and will no doubt - help your skin glow.
Are You A Good Candidate?
Like all treatments and procedures, everything doesn’t work for everyone. Come in for a consultation to see if you would make a good candidate for our treatments targeting hyperpigmentation in our guide: Three Ways to Get Rid of Pigmentation Problems.
Our Office is Right Near You
Call us at 954-771-0582 to make an appointment at our Fort Lauderdale location, or call 954-961-5322 for our Pembroke Pines location, or you can request an appointment on our website. We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals!