How does laser for hyperpigmentation treatment work?
Are you looking to lighten your skin color, but desire a faster remedy than home remedies and over-the-counter solutions can provide? Have you heard about laser for hyperpigmentation treatment and are wondering if it’s for you?
Well, today we are going to cover the topic of using laser treatment for you dark skin to help lighten it and bring out the beauty of your natural skin tone. To do that and help you to understand what hyperpigmentation laser therapy is, first let’s cover the specifics about what hyperpigmentation or dark spots on skin are and how hyperpigmentation works.
Hyperpigmentation refers to a condition in which areas of an individual’s body parts, especially the skin, darken. It arises mainly out of the increase in the production of melanin. Aging can also cause this condition.
Various factors can make somebody more prone to hyperpigmentation. These include: drying of the skin (skin lacking moisture), changing of environment to one that is too sunny, and poor exfoliation. Several kinds of medicines – especially antibiotics – can also lead to hyperpigmentation.
Ordinarily, people who suffer from hyperpigmentation are treated by bleaching (using agents like hydroquinone), exfoliation (using Retin A for example) and melanin reduction (using products like Elure – a facial application). However, hyperpigmentation treatment is quickly taking a new direction. Treatments using laser for hyperpigmentation are increasingly becoming popular, especially amongst women of between the ages of 20 and 50.
Laser for hyperpigmentation treatment involves the use of light wavelengths to remove pigmented skin layers. Following absorption into the patient’s skin, the light – upon turning into heat – burns, vapourizes or coagulates the area of skin under focus. This treatment is touted for its precision because the doctor is in a position to control the laser density and penetration levels. Laser treatment for hyperpigmentation comes in two forms: lasers, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). While lasers emit single wavelength light, IPL light wavelength emission is multiple.
The cost of laser for hyperpigmentation treatment can vary. It is dependent on various factors which include the type of light wavelength used, the frequency of one’s visit to their doctor from the beginning of the treatment to the end, the amount of laser treatment needed, and so on.
The cost of a single visit may lie anywhere between $300 and $1500. Costs for complete treatment on the other hand are estimated to be anywhere from $1500 to $6000. It is imperative that one does a lot of inquiring concerning the cost in order to choose the option best suited for them.
Laser for hyperpigmentation treatment comes with its own pros and cons. Let us begin to cover both by looking at its advantages. First and foremost it is almost always completely bloodless. This is unlike the case with scalpel surgery. Also, this kind of treatment makes it very easy to monitor the progress of a patient’s treatment because photos of the area being treated can be taken.
Also, laser for hyperpigmentation treatment can be carried out on any area of the body. As mentioned earlier, it is high in precision – this limits the risk of injury to normal skin.
Laser for hyperpigmentation treatment does not cause much discomfort either. The risks of infection are very minimal compared to other forms of therapy. Liquid nitrogen for instance, is very messy with the ever occurring blisters it causes. Laser for hyperpigmentation treatment has really improved the therapy outcome for hyperpigmentation patients – indeed, the results are long lasting.
There are several disadvantages associated with laser for hyperpigmentation treatment. Although it’s rare, sometimes scaring occurs, especially if the doctor does not have enough experience. Laser beams can also damage the patient’s eyes – extreme caution should be taken to ensure the patient’s are completely covered during the procedure.
Another con to this hyperpigmentation remedy is that some patients can be allergic to the anaesthesia used during the procedure. And sometimes, the color of the underlying skin may be darkened or lightened.
Caution should be taken especially by patients of color, because skin lightening could be permanent. It is also possible, though rare, for blisters to form. In such cases, patients should be advised not to engage in picking or scratching because this could lead to the formation of permanent scars.