Hyperpigmentation can affect people of all colors, often appearing as age spots or sun damage. Although usually harmless, many people choose to undergo hyperpigmentation treatment for cosmetic reasons. Alta Vista Dermatology offers this and other skin care treatments to men and women living in Highlands Ranch and Denver, CO.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition in which patches of skin become darker than the skin around it. This happens when melanin, the pigment that produces skin color, forms a concentrated deposit in the skin. Freckles and age spots are examples of hyperpigmentation. These and other forms of hyperpigmentation often form due to sun exposure. For that reason, these traits are frequently found on the face, neck, hands, and other areas that are commonly exposed to the sun. Although generally harmless, some people pursue hyperpigmentation treatment for cosmetic reasons, with the desire to achieve a more even skin tone.
How is Hyperpigmentation Treated?
Hyperpigmentation can be treated with a variety of treatments. The skin condition and specific needs of a patient will determine which option is best. In some cases, a simple topical solution will be sufficient for minimizing the effects of hyperpigmentation. More severe cases may necessitate chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing. One of our most frequent recommendations is the BBL® HERO™ device, which is a form of BroadBand Light® phototherapy.
How Does BBL® HERO™ Help with Hyperpigmentation?
The BBL® HERO™ device distributes a rapid output of BroadBand Light® therapy. It also offers more power and cooling than other devices on the market for a more effective, more comfortable treatment. With a handful of customizable filters, the BBL® HERO™ device can be customized based on each patient’s skin type and skincare needs. Then, the BroadBand Light can be emitted to the precise depths of the skin where hyperpigmentation occurs. The skin cells will absorb this light energy, destroying darker skin cells and encouraging new ones to grow in their place. Patients will notice improvements within weeks of treatment.
What Can I Expect from Hyperpigmentation Treatments?
Chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing treatments can be performed at varying intensities to match the unique needs and desires of the patient. In some cases, they can be combined to achieve maximum results. Chemical peels are comfortable treatments involving a medical-grade facial peel that exfoliates the skin and produces a radiant, even skin tone. Laser skin resurfacing uses carefully controlled laser energy to remove the outermost layer of skin and stimulate collagen growth, resulting in the growth of healthy new skin underneath. In either case, you can expect mild redness or peeling for a few days following your treatment. During this time, the skin will be extremely sensitive to the sun, so it will be important to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure. Afterwards, you will notice an improved skin tone and texture with a reduction in the appearance of hyperpigmentation. In some cases, multiple treatments will be necessary to achieve your desired results.
Are the Results from Hyperpigmentation Treatment Permanent?
Hyperpigmentation treatments will permanently correct the color of the skin in the treated areas. However, these treatments cannot prevent future sun damage, which may cause additional hyperpigmentation. We recommend that patients protect themselves from the sun responsibly to limit hyperpigmentation and to ensure that their results are maintained.
If you have developed age spots or other forms of hyperpigmentation, contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the treatment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alta Vista Dermatology proudly serves residents of Colorado, including those in Denver and Highlands Ranch.
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