Ever looked in the mirror and been surprised to find little dark spots on your face that you don’t remember having before? Or maybe you have some sort of darker spots on your arms or legs that seem to have suddenly appeared as you’ve gotten older? This is a condition known as hyperpigmentation. It occurs when excess melanin is produced. This extra melanin leaves little dark spots on your skin which, while generally not harmful, can be frustrating. Fortunately, laser treatment for pigmentation problems like this can help to improve the skin tone by increasing the production of collagen.
The Benefits of Laser Treatment
Laser treatment has a fairly long history of helping people deal with hyperpigmentation. The procedure was initially used in the early 1960s as a treatment for birthmarks. It's come quite a long way since then, and while there were once a great number of risks that surrounded laser treatment, today you get serious benefits without any real risk or downtime.
Laser treatment for pigmentation issues can be used on almost any area of the body. Whether you're concerned about a spot on your face or you have a spot on your hands that's bothering you, laser treatment is ideal in many situations. It can even treat more superficial problems like unwanted freckles.
What to Expect
When you book an appointment, you'll initially meet your laser technician for a consultation session. He or she will take a look at the area where the hyperpigmentation has occurred and examine your skin carefully. You can also typically expect a patch test at that appointment to ensure your skin is ready for laser treatment.
You'll book your treatment session after that. When you arrive, you'll be given protective eye-wear, as the laser used can damage your eyesight, so be sure you keep it on throughout the treatment process.
Most laser treatments that are designed to help pigmentation issues last anywhere from 30-45 minutes. The larger the treatment area, the longer the procedure may take. During the procedure you might feel a slight bit of discomfort - some patients report feeling a “stinging” sensation, but the procedure isn’t known to be painful. For the first day after the procedure you will find that the skin that was worked on will likely be red and may appear a little bit swollen. It’s very important to make sure that you don’t put any makeup or skin products that have fragrance in them on the affected area. If you go outdoors the area should be covered.
Right after the procedure, your technician will apply aloe vera on the area to help soothe the skin. You'll be able to return to your normal activities right after you're done. You can expect a follow up appointment within a few weeks to take a look at the skin and make sure the hyperpigmentation was completely eliminated during the treatment. Make certain to follow your after care routine during that time.