I’ve been a client of skin perfect Brothers for about 8 years now. I had melasma and made an appointment for a consultation. The melasma was removed with a laser call Spectra and I got great results I am very happy with the service and my results Rosa recommended product PMD super hydrating serum& Clarity moisturizer great products. Thank you Skin Perfect Brothers! Christine P., Pico Rivera, CA
Hyperpigmentation and Melasma are two of the most common skin concerns and they are more difficult to treat as there are many underlying causes. Each pigmentation type is slightly different and each one responds differently to certain treatments. Melasma is directly related to hormone levels such as changes during pregnancy, menopause, thyroid conditions, medications (birth control pills), sun exposure, and exacerbated by heat. Hyperpigmentation is the general darkening of specific areas of the face and is usually induced through sun exposure, acne scarring, and aggressive skin treatments.
The Spectra Laser is FDA approved for treatment of melasma, unlike the popular Picosure laser which may worsen the condition of active melasma.
Bigger than sunspots, borders not well defined
2. Lighter than sunspots because they are deeper
3. Mostly patchy
4. Mostly around cheek area(s) on both sides, although other parts of the face can be involved
For patients who have Melasma, you will need a laser treatment that can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Although IPL cannot do that, we still have a solution for you. Our laser is from Korea and it’s called the Spectra Laser by Lutronic. It is ideal for ethnic skin.
What is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)?
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is also known as Pigmented Scars. Oftentimes our skin can become injured or show redness. Some examples often include overexposure to the sun or heat, acne, laser treatments that cause peeling of the skin. This also includes misuse/overuse of products such as Retin A, Hydroquinone, home chemical peels, or bleaching creams. So, whenever this happens, the skin will heal itself through inflammation.
Inflammation causes melanocytes (spot producing cells) to send melanin or pigment to the skin’s surface to protect it. This pigment can form spots such as acne spots or blotches throughout areas of the face. Sometimes PIH can mimic melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation which rests deeper in the skin’s tissue. Many people who attempt to treat melasma after various aggressive peeling lasers and chemical peels may actually have PIH resting on top of their melasma. This is usually because both can exist together. However, the good news is both can be treated the same way.
PIH is not as deep as melasma and can, therefore, respond to a Spectral Q-Switch laser faster than melasma.
Prior to the treatment, we generally recommend preparing the skin with bleaching cream for about 6 weeks. This will minimize any new development of PIH. We recommend completing a minimum of 12 Spectral Laser treatments followed by a light, superficial Fraxel Dual Laser treatment. We also implement cooling measures before, during, and after treatment to prevent further inflammation.
Sunlight greatly increases the formation of any type of hyperpigmentation. In addition to avoiding sun exposure, “Suppression Therapy” – the daily use of cosmeceuticals that suppress the activation of melanocytes in sunlight – is highly effective in combating the symptoms of hyperpigmentation.
Factors that stimulate hyperpigmentation:
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider implementing an anti-inflammatory detox diet, getting good sleep, going for some daily exercise, and taking antioxidants supplements. An IV infusion of Liver Detox, Anti-Aging treatments, and Skin
Lightening programs are also available at our professional medspa. Learn more about IV detox here or call to book your appointment today.