Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
What is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)?
PIH is also called Pigmented Scars. Any time your skin gets injured or becomes red (sun, heat, acne, laser treatments that peel off the skin, or misuse/overuse of products such as Retin A, Hydroquinone, home chemical peels, and bleaching creams), the skin heals by inflammation. Inflammation causes melanocyte (spot producing cells) to send melanin or pigment to the skin surface to protect it. This leaves spots such as acne spots, or blotchiness that looks like a patch throughout areas of the face. Sometimes PIH can mimic melasma. 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. Therefore, both exist together. The good news is both can be and are treated the same way.
PIH is not as deep as melasma and can therefore respond to Spectral Q-switch laser faster than melasma.
Clients Treated at Skin Perfect Brothers (Burned scar)
This client first came to us with a mixture of melasma and PIH. She received a peeling laser for melasma which caused lots of inflammation (due to heat and peeling). When she healed, the skin developed substantial PIH (pigmented scars). We usually recommend preparing the skin with bleaching cream for 6 weeks (for ethnic skin) prior to the treatment, which will minimize the development of PIH. She does not recall prepping the skin prior to the treatment completed at a different clinic.
In any case, we recommend completing a minimum of 12 Spectral lasers combined with a light superficial Fraxel at the end (Using the new Fraxel Dual Laser). Her face was prepped well (8 weeks with bleaching cream), cooling measures were implemented before, during, and after treatment to prevent inflammation. She was given topical anti-inflammatory creams which cleared up nicely.
Clients Treated at Skin Perfect Brothers using Spectra Laser
Our Client above has developed PIH after intense laser heat. She has completed 11 Spectra treatments with us at Skin Perfect Brothers and said “I got 85% Clearance on my face!”
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