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Hyperpigmentation Treatment

Hyperpigmentation Treatment in Edmonton

Hyperpigmentation is a completely harmless condition in which skin patches darken compared to the surrounding skin. Extra melanin, the brown pigment that gives skin its color, deposits in the skin, causing it to darken. Skin hyperpigmentation can affect people of any race.

Hyperpigmentation of the age spots, also known as “liver” spots, is common. We refer to them as solar lentigines because they develop due to sun damage. These small, darkened patches are most commonly found on the hands, face, and other sun-exposed areas.

Factors that contribute to Hyperpigmentation

Melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, can begin producing brown pigmentation, at an abnormal rate, as a result of hormones or sun damage to cause Hyperpigmentation
The following are some examples of hyperpigmentation factors

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation refers to the dark spots that remain after a zit has healed.
  • Photoaging – Sunspots are most commonly found on the face. Extensive sun exposure and a lack of sunblock are the root causes of all photoaging issues.
  • Melasma – These are gray-brown patches that are usually caused by pregnancy hormones. For the majority of women, it will go away after the baby is born.
  • Freckles are tiny brown spots that can become more severe as we age.

Treatment of hyperpigmentation is a combination of

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What laser do we use?

There is no definitive answer to this question. We offer the best laser machines in the skincare industry at Albany Laser and Cosmetic, including the Spectra nano-second, Fraxel Dual with two wavelengths, and Fotona laser. The combination is critical for achieving the best results in hyperpigmentation treatment.

“There is a lot we can do to help someone who has melasma, sun spots, age spots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is the dark spots caused by acne,” said Dr. Kamal, Doctorate of Pharmacy. “By combining the power of chemistry, laser light, and microneedling, we are able to provide dramatic improvements in the appearance of hyperpigmentation in many of our patients.” “Hyperpigmentation is traumatic for many of our clients because it appears most frequently on the face.”

One of the most treatable disorders we see is hyperpigmentation. Lasers and other treatments have shown tremendous success in treating these disorders and allowing patients to look the way they want to. Best of all, the treatments are quick and usually do not need to be repeated too frequently.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment Summary

Session time

Each session take 30-60 mins that includes filling the forms and applying cream  

Discomfort level

Mild to High according to the treatment. We have several ways of decreasing the level of discomfort

Session Numbers

Each case is different, so the number of sessions may vary between four to eight sessions

Downtime/Side Effects

Some treatment such as Hydrafacial has no downtime. Other could be one to seven days

Session frequency

Treatment sessions should be spaced by four to twelve weeks to give your skin enough time to recover
Treatment results
You might notice that the pigmentation is getting darker first. Then it starts fading away slowly.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment FAQs

Hyperpigmentation is characterized by an excess of melanin in the skin, which causes it to look darker and blotchy in some areas. Actinic lentigines or sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and Melasma are the three most common types of this skin disorder. Despite the fact that hyperpigmentation is not dangerous, it can make people feel self-conscious and is difficult to heal. Inflammation (acne, eczema, or allergic responses) and damage to the skin induce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (surgery, incorrect microdermabrasion use, lasers, chemical peels, etc.). This damage stimulates the release of inflammatory cells, which induce pigment cells in the skin to create more pigment.
UV exposure from the sun is the most common cause of hyperpigmentation. This causes an overproduction of melanin, which rises to the epidermis’ surface, resulting in a black spot or patch on the skin. Sunbathing, tanning booths, and neglecting the use of sunscreen can all cause hyperpigmentation. Excessive sun exposure can cause sunspots, age spots, and black patches over time. Melasma, on the other hand, is caused by a hormonal imbalance and is more frequent in pregnant women. Melasma can also be caused by genetic composition, which can be passed down from generation to generation.
Hyperpigmentation can be treated in a variety of methods, some of which are more effective than others. Medical therapies that are more severe and intrusive can be recommended by a professional. Prescription drugs and chemical peels are examples of these. These therapies have extensive recovery durations and, in some situations, might cause further skin damage. They can even draw attention to hyperpigmentation. However, because to improvements in technology, there are now hyperpigmentation treatments that are both effective and gentle on your skin. The Laser Spectra Peel is an example of one of these procedures. Heat and light are used in this hyperpigmentation therapy to target and eradicate the darkened patches. The melanin in the region is effectively broken apart by bursts of energy, which is then absorbed into the body and eventually vanishes.
The Laser Spectra Peel therapy is permanent in the sense that the lesions will not reappear after they have been eliminated. Aging, hormonal changes, and UV exposure, on the other hand, might cause new hyperpigmentation. The laser treatments can help with existing hyperpigmentation, but they can’t prevent new hyperpigmentation from developing. Over time, it leaves the body and vanishes.
Visit Albany Cosmetic and Laser Center in Edmonton if you need hyperpigmentation treatment. We provide high-quality anti-aging skin and body care for our clients using the most up-to-date clinical technologies, including the most advanced Laser Peel treatment for hyperpigmentation. We endeavour to deliver the greatest skin rejuvenation services in the city, and we encourage and counsel our patients to help them make informed and suitable decisions regarding their skin, health, and body confidence.
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Hyperpigmentation Treatment Guide

Is hyperpigmentation an issue?

In most cases, hyperpigmentation is not associated with any serious health problems. It’s usually caused by an old scar that healed after damaging the melanin-producing cells just beneath the dermis. It is not difficult to get rid of hyperpigmentation with the right laser treatment, which helps to correct those cells and prevents melanin overproduction.

What is the cost of the treatment protocol?

Prices range from $300 to $1500 depending on the protocol. To get a better idea, schedule a free consultation.

What kind of laser do we use?

There is no definitive answer to this question. We offer the best laser machines in the skincare industry at Albany Laser and Cosmetic, including the Spectra nano-second, Fraxel Dual with two wavelengths, and Fotona laser. The combination is critical for achieving the best results in hyperpigmentation treatment. “There is a lot we can do to help someone who has melasma, sun spots, age spots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is the dark spots caused by acne,” said Dr. Kamal, Doctorate of Pharmacy. “By combining the power of chemistry, laser light, and microneedling, we are able to provide dramatic improvements in the appearance of hyperpigmentation in many of our patients.” “Hyperpigmentation is traumatic for many of our clients because it appears most frequently on the face.” One of the most treatable disorders we see is hyperpigmentation. Lasers and other treatments have shown tremendous success in treating these disorders and allowing patients to look the way they want to. Best of all, the treatments are quick and usually do not need to be repeated too frequently.

What are the side effects of hyperpigmentation treatment?

It depends on the treatment and protocol, but the most concerning issue is darkening the pigmentation lesion. Most inexperienced laser users select the incorrect settings or the incorrect laser. As a result, it is critical to select the right laser center for treatment.

What are the side effects of hyperpigmentation treatment?

It depends on the treatment and protocol, but the most concerning issue is darkening the pigmentation lesion. Most inexperienced laser users select the incorrect settings or the incorrect laser. As a result, it is critical to select the right laser center for treatment.

What factors contribute to hyperpigmentation?

Melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, can begin producing brown pigmentation as a result of hormones or sun damage. Melanin is a natural pigmentation that is not to be confused with skin melanoma. Pigmentation is what causes dark skin. It usually appears as a tan, freckles, and, later in life, age spots and sunspots on light-colored skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs when normal skin pigmentation becomes out of control and becomes a nuisance. The following are some examples of hyperpigmentation: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation refers to the dark spots that remain after a zit has healed. Photoaging – Sunspots, also known as photoaging, are most commonly found on the face. Prolonged sun exposure and a lack of sunblock are the root causes of all photoaging issues. Melasma – These are gray-brown patches that are usually caused by pregnancy hormones. For the majority of women, it will go away after the baby is born. Freckles are tiny brown spots that can become more severe as we age.

What can you expect at Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center?

The expert at our center will design a protocol to fit specific cases based on the severity and cause of the pigmentation. Although some results may be visible right away, the true effects will be visible about a week after the first laser treatment. This is because melanin production would have ceased, and brown skin cells would have begun to fall away. These treatments are also effective in treating acne and other skin conditions. However, other treatments, such as hydrafacial, may be required before beginning laser treatment.

Differences between Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

Melasma or chloasma spots are larger areas of darkened skin that appear as a result of hormonal changes and resemble age spots. Pregnancy, for example, can cause an increase in melanin production, resulting in a “mask of pregnancy” on the face and darkened skin on the abdomen and other areas. Because their bodies undergo hormonal changes similar to those experienced during pregnancy, women who take birth control pills may develop Hyperpigmentation. If the pigment bothers you, you should stop taking birth control pills.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options in Edmonton

hyperpigmentation infographic
hyperpigmentation infographic

What can you do for Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a medical word that refers to areas of skin that are darker in colour. These patches are produced by excessive melanin production, which may trigger various factors, including acne, sun damage and hormonal swings. If you are suffering from Hyperpigmentation, you are not alone. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin problem that may be treated in various ways.

Bleaching creams

Lightening creams are over-the-counter (OTC) medications that utilize certain components to reduce pigmentation. Numerous creams are also available in heavier prescription-strength formulations. They are often used once or twice daily to assist in the gradual lightening of the skin. Gel-based lightning treatments are also available. Licorice extract, N-acetylglucosamine, and vitamin B-3 are all common constituents in over-the-counter lightening remedies (niacinamide)

Who should give this a shot?

Whitening lotions or gels work well for flat areas such as Melasma or age spots. They are beneficial for discoloration areas on the majority of skin types. While over-the-counter (and often more economical) alternatives for Hyperpigmentation are available, they may take longer to work than expert treatments.

Acids on the face

Face acids, or skin acids, function by exfoliating, or removing, the skin’s top layer. When you exfoliate your skin, fresh skin cells replace the old. The procedure helps balance out the tone of your skin and makes it more smooth in general. Numerous facial acids are available over the counter in beauty and drugstores. Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, are popular choices. Other options might include

  • acetaldehyde azelaic acid
  • acid kojic
  • vitamin C salicylic acid (in the form of l-ascorbic acid)

Retinoids

Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, are among the most widely used OTC skincare components. Their tiny molecular structure enables them to enter the skin deeply and treat the layers underneath the epidermis. You can get Retinoids by prescription and over-the-counter formulations. However, over-the-counter equivalents are typically weaker. If you have not noticed a significant improvement after several months, consult your dermatologist about a retinoid tretinoin (Retin-A) prescription.

Who should give this a shot?

While OTC retinoids may be acceptable for all skin tones, you should consult a professional if you have darker skin and want to use these treatments long-term. Additionally, it is worth noting that retinoids are frequently used for acne and fine lines rather than Hyperpigmentation. Therefore, retinoids may not be the optimal first-line therapy. If you have many skin issues, you might want to consider the following: Differin Gel is a prescription-only retinoid that aids in treating acne and Hyperpigmentation.

Peeling agent

A chemical peel utilizes greater concentrations of acids to treat a specific skin region. They minimize Hyperpigmentation’s appearance by eliminating the epidermis. Deeper versions may reach the skin’s main layer (dermis), resulting in more dramatic outcomes. While many chemical peels are accessible without a prescription, you may want to choose a professional-grade peel at your dermatologist’s office. These are more strong and produce results more quickly. Because of their potency, in-office peels may increase your chance of experiencing adverse effects. Consult your dermatologist on your specific risks. Both at-home and in-office chemical peels include the risk of redness, irritation, and blistering. When used incorrectly, blisters or scars may form.
If you love to have long sun exposure, chemical peels may not be the ideal treatment option. Chemical peels increase the sensitivity of your skin to the sun’s rays. If you do not wear sunscreen or employ other forms of UV protection, the sun might aggravate your Hyperpigmentation. After your last chemical peel, you must use additional vigilance for at least one week.

Chemical peels maybe work if you have the following:

  • aging spots
  • sun damage
  • melasma
  • blotchy complexion

They work best on lighter skin tones and may provide effects quicker than face acid solutions. If you have skin type 4 and up (darker skin tone) or desire a harsher peel, contact our Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre professionals. They may describe the professional peels they provide and assist you in selecting the best one for you.

Laser resurfacing (skin resurfacing)

A laser peel (resurfacing) therapy reduces Hyperpigmentation by utilizing concentrated light beams. There are two types of lasers for skin resurfacing: ablative and non-ablative. The Ablative lasers are the most powerful but more superficial, as they remove layers of your skin. Non-ablative therapies target the dermis to encourage collagen growth and tightening advantages. While ablative lasers are more aggressive, they may have more adverse effects. These treatments deplete components in your skin, promoting the regeneration of tighter, more toned skin cells.

Skin resurfacing is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Ablative lasers may be more effective on those with fair skin. If not used properly, Non-ablative versions may cause the skin to darken rather than lighten in certain individuals. Our Albany Cosmetic and Laser staff will work with you to determine the best treatment for your skin’s discoloration and general tone.

Laser IPL infographics
Laser and IPL infographics

IPL treatment (intense pulse light therapy)

IPL is a non-ablative (fractional) laser therapy. As a photo facial, IPL treatment encourages collagen formation in the dermis. Typically, numerous sessions are required. IPL addresses pigmentation disorders, but flat areas react particularly well to this therapy. Additionally, it may aid in correcting wrinkles, spider veins, and enlarged pores. According to Emory Healthcare, IPL is most effective for those with fair skin.

HydraFacial

HydraFacial is a non-invasive technique performed in the office to treat Hyperpigmentation that is limited to the epidermis (superficial scarring). Your dermatologist will perform the HydraFacial using drill-like handheld equipment equipped with a wire brush or other abrasive attachments. The instrument is swiped across your skin, removing the epidermis quickly yet softly. One session is not enough, and several HydraFacial sessions may be necessary to reach your desired outcome. HydraFacial Microdermabrasion is more effective on shallow scars. We will discuss all options to help you make an educated decision about the appropriateness of this treatment. Additionally, it works well for those with lighter skin tones.

Albany Cosmetic and Laser Center’s philosophy is about restoring youthful, healthy skin, not just improving its appearance. Hyaluronic acid, horse chestnut seed extract, red algae extract, copper, zinc, and magnesium peptides are among the botanical ingredients delivered using advanced, patented vortex technology. The Pigmentation Reduction treatments are a seven-step process that helps cleanse the skin, eliminate dead skin debris, provide the necessary hydration, and provide essential nutrient support to rejuvenate the skin. The third phase uses red and infrared LED lights to encourage natural collagen and vitamin D production. The application of the Britenol Vortex-Booster, a clinically proven treatment for reducing the appearance of brown spots! The treatment, developed specifically to revitalize dull skin, targets dark spots and sun-damaged regions, leaving skin radiant and even-toned.

Microdermabrasion infographic
Microdermabrasion infographic

Laser Carbon Peels for Hyperpigmentation

We commonly use Laser carbon peels to improve the appearance of oily skin and large pores. After one or more treatments, fine lines and wrinkles should be visibly reduced. In one published case study, we followed a patient improvement over six-carbon peel treatments administered two weeks apart to a young lady with extensive pustular cystic acne. The fourth treatment resulted in significant improvements. Moreover, after the sixth treatment, we noted a 90% improvement in her acne. Two months later, these long-term effects were obvious at a follow-up session. As with chemical peels, laser carbon peels do not produce long-term results.

You may require continued treatment to preserve the benefits of each. You may repeat Carbon peels every two to three weeks. However, we should allow sufficient time between treatments for the skin to recover. Each individual’s skin is unique. Consult your physician or a qualified aesthetician to ascertain the number of treatments necessary to get the desired outcomes.

Which products are most effective for each skin tone?

Skin tone might influence the strength and duration of hyperpigmentation treatments. As Dr. Alhallak points out, persons with fair, medium, and dark skin tones can benefit from some of the same procedures, but those with darker complexion require a longer time for the therapy to take effect.

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