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What it is

Hyperpigmentation is the production of excess melanin causing dark spots on the skin. Age spots, liver spots, freckles, sun spots and melasma are all types of hyperpigmentation. There are several treatments available to reduce or remove the darker skin, improving overall skin tone to mitigate this issue.

How it helps

Hyperpigmentation can be the result of an injury or trauma to the skin. For example, a cut can heal but in its place, pigment has darkened. This is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In some instances, the injury can result in hypopigmentation, the absence of melanin in the given area. As we age, the uneven appearance of our skin can be a combination of both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation, partly as a result of UV damage to our skin and therefore melanocytes.

What to expect

There is not a one size fits all plan to address hyperpigmentation. Variables can include the natural melanin content of skin or skin type, the darkness of the pigmented lesions themselves, level of sun exposure and if the pigmentation hormonally driven. Fortunately, Mad Peaches is able to address the multitude of these factors through prescriptions, BBL, profractional laser, and skin peels.

In darker skin types, as well as with melasma, hydroquinone (a cream or solution for lightening the skin) is often prescribed temporarily. Hydroquinone could be described as melatonin for melanocytes and not a permanent solution, but one which keeps the hyperpigmentation dormant during the treatment process. The reason is to avoid exacerbating the hyperpigmentation. Laser therapy is a controlled wound that urges the body’s natural healing properties (including producing more collagen) to kick into action. Keeping the riled up melanocytes calm through the use of hydroquinone allows the skin specialist to fix the condition without exacerbating it.

 BroadBand Light

BBL works by removing the melanin from the vessel itself, essentially removing the root cause of what is creating the hyperpigmentation. After the BBL treatment the pigmentation will darken immediately to potentially 24 to 48 hours after. Depending on the treatment area, this pigmentation will slough off to reveal more even skin in approximately a week. For deeper pigmented lesions that have been active on skin for years, it can take more than one treatment to remove. For skin that is a combination of both hyper and hypo pigmentation, BBL will even the disparities of pigment in skin. The end result is an even skin tone and more youthful skin.

 ProFractional Laser

This laser puts small holes into the skin to break up pigmentation. It can be thought of as aerating your skin, which allows the melanin to escape from the vessel. ProFractional is typically used in conjunction with hydroquinone for the span of the treatments. This is an ideal option for patients with melasma or scars.

 MicroLaser Peel

Unlike chemical peels that can have a great variability for depth, the Microlaser Peel has an exact and controlled depth. This depth is determined by the patient’s skin, the area of the body and also downtime desired. The laser works by introducing a controlled burn to the skin, causing hyperpigmentation and dead skin cells at the surface to slough off. This creates a lightening effect, resulting in more even skin tone and literally new skin to surface. As we age, layer upon layer of dead skin causes us to lose that glow. The MicroLaser peels this away to reveal youthful skin.

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