Pigmentation naturally protects the skin against the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays coming from the sun. However, if the body starts producing excessive melanin (the pigment keeping the skin safe from the UV rays), it leads to hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can lead to several skin pigmentation disorders, like skin discoloration, freckles, melasma, vitiligo, albinism, etc. These disorders can affect an individual’s entire body or just the face. Luckily, it is possible to undergo skin pigmentation treatment and get rid of skin pigmentation on the face and body.
Table of Contents
- 1 What are the causes of hyperpigmentation?
- 2 Who is the right candidate for Skin Hyperpigmentation treatment?
- 3 Pre and Post Treatment Care
- 4 Skin Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options
- 5 Results of Skin Pigmentation Treatment
- 6 What are the benefits of skin hyperpigmentation?
- 7 Skin Pigmentation FAQ’s
- 8 Book Appointment Online
What are the causes of hyperpigmentation?
While the primary cause of hyperpigmentation is excessive melanin, there are many other causes of pigmentation. In order to get the proper hyperpigmentation treatment, it is essential to find out its underlying cause.
Some common causes of hyperpigmentation are:
Excess Sun Exposure
While pigmentation keeps the skin safe from harmful UV rays, excessive sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation. The sunlight makes the body produce more melanin, leading to dark spots on the skin.
Some medical conditions can also cause hyperpigmentation or discolored skin patches. For instance, a defect in the adrenal glands leads to Addison’s disease, which increases the concentration of iron in the blood. As a result, it can cause the skin to change color.
Physical and Chemical Injuries
The pigmentation occurring after a physical or chemical injury is called postinflammatory pigmentation. This type of pigmentation is relatively common in people having dark skin tones.
Our skin may react to cosmetic products or contact dermatitis and cause hyperpigmentation. When the skin comes in contact with allergens, it may react to them and cause different skin problems, including eczema, scaly patches, hives, etc. These skin problems can cause irritation and blisters, leading to hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
Exposure to Radiation
Most cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy develop dry, itchy, and sunburned skin. Pigmentation can also intensify as a result of radiation. These skin problems lead to red spots on the skin, developing hyperpigmentation.
Who is the right candidate for Skin Hyperpigmentation treatment?
You are an ideal candidate for skin pigmentation treatment if you:
- Have a hypo or hyperpigmentation problem on the face or other body areas
- Have tried traditional methods for getting rid of pigmentation without success
- Are suffering from melasma, vitiligo, albinism, or freckles
- Are between 30 to 50 years
- Have regular to slightly oily skin
- Have sun-damaged skin and age spots on the face or neck
Pre and Post Treatment Care
An expert provides each candidate with pre and post-treatment guidelines. Following these instructions before and after skin pigmentation removal can help recover quickly and get the best results.
During the initial consultation, the expert examines the patient’s skin and prescribes any diagnostic tests to rule out the possibility of cancer. Patients should let the practitioner know of any allergies or medical conditions during this session.
Most experts recommend candidates avoid excessive sun exposure before and after the treatment. If candidates must go out, they should always wear sunscreen and use an umbrella or a sunshade. Besides the sun, tanning products and tanning beds should also be avoided.
During the procedure, candidates may be given protective eye gear to protect their eyes. After the procedure, candidates can use cold compresses to minimize discomfort, swelling, redness, etc. They should also avoid using makeup and skincare products for a few days.
Candidates should immediately inform the practitioner if something unusual happens after the procedure.
Skin Hyperpigmentation Treatment Options
Different options are available for pigmentation reduction, and an expert will choose the most suitable skin pigmentation treatment for each candidate. Some common hyperpigmentation treatments are as follows:
Chemical peels are the most commonly used treatment for hyperpigmentation and dark spots. An expert applies a chemical solution on the candidate’s face during the procedure. The mask peels off the skin’s upper layer, revealing a newer layer underneath. The practitioner decides the peel concentration, depending on the candidate’s skin condition.
Topical medications containing hydroquinone, retinoids, kojic acid, and azelaic acid can benefit hyperpigmented skin. These medications are usually given in the form of lightening creams and sunscreens. They work by lightening the skin spots and reducing the pigmentation.
Exfoliating skin polishes are also beneficial for treating hyperpigmentation. These polishes work by removing dead skin cells and cleaning the clogged pores. As a result, the skin becomes healthier, and there are fewer acne breakouts.
Hyperpigmentation can also be treated with the help of oral medications. Antioxidant tablets help prevent oxidative stress and give the skin a healthy glow with an even tone. Most experts suggest using vitamin C or sunscreen tablets to get blemish-free skin. While oral medications are effective, they only work on some type of pigmentation, and they work well in combination with other treatments.
Laser treatment is considered the most effective option for treating hyperpigmentation. This treatment enhances collagen production in the skin while reducing pigmented blemishes. An expert uses the appropriate laser to target the affected skin surface during the laser treatment. The lasers used for this procedure are safe and do not affect the surrounding skin. When the laser beams come in contact with the melanin deposits, they break them and reduce pigmentation.
A number of lasers are used for laser hyperpigmentation treatment. But at Euromed Clinic Center, we use only the best machines, i.e., Deka SmartXide and Medica PICO.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a light-based treatment that helps reduce hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun damage, and rosacea. This treatment targets different skin layers with multiple wavelengths of light. The IPL device radiates light energy, which converts into heat energy, reducing the excessive melanin in the skin. Moreover, it also enhances collagen fibers, making the skin more elastic and healthier.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive hyperpigmentation treatment. It removes the topmost layer or the skin’s epidermis with the help of a specialized device. As a result, newer and fresher skin appears from underneath. Although microdermabrasion treatment provides excellent results, it usually needs more than one session to get the desired results.
Results of Skin Pigmentation Treatment
The recovery period after a skin pigmentation treatment depends on the chosen technique. But generally, the recovery period is short. Candidates may experience mild swelling, redness, irritation, and discomfort during the recovery period. They can minimize these symptoms using ice packs and cold compresses. Moreover, the practitioner will also prescribe some painkillers to be used in pain.
Once the skin completely heals, candidates will start noticing results. There will be a noticeable change in hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration. However, candidates may need a few more sessions to get their desired results, depending on the severity of pigmentation and the chosen treatment technique. Moreover, no skin pigmentation treatment offers permanent results, and candidates will require follow-up sessions after regular intervals.
What are the benefits of skin hyperpigmentation?
Skin pigmentation treatments have many benefits, including:
- Most hyperpigmentation treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive.
- There is minimal to no downtime after skin pigmentation treatments.
- These treatments remove skin blemishes as well as improve collagen production.
- The skin becomes smooth and spot-free after these treatments.
Skin Pigmentation FAQ’s
What is the most effective treatment for hyperpigmentation?
All skin pigmentation treatments offer excellent results. However, some treatments are slightly more invasive, while others take too long to show results. Chemical peels are considered the best in terms of their minimal invasiveness and quick results. These peels work on a deeper level than some over-the-counter medications and provide better results.
Can hyperpigmentation be cured completely?
It is impossible to cure hyperpigmentation permanently, but we can significantly reduce its appearance with the proper treatment. After the treatment, candidates can enjoy the effects for a long time with appropriate skincare. But these effects will start diminishing over time, and candidates will need follow-up treatment to maintain the results.
What is the fastest treatment for hyperpigmentation?
Experts believe cosmetic procedures are quicker to provide results than creams, serums, and gels. So, if you want quicker results, please go for chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser hyperpigmentation treatment. These treatments also offer better effects than medications.
How much does skin pigmentation cost?
There is no fixed price for skin pigmentation treatments as each candidate has a different skin condition and requirement. Typically, the starting price of hyperpigmentation treatment at Euromed Clinic Center is 1840 AED.
Book Appointment Online
If you want to undergo a skin pigmentation treatment, please get in touch with our experts at Euromed Clinic Center. They will examine your skin and choose a suitable treatment accordingly. So, please fill out the consultation form or give us a call to schedule an appointment.
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