Photorejuvenation for Treating Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a condition where portions of the skin become darker, or more pigmented than surrounding areas of the skin. Freckles, age spots, birthmarks or other darkenings of the skin are often unwanted, and may patients seek treatment for their removal or lightening.
Photorejuventaiton uses laser light (also called Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL) to remove the first few layers of skin to get rid of the hyperpigmented areas and reveal clear, lighter skin underneath. Photorejuventation using IPL can also lessen the appearance of rosacea (a redding of he skin), uneven skin tone and minor sundamage, and improves skinπs elasticity and overall appearance. IPL has also been effective at reducing pore size. IPL is non-invasive and is recommended for patients with extremely sensitive skin who cannot withstand microdermabrasion or more intense laser therapies.
Photorejuventation treatments take about 45 to 60 minutes each and could require several sessions. They are relatively pain-free procedures, but for patients with extremely sensitive skin a topical anesthetic cream to reduce the pain can be applied 15 to 30 minutes before treatment begins. After treatment, there may be a temporary increase in reddening and hyperpigmented areas may appear slightly darker, but over the course of a few days, these conditions will diminish and dark spots will significantly lighten.
Normally, there are five to seven treatments performed every four to six weeks.
Women who are pregnant, epileptic or taking cortisone or steroid injections should avoid this kind of treatment.
After you have decided to pursue photorejuventation to treat your hyperpigmentation, youπll need to set up an appointment with a physician who can safely provide this therapy. Youπll need to set up a pre-consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for photorejuvenation. The best patients are those with generally light skin. Be prepared to pay for a test patch to be performed on your skin to make sure that photorejuvenation is tolerable. During the consultation, youπll also discuss about how many treatments will be necessary for you to achieve the results you are looking for.
If the test patch doesnπt develop any redness, blisters or other adverse reactions, youπll go ahead and set up your first appointment.
Hyperpigmentation is a very treatable skin condition. Photorejuventation is a safe and effective way of lessening the appearance of darker skin patches and should definitely be something to consider if you have hyperpigmented areas you are not happy with.