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About Pigmentation

Pigmentation, which is the change of melanin in your skin, affects more than 80% of women during their lifetime. This often happens when the cells that make melanin are damaged or become unhealthy. If the cells make too much melanin, the skin will become darker. If the cells make too little melanin, the skin will become lighter.

Common Types of Pigmentation

Whether you refer to it as “pigmentation” or “discoloration,” there are many conditions that this title covers. Here are a few of the most common types of pigmentation.

Melasma

Melasma is a pigmentation condition that is deeper within the skin’s dermis. Often triggered by pregnancy, melasma is worsened with UV exposure. Melasma is a particularly frustrating form of pigmentation, as it most commonly appears on the face.

Solar Lentigines

Also known as age spots, spots, liver spots, brown spots, and dark spots, solar lentigines are discolored areas on the skin with a very defined edge. These spots are most often caused by UV sun exposure.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin has experienced trauma. It can happen due to burns, friction, acne, or aggressive treatments.

Treatments

As you can see, there are different kinds of pigmentation and they don’t all respond to the same treatments. When you choose BeauxMD to treat your pigmentation, we will go over your medical history and aesthetic goals in order to ensure you get the correct treatment. Treatment options include:

  • Laser skin resurfacing: Laser skin resurfacing has the ability to target discolored areas of the skin with laser heat in order to destroy the pigmentation without harming the surrounding tissue.
  • Microneedling: Microneedling can decrease pigmentation by breaking up the pigment below the skin’s surface. This is done with controlled puncturing of the skin, using a pen made of superfine needles.
  • Intense pulsed light therapy: IPL therapy uses quick, powerful flashes of intense pulsed light that penetrate below the skin’s surface where the discoloration is. The light will chop the discoloration into miniature particles, and these particles either turn into scabs, or they are taken away by your body’s lymphatic system.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion uses very small particles to “sand” away dead skin. It does not damage skin tissue, and is best for less severe hyperpigmentation issues.
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At BeauxMD, we want to help achieve your aesthetic goals in the safest and healthiest way possible. As a physician owned and operated medical spa, our philosophy focuses on restorative aesthetics and preserving natural beauty. 

Dr. Jeffrey Barstad also believes in creating a customized treatment plan for each individual patient in order to best take care of his or her unique needs. If you’re interested in improving your pigmentation or discoloration issues, please contact us to learn how we can help.

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