Laser and Phototherapy Treatments for Skin Pigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition seen at Rejuve Clinic. Using makeup to make darkened skin blend in with a normal skin tone can be time-consuming and frustrating. Over-the-counter creams and medications take a lot of effort. The trained medical staff at New York City’s Rejuve Clinic utilizes the best — and most effective — laser and phototherapies to remove or minimize dark spots resulting in an even-toned complexion.
Causes of Skin Pigmentation
Pigmentation happens when skin patches become darker than normal skin tone. Usually harmless, most people come to Rejuve Clinic for cosmetic reasons. Excessively dark pigmentation, when compared to one’s normal skin color, is the result of overproduction of melanin, a dark brown pigment. Melanin is the pigment responsible for variations in normal skin tone, but when produced in excess, it leads to unbalanced skin tone.
Melanin absorbs sunlight easily. The ability of melanin to absorb the sun’s rays helps the prevention of UV (ultra-violet) radiation from passing into the inner skin layer and damaging the cell’s DNA.
UV radiation from the sun also stimulates the production of melanin. Increased sun exposure increases the risk of pigmentation, so the best prevention is the regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoiding overexposure to the sun’s rays.
Pigmentation affects all skin colors. Sun spots, freckles and age spots are the more common examples of pigmentation. These are frequently found on parts of the body that receive a great deal of sun exposure.
Hormone levels also affect melanin production. Melasma, a specific kind of pigmentation, can be affected during hormonal changes while pregnant, taking birth control pills or hormone replacement drugs. Melasma spots are dark, well-define brown areas and appear on the cheeks, nose, lips and forehead. Often termed the “mask of pregnancy” Melasma is also affected by varying levels of a hormone called Adrenocorticotropic which is secreted by the pituitary gland. When Adrenocorticotropic Hormone is increased, diseases like Cushings can occur.
Often, skin-lightening creams containing hydroquinone, a topically applied bleach, are used to lighten dark spots and slow melanin production. Hydroquinone, available by prescription, also works. However, they often are not as effective. Topical bleach creams may trigger allergic reactions in people prone to allergies, so a discussion with a qualified physician is always suggested before use.
Our Approach to Pigmentation
The trained staff at Rejuve Clinic values each person that visits. We understand that everybody is distinct and has unique needs and aspirations when it comes to talking about skin care. Rejuve Clinic is conveniently located on New York City’s Upper East Side where Dr. Marina Gafanovich and her team of skincare experts thoroughly discuss your concerns and desires. During the initial consultation, the staff will learn about your condition and medical history as well as give a thorough exam of your skin. Once a clear diagnosis is reached, one of our trained staff will educate you about your condition and share, in detail, the variety of treatment options. The consultation is the time to express all of your concerns and ask any questions. Our number one goal is to make sure you are full informed, knowledgeable and comfortable with your treatment choice.
Rejuve Clinic’s Treatment Options for Pigmentation:
IPL Therapy or Photofacial
Pigmentation Photorejuvenation or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a terrific, noninvasive way to lighten the skin and reduce dark spots such as sunspots, age spots, freckles and broken capillaries. The IPL device provides gentle therapy and emits a range of light waves that target either hemoglobin in blood vessels or melanin, the pigment that builds up in hyperpigmentation. Read More.
Photodynamic Facial or Blue Light Treatment
This treatment is effective in removing — or diminishing — hyperpigmentation. The patient’s skin is first coated with Levulan, a solution that makes the cells more susceptible to light. Then, penetrating light energy is applied to the spot, resulting in smoother and younger looking skin.Read More.
Fraxel Dual Laser
Highly popular and noninvasive, Fraxel Dual Laser is a microscopic laser whose beams are applied to the skin and penetrate deeply to stimulate your body’s natural collagen production. The results are healthier, softer, younger-looking and dynamic skin.Read More.
Clear and Brilliant
A gentle, mild and low-energy laser treatment that significantly helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and more. This is one of Rejuve Clinic’s most popular treatment option due to its brief recovery time, effectiveness and restorative nature. You can easily receive this treatment on your lunch break and go right back to work! Clear and Brilliant is an excellent choice as an anti-wrinkle preventive measure too. Read More.
Recently rated the best, new, long-term skin rejuvenation tool. With the Fractional CO2 skin Resurfacing Treatment, you will definitely receive the most results in one treatment. While this treatment is more intense and requires more healing time, it results in significant, long-term and noticeable improvements. Read More.
A Chemical Peel can be a great first start for treating hyperpigmentation, numerous other skin conditions, and skin rejuvenation overall. This treatment involves gently applying an antioxidant-rich chemical solution to remove damaged, outer layers of skin. We offer superficial to deep penetration options and will tailor the treatment to your desires. Results are less blotchiness, reduced pigmentation and younger-looking skin. Read More.
Healthy Age Management
We all age, but some of us age better than others. We at Rejuve Clinic want to help you live the healthiest life possible, age gracefully and maintain a healthy skin maintenance plan. We always offer consultations on healthy lifestyle tips, sun protection, best sunscreens, diet and vitamin recommendations, moisturizer recommendations and more.