One of the biggest concerns our clients come into the office with is hyperpigmentation, whether it be in the form of melasma, age spots or post inflammatory pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a very common problem that most women will face at some point in their lives because of sun exposure, aging, acne scarring, hormonal changes or a combination of them all. Thankfully, there are many hyperpigmentation treatment options available to decrease current hyperpigmentation and protect against future concerns.

One very popular modality used to treat hyperpigmentation is  IPL Laser (Intense Pulse Light). IPL Laser works by using light energy to heat the dermis and pull the pigmentation to the surface of the skin so that it can eventually be absorbed by the body or flake off.

Another option for treatment of hyperpigmentation is chemical peels. Chemical peels are a great, versatile option for all skin types experiencing pigmentation. Chemical peels work by removing the top layer of skin (epidermis) which contains the unwanted pigmentation, and revealing the fresh skin underneath. At Aesthetica MedSpa, we carry a wide range of chemical peels to utilize depending on the skin concerns of each individual client. The 4 most popular types of peels are AHA, BHA, TCA and Phenol peels. AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) peels are commonly more mild peels that only affect the epidermis and have shorter down time.These peels can help target fine lines and wrinkles and minor skin pigmentation or irregularities. Stronger peels that penetrate more into the deeper layers of the dermis include TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels and Phenol peels. These peels can help with more severe skin concerns and even though there is more downtime required, the results are long lasting skin rejuvenation.

In addition to treatment options available for hyperpigmentation, at Aesthetica MedSpa we carry medical grade Skinceuticals products that can help lighten pigmentation at home and reduce future pigmentation. We highly recommend using a Vitamin C in the morning and a retinol about 3-5 times per week at night. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage while also lightening any current pigmentation present on your skin. Retinol works in conjunction with Vitamin C by helping increase the cell turnover rate which speeds up the process of getting rid of the areas of the skin containing the unwanted pigmentation. Using both products together will leave you with skin that is clear, even and bright!

Although hyperpigmentation may seem difficult to treat, there are many options to help you decrease it and finally achieve the skin of your dreams!

To learn more about these options and assess the best route for you, schedule a free skin analysis with our Medical Estheticians below.

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