Aging and sun damage can cause changes in the color of your skin, like sun spots and dark patches. This discoloration can worsen over time, but early treatment helps you retain younger-looking, even-toned skin. Focus Derm Institute in Alhambra, California, offers PicoSure® laser treatments to reverse skin damage and reduce the visibility of hyperpigmentation. To find out if laser treatments are right for you, book an appointment online or by phone.
There are a variety of skin conditions Focus Derm Institute can effectively treat with the non-invasive PicoSure laser technology. These conditions include:
When your skin is damaged by ultraviolet radiation from the sun, the pigment-producing cells in your skin release excess melanin, or skin pigments. This natural response by your body causes sun spots, brown spots, and darkened skin patches.
Melasma is a condition that causes dark patches of skin to form on your cheeks, lips, and forehead. This condition is common among pregnant women due to hormonal changes, but melasma can affect men too. If you are taking birth control or certain medications, you can also develop these dark patches due to an increased sensitivity to sunlight and your body’s overproduction of skin pigments.
Whenever there is inflammation in your skin, you may be at increased risk for developing a condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIPA). Injury and trauma to your skin result in increased amounts of blood flowing to the surface of your skin. This causes your body to produce excess melanin that darkens your skin’s surface. A good example of this condition is the dark skin that develops after you burn your hand on the stove.
Focus Derm Institute uses PicoSure laser treatments to resurface your skin. Laser resurfacing safely removes the top layer of your skin affected by the overproduction of melanin. The laser uses short pulses of light energy to target damaged skin without harming surrounding tissue.
The PicoSure laser technology also triggers your body’s natural healing response. As a result, new collagen and elastin grow to replace damaged skin cells. Over time, as new collagen forms, your skin appears fuller and smoother. Dark patches, age spots, and other pigmentation issues begin to fade.
For several weeks after treatment, new collagen continues to develop and you notice smoother, more evenly toned skin.
Your Focus Derm Institute provider performs your treatment in a comfortable office. To prevent discomfort, they can apply a topical anesthetic over the treatment area.
Following treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, and tenderness of your skin. You can use cold compresses to alleviate symptoms.
For several weeks after treatment, you should avoid direct sun exposure and wear a high-quality sunscreen to protect your skin as it heals.
*Individual results may vary.