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Hyperpigmentation is a disease of the skin that goes with aging. One of the methods to treat this disease is the use of laser treatment. This is a non-surgical cosmetic solution to treat hyperpigmentation of the skin. With a plethora of types to choose from and the expanding availability, we can say that laser treatment is capable for restoring a more youthful look. Here are some tips to know more about how to use laser for hyperpigmentation.
Tip #1: Know its Significance
Hyperpigmentation of the skin is characterized by dark spots that can be seen in the skin. This is formed because of the abundance of melanin. This melanin is the substance that is responsible for natural skin pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation often goes with aging as a result of sun damage that materialized over time. Sometimes it also occurs because of such conditions like acne.
Tip #2: Know its Features
Laser treatment makes use of high energy laser beams that are projected into the skin through a handheld or overhead device. A dermatologist or a plastic surgeon often performs or supervises this procedure. The treatment is done on an outpatient basis and does not involve any downtime.
Tip #3: Know its Types
Some of the laser types that can be used for the treatment of hyperpigmentation are Fraxel, CO2, YAG, fractionated and Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL). These types work differently because they differ by intensity, thermal energy, ablative (this method burns the surface skin tissue) versus non-ablative and functionality. The optimal type which is based on the skin condition should be recommended by your doctor.
Tip #4: Known its Side Effects
The side effects may also vary depending on the type of laser treatment that has been used. The more intensive laser treatments like ablative laser resurfacing will have more potential side effects than those of less aggressive treatments. Some of the potential side effects include irritation, redness, scabbing, bruising and swelling of the treated area of the skin. Anyway these side effects may subside within a few days or weeks depending on the type of treatment that has been used. Treated skin can be more sensitive to ultraviolet rays.
Tip #5: Know its Benefits
Because of the absence of surgical incisions, laser treatment shows fewer risks and a shorter period of recovery time. In most treatments, you will experience little pain or no pain at all and you can return to regular activities just after the treatment. Although there are uncontrollable wounds that are created in the skin, they may heal with new and healthy skin cells of natural pigmentation. The results of laser treatment are long lasting and sometimes permanent.
Tip #6: Know its Cost
The costs will depend on the type of treatment, location, doctor and the skin condition of the patient. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2009, they quoted a national average surgeon fee for ablative laser resurfacing at $2,128 per session and they said non-ablative resurfacing costs $1,359.
These are things you should know about before you use laser treatment for hyperpigmentation. Weigh in on all factors before you finally decide to undergo one.