What is Hyperpigmentation?
Many patients have hyperpigmentation, which is a common cosmetic concern referring to darkened patches that occur on the surface of the skin. Often caused by excess melanin production due to hormone changes or sun exposure, the pigmented splotches can arise on any area of the body. Hyperpigmentation can also be a result of acne marks, eczema, psoriasis, or melasma. At Contemporary Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Robert Nossa treats hyperpigmentation using cutting-edge PicoWay by Candela® laser technology. As a noninvasive skin rejuvenation method, these laser-based hyperpigmentation treatments can reduce the presence of this aesthetic concern and help renew your complexion, as well as stimulate collagen production. Reach out to our location in Marstons Mills, MA to learn more.
How Laser Treatments Work
Dr. Nossa will first assess your skin and determine the cause of your hyperpigmentation. This will help us to create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs. Prior to your laser treatment, a topical anesthetic may be used to minimize any discomfort. The PicoWay laser will be used on the selected areas of skin, which helps to remove the damaged layer and promote your body's natural collagen production. The procedure can take 30 – 60 minutes, depending on your goals. Afterward, you may have some temporary irritation, redness, or discomfort. This should dissipate within several days, and the skin will flake and peel away over the next week or so. Our team can provide at-home care instructions to help ensure proper skin healing.
Hyperpigmentation treatment FAQs
How do I prepare for hyperpigmentation treatment?
In general, it is recommended that you avoid sun exposure and tanning beds when undergoing any kind of laser treatment. This is because harmful UV rays can aggravate the skin and cause scarring. Patients at Contemporary Dermatology are encouraged to protect their skin by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, both before and after the procedure.
Is there a way to relieve side effects from hyperpigmentation treatment?
Some common side effects associated with laser treatment include swelling, redness, and crusting. While these symptoms are generally mild and temporary, they can be irritating. We recommend using a cool compress on the treated area and over-the-counter pain relief medication as needed. Avoiding abrasive skin care products is also advised.
What will my results look like from hyperpigmentation treatment?
The results of laser treatment vary depending on the individual. Generally, patients in Marstons Mills, MA, will see a noticeable decrease in the appearance of dark spots. It is important to note that not all pigmentation will disappear completely, and some residual discoloration may remain. However, our patients tend to be completely satisfied with their outcomes.
Get a Professional Diagnosis
If you are tired of trying to cover dark skin patches with over-the-counter remedies, we invite you to contact Contemporary Dermatology to learn more about our innovative PicoWay laser treatments for hyperpigmentation. Dr. Robert Nossa can provide a personalized treatment plan to address your unique concerns and improve the appearance of your skin. Get in touch with our team in Marstons Mills, MA to book an appointment.