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What is Pigmentation?
Skin Pigmentation refers to how much melanin the body generates. Generally skin pigmentation disorders are broadly divided into 2 types:
- Hyperpigmentation (Excess Melanin)
- Hypopigmentation (Reduced Melanin)
How does Pigment Laser work?
A Pigment Laser emits a wavelength of energy that is specific and well absorbed by a particular Chromophore (i.e Melanin) being treated. The energy is restricted to the target (Pigment) thus sparing the surrounding untreated skin.
What to expect during Post Laser Treatment?
- Erythema/Redness that may linger for ~24 Hours
- Warmth and Slight Swelling (Edema)
- Frosting that usually lasts ~30 minute
- The targeted pigments will become 2-3 shades darker and shed over time (~3-10 days)
- The pigments treated will gradually lighten or clear after a couple of sessions
- Hypopigmentation may occur but is usually transient and resolves after a few months
Post Treatment Care
Protect your skin by limiting sun exposure, using sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and moisturizing regularly.
Frequency and Timing
Recommended at least 1 month apart between treatments.
The Golden Question: How many sessions are required?
The number of sessions required varies based on the type of pigment(s) that are being treated. However, with each successive treatment the pigments will progressively be lightened. Combination treatments are recommended to yield better results. Therefore, it is best to get a consultation done before the treatment plan can be tailored accordingly to suit your skin condition.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Pigmentation laser sessions are generally well-tolerated, with many people experiencing minimal discomfort. The sensation often feels like mild stinging or tingling. However, pain thresholds vary, and practitioners may use numbing creams to enhance comfort during the procedure.
Yes, pigmentation laser treatments can be effective on a variety of skin tones. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified practitioner to determine the most suitable approach for individual skin types and conditions.
There is typically minimal downtime after a pigmentation laser session. Some individuals may experience mild redness or swelling, but it usually subsides quickly. Makeup can often be applied immediately, and normal activities can be resumed shortly after the treatment.
The results of pigmentation laser treatments are often long-lasting, but permanence can vary. Maintenance may be required for optimal outcomes, and factors such as sun protection and skincare play a role in sustaining the benefits over time.
Yes, pigmentation laser treatments can often be combined with other skincare procedures for enhanced results. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified practitioner to ensure the compatibility and safety of combining specific treatments based on individual skin concerns.