Skin pigmentation explanation and treatments
As we age and expose our skin to the sun, the pigment in our skin darkens in patches on our cheeks, noses, foreheads and around our eyes. This facial pigmentation stems from an overproduction of melanin in our skin.
Pigmentation and even hyperpigmentation, which is more extensive discoloration, is not dangerous to our health, but many people are often embarrassed by this condition.
What causes skin pigmentation?
Facial discoloration is extremely common and can emerge for a variety of reasons.
Most causes of skin pigmentation on our faces arise from internal factors like health problems, genetics, allergies, hormonal changes and even pregnancy. However, several external causes also contribute to this problem, such as excessive sun exposure, emotional stress or certain chemicals. Even using an abrasive scrubbing technique during your daily face cleanings can lead to pigmentation issues.
Eucerin, the skin-care and cosmetics company, noted that melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation, affects 90 percent of pregnant women3. Birth control and other hormonal changes can also trigger this skin condition.
Using laser treatment to treat skin pigmentation
Despite the many causes of discoloration in our skin, the ThreeForMe™ laser treatment addresses facial pigmentation issues. This treatment targets three common skin concerns on our faces, leaving the skin looking healthy and vibrant.
The first pass uses an Intense Pulsed Light to hone in on and remove discolored blemishes, such as freckles, brown spots, age spots, sun damage and other pigmentation issues. This IPL technology also treats spider veins, broken blood vessels and rosacea.
The second pass relies on a microbeam laser that revitalizes the support of our skin by boosting the production of elastin and collagen. This reduces wrinkles, fine lines, scars and other flaws that might imperfect your skin. ThreeForMe™ will provide you with an overall skin revitalization treatment, leaving you with smooth and clear skin.
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Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.
ThreeForMe laser treatments can be safely used on most skin types and for common aging and sun-related skin conditions including wrinkles, sun spots and facial vessels. During your consultation, your physician will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of personal factors.
A typical course of treatment involves 1-3 treatments at one-month intervals. However, everyone’s skin conditions are different so your physician will customize the treatment for optimal results on your skin. They will discuss your specific treatment plan during your consultation.
During ThreeForMe treatments most people feel only minimal discomfort. During the treatment you may feel some mild cooling as the laser is guided over the treatment area along with a slight sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. After the treatment, you may experience minor redness and swelling similar to a mild sunburn for a couple days.
Treatments are quick and last about 30 minutes.
Typically, you can resume regular daily activities the same day as your treatment although due to some redness and swelling you may experience a day or two of downtime.
ThreeForMe laser treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective.123
You will see continued improvement in the skin’s appearance during and after a course of 1-3 treatments with visible results after each individual treatment. You may see results in facial veins immediately after the treatment along with a darkening of the brown spots. These spots will flake off over the next one to three weeks leaving you with a glowing appearance. Lastly, you will see progressive results on any fine lines, wrinkles or scarring over the next six months as your skin naturally responds to the treatment.
1. Experts, A. t. (2006). Why does skin wrinkle with age? How can you slow or prevent this process? Scientific American, 100.
2. Flament, F., Bazin, R., Laquieze, S., Rubert, V., Simonpietri, E., & Piot, B. (2013). Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 221-232.
3. “Hyperpigmentation: what it is and how to recognise it”. Eucerin. Accessed 14 Mar 2017. http://int.eucerin.com/skin-concerns/uneven-skin/hyperpigmentation