Laser treatment for dark skin

Posted on 14 Jan, 2011

Laser treatment offers a dramatic improvement in the appearance of pigmented and discoloured patches on the skin.

These treatments work for all skin types; however, dark skin is something special. It requires more care and attention. Dark skin has a higher concentration of melanin, a skin pigment which gives it its colour. If skin is scarred, melanin replaces it. Melanin makes the new patch of skin darker than the surrounding skin.

Laser treatments to restore the beauty of dark skin

One effective method is the application of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This form of treatment removes pigmented areas without causing any damage to surrounding skin.

How it is done

The area of skin is covered with a cold gel and intense pulsed light is then focused on the area. It takes no more than 5 minutes to clear a small area of skin. If you need the treatment on your face, it may not even exceed 20 minutes for the entire process.

The method is quick and easy, although a slight sensation of pain similar to the snapping of a rubber band may be experienced. It is similar to the snapping of a rubber band. It takes barely a few weeks for the pigmented patch of skin to disappear.

The treatment prescribed to you may be intense pulsed light, but there are also combination treatments also which may include microdermabrasion. Consult a reputed medical practitioner before undergoing laser skin treatment.