The benefits of laser treatment in relation to skin pigmentation

Posted on 02 Mar, 2011

Laser treatment is used to cure skin pigmentation. This is a very common problem that people face in day-to-day life. The advancement in laser treatments and the quality of machines used results in great results.

Agents that influence skin pigmentation

Skin pigmentation is found in two main types, hyper pigmentation and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. When the body produces excessive melanin it results in skin pigmentation.

Hyper-pigmentation is the normal discoloration of the skin that is caused by medication, sun exposure, hormonal imbalance and eczema. Post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is caused by pimples, cysts and nodules. It occurs after an injury is healed and results in scarring if not taken care of.

Intense Pulsed Light laser treatment for skin pigmentation

Intense Pulsed Light laser treatment aims at eliminating the layer of uneven pigmentation on skin. When the laser beam targets the affected area it stimulates the production of new undamaged skin which is of a natural tone. Laser treatment is well-known for its speedy and immediate results.

It takes about 6 to 12 months for your skin to come back to its normal colour if you use cosmetic creams, medications and so on. Laser treatment expedites the process of recovery, unlike other methods.

Treatment for post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (PIH)

Post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation will fade away with time if it has not scarred. It can take about a year for PIH to fade. To speed up the process of fading you can opt for a procedure called Microdermabrasion. In this therapy the dermatologist uses a machine that targets the dead skin in the troubled area. The skin rejuvenates within four to five days.

When you first meet your dermatologist for laser treatment, he or she will ask you some questions regarding your health. Make sure you tell him everything regarding your medical past.