Blemishes and dark spots can cause you to feel embarrassed, especially when they appear on the face. At the Pryor Health facility in Rockford, we offer patients hyperpigmentation treatments to address discoloration on the skin.
Chemical peels are exfoliation treatments that use medical-grade solutions to remove dry, damaged, and dead layers of skin. This allows new, healthy skin to grow in its place. These are available in-office at our facility in Rockford.
The type, strength, and target of the peel will ultimately vary to suit each patient’s unique skin type and concerns. The lighter chemical peels will address only the most superficial layers but can heal quickly. Stronger peels with higher-concentrations of TCA or phenol will penetrate into the deep layers of skin, delivering more textural changes but requiring longer recovery periods.
Most patients experience peeling and flaking for the first week after treatment and will see results continue to improve over the next few months.
A photofacial, intense pulsed light (IPL) procedure delivers an arc of broad-spectrum visible light that penetrates into the deep layers of skin to target and remove brown pigmentation. The light is carefully scattered, which avoids damage to healthy skin.
This treatment seems to work backward, with the treated pigmentation actually darkening in the first one to two weeks after treatment, before they fade away. If the healing process is not moving along at the desired pace and spots remain visible for longer than two weeks, a supplementary procedure such as microdermabrasion can help speed it along.
Several treatments are often required for the best results. Unfortunately, patients with dark skin might not be suitable for this procedure, as melanin absorbs light energy, and can increase the risk of burning or scarring.
Laser resurfacing using powerful laser light technology to remove the upper layers of skin. These laser exfoliation treatments allow the damaged and discolored skin to make way for new healthy skin to grow. We offer different lasers to help suit the unique needs of all our patients.
What works best for you will depend on the cause behind hyperpigmentation and your skin type. Dr. Pryor offers services such as Fraxel, Halo, or a CO2 laser. Recovery, downtime, the number of sessions, and final results will vary based on the treatment plan designed for you.
Microneedling is another popular form of skin rejuvenation, as it helps to stimulate the growth of new collagen and cell beneath the skin. Collagen induction therapy (CIT) can be performed in many ways, using different techniques and tools. At the Pryor Health Center, we often combine microneedling with platelet-rich plasma to maximize the benefits and results of this treatment.
Hyperpigmentation is a term that addresses the discoloration of the skin. These changes typically present themselves as flat spots or patches with increased pigment. These blemishes can appear anywhere on the body, but areas with more sun exposure are at higher risk. In large patches, it can contribute to an uneven skin tone.
The condition can occur in all skin tones, but it’s prevalent in patients who naturally have high melanin levels. Hyperpigmentation requires a very delicate approach when trying to treat or correct it, as sometimes the most effective treatments can have the greatest risks if not properly administered.
Hyperpigmentation can develop on the skin for many different reasons. Exposure to the sun is most common, but other factors include acne, hormone fluctuations, and stress. During breakouts, the inflammation pores and injury caused to the tissue can cause cells that produce pigmentation to send more melanin to the area.
This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). and can appear as a red, purple, brown, or black spot left in place of a pimple or acne cluster. These are often mistaken for acne scars. Hyperpigmentation may also develop as irregularly shaped brown or gray patches of skin. This condition is known as melasma or chloasma and is generally caused by hormonal changes, stress, or medical conditions like thyroid disease or lupus.
Sun exposure, as everyone knows, increases melanin production too. This is what causes us to tan and darken when we sit out by the pool. Unfortunately, this can also lead to blemishes like sunspots, age spots, and liver spots. This is also considered hyperpigmentation and is one of the most common ways it will appear.
Thankfully, you can take some extra measures to be proactive and prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring or worsening. Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best ways to do so. 30-plus SPF sunscreens, hats, and long sleeves are all ways to achieve this. Unfortunately, once you have developed hyperpigmentation, it can leave long-lasting marks unless treated using cosmetic or plastic surgery methods.
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.